The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise will expand later this year with the release of Sonic Frontiers. While not much is known about this new chapter, publisher Sega has provided our first look at Sonic Frontiers gameplay, showing off the game’s various environments, bosses, and obstacles.
The gameplay preview for Sonic Frontiers was posted on the Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube channel as an IGN first before a bigger reveal in June. In the brief video, we see the iconic blue blur rushing through wooded areas and grassy plains. There’s platforming, ring collecting, and all the regular fixings of a Sonic game. We also get a glimpse of combat against some fascinating enemies. One of them is a massive metal claw that looks like it was detached from an even bigger beast.
The new gameplay footage gives us a better idea of what an open-world Sonic game will look like. We can see various rails and platforms in the distance, and the sequence of Sonic running on a wheel feels like the game’s equivalent of a reconnaissance tower, scanning and revealing notable points of interest in the surrounding areas.
Sonic Frontiers was revealed last year at The Game Awards. Drawing comparisons to Breath of the Wild, this new title feels like a departure from the standard franchise formula, primarily in its shift to an open-world or “open area” approach as Sega calls it.
The 30-second gameplay preview of Sonic Frontiers is fairly brief, but gives fans their first look at gameplay from the latest Sonic adventure. The game is currently set to release later this year on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4 PS5, Switch, and PC. Sega has confirmed that more details about the game will be released throughout June, so stick around for the latest Sonic Frontiers news.