An interesting reveal from Sega confirms that the recently announced Sonic Frontiers originally launched in 2021 but was delayed to further improve the quality of the game.
The news that Sonic Frontiers originally launched in 2021 comes from the company’s 2021 management meeting, where Sega president Haruki Satomi and other key staff talked up their latest goals and ambitions.
“Originally it was planned to be released on this year, the 30th anniversary of Sonic, but we have postponed the release for a year in order to further brush up the quality,” Sega said in the meeting.
They added, “Not only for this title, but during the development phase, we have been steadily conducting analysis to improve the quality of the title before release, such as introducing game testing based on external evaluations, and I have a feeling that it will become a good game and have high expectations for it.”
Led by their mascot Sonic the Hedgehog since its inception, Sega then noted Sonic Frontiers “is a completely new title for the first time in many years, and we are planning for a global multi-platform roll-out.” The company is notably comparing Sonic Frontiers to the most recent mainline Sonic game, the 2017-released Sonic Forces.
“We would like to go beyond the first year sales number of Sonic Forces, which is the previous title,” Sega said. “For lifetime sales, we look forward to further increase. We’d like for you to wait future announcement for the details, but this is the title with no compromise in terms of quality and that has taken on many new challenges.”
Here’s a brief synopsis on Sonic Frontiers:
Worlds will collide in Sonic the Hedgehog’s newest adventure. An experience like never before, accelerate to new heights and experience the thrill of high velocity open-zone freedom. Battle powerful enemies as you speed through the Starfall Islands – landscapes brimming with dense forests, overflowing waterfalls, sizzling deserts and more! ! This Holiday 2022 – Journey into new realms.
Sonic Frontiers is launching across Windows PC (via Steam), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.