Chatting with VGC, Takashi Iizuka was quizzed about his thoughts on fan reaction to the gameplay footage, and it’s fair to say he wasn’t surprised by the comments.
It’s not really that surprising. We do realise everyone is just kind of reacting to the videos that they saw, and because they don’t understand what this new gameplay is they’re kind of comparing it to other games that they already know.
So we do see a lot of people saying, ‘oh, it’s kind of like this, it’s kind of like that, but it’s not like this, it’s not like that’. And really, the team is going out and creating this new game format for Sonic, and we’re calling it an ‘open zone’ format.
And this new game system itself is something that doesn’t really exist in any other comparable titles, so we really hope that from here until launch we can really explain what open zone gameplay is.
Elsewhere, Iizuka-san revealed that the team are pleased with where the game currently is, and that they’ve been “doing a lot of play testing with our target audience,” which has resulted in them “listening to the comments that come back” with much of the feedback being positive.
So we do feel that we’re getting to the point where this game is done, and people will like it, and we do want to get that game into our fans’ hands as soon as possible.
Sonic Frontiers is due for release on PS5, PS4, PC, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One in holiday 2022.