New Sonic Frontiers Footage Shows What an Open-World Sonic Can Be

Running around (an open world) at the speed of sound.

It looks like IGN is going to have some extensive Sonic Frontiers coverage as part of an IGN First cover story. And the teaser for it includes some of the first actual gameplay footage Sega has shown of the open-world Sonic game.

Sega showed some concept footage of Sonic Frontiers back in December during the Game Awards, but while it spent time showing the open environments the blue blur will be running around, it stopped short of showing him actually doing it. This teaser for the IGN First coverage goes a bit farther, and shows Sonic running, fighting, and exploring these large landscapes. It’s under a minute of footage, but it already has me wondering how much an open environment could help a Sonic game overcome some of the hurdles previous games have. The confined spaces of past entries has felt at odds with the series’ high-speed nature, which has made some levels frustrating, as characters would lose momentum at the slightest wrong turn or flick of the analog stick. So maybe giving Sonic an open field could be a good step for Frontiers? These open areas look more involved than the long stretches of land Sonic 06 had, and hopefully they have fewer loading screens in between.

Check out the trailer below:

IGN’s coverage will start rolling out tomorrow, June 1, at 9 a.m. Pacific/12 noon Eastern. Sonic Frontiers is set to launch on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch this year. But how long until someone mods it for me to play as Shadow?

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While Frontiers is the series’ big 2022 game, the franchise has also been doing pretty well for itself on the movie side. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is now the highest-grossing video game movie adaptation, and has paved way for a third movie that I’m pretty damn excited about thanks to the post-credits scene.