Fans of the Blue Blur finally got a glimpse at the first gameplay trailer from Sonic Frontiers, the upcoming open-world Sonic video game — the first open-world video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The brief but telling trailer showcased everything the fandom would expect from a Sonic video game, but with a 3D twist that accentuates exploration. See the newly released teaser trailer below:
The 40-seconds trailer for Sonic Frontiers was first posted on Twitter by the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter handle. Unfortunately, the short footage doesn’t reveal too much detail, but it does show Sonic running through an open-world environment and intentionally crashing into various objects, enemies, mechanical opponents, and mechanical orbs, probably those of Dr. Eggman. Of course, there’s also sliding on the rails and collecting the golden rings the franchise is known for.
We have to admit that, though shorter than 40 seconds and scarce with detail, the new trailer offers much more discernable content compared to the teaser trailer for Sonic Frontiers Sega released last year. For those that aren’t familiar, Sega dropped a teaser trailer for the then-untitled Sonic video game at the Sonic Central 2021 event. The first teaser trailer was only 30 seconds long, and the only thing the fandom was able to discern from the trailer were Sonic’s iconic red sneakers and nothing else.
The vague initial reveal of the game that would go on to become Sonic Frontiers, and the scarcity of details, upset the fans of Sonic. Sonic Team, the game’s developer, issued a statement at the time, acknowledging that the title was prematurely released. However, they justified Sega’s actions, considering that the franchise hadn’t announced a new title since 2017’s Sonic Forces, but also wanted to keep the fandom engaged due to Sonic’s 30th anniversary.
Sega initially planned to release Sonic Frontiers in 2021 to coincide with the franchise’s 30th anniversary but delayed the title’s release (oh, surprise!) for a whole year for quality control. Given that the game was postponed internally and fearing that the fandom may backfire due to the lack of the 30th-anniversary gaming title, Sega decided to tease the game prematurely, with virtually no details regarding the upcoming title’s gameplay, supported platforms, or a more precise release date.
Now finally, we’ve got some news to share. Besides showing Sonic running through grassy plains as a relaxing tune plays in the background, the trailer also drops the list of supported platforms. Sonic Frontiers is currently in development by Sega’s Sonic Team Japan, and should release on Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4 — the latter of which is being put out of commission by 2025.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any more details to share, besides the fact that the game is supposed to drop sometime this year, perhaps late summer or fall, though we wouldn’t exclude holiday seasons as well. However, Sega promised to deliver more details about the upcoming game throughout the entire month of June, so we’re likely to learn more about Sonic Frontiers in the upcoming days.