IGN has shared new coverage regarding the upcoming Sonic Frontiers about what Open-Zone actually means. Firstly, director Kishimoto mentions that it is essentially a playable and evolved world map, going so far as to call it the game’s “secret weapon.”
“A playable world map that includes stage-like elements is something that hasn’t really been done before, so we had to come up with a new name. What is often defined as a World in other level-based platformers is called a Zone in Sonic games, so we took that and combined it with Open, which refers to a freely explorable field. So that’s what Open Zone stands for.”
- Other recent tidbits from IGN’s coverage include Takashi Iizuka stating that Sonic will likely not get kissed by a human in the future, as it occurred in Sonic 06. He does not believe they’ll be doing that again. Additionally, alongside the rules of Sonic games being that he, of course, has to go fast, another is that he cannot swim. The Olympic Games spinoffs are brought up where Sonic has to wear a flotation device.
- Yesterday, Kishimoto stated that Sonic Frontiers’ combat is highly inspired by the recent Sonic the Hedgehog film, though the specifics of how are unclear. The game will also have references to the movie.
Sonic Frontiers is releasing for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC in Holiday 2022.
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