While Sonic Frontiers Proves To Be A Success, Game Director Is Adamant To Listen To Feedback

Posted on November 16, 2022 by Nick Moreno

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Although Sonic the Hedgehog is a household name for more than three decades with an even bigger presence on the silver screen following the box office success that is Sonic the Hedgehog 2, a mainline installment was in purgatory for roughly five years. Following the release of Sonic Forces in 2017, Sonic Team took its time to conjure a new experience for the franchise – hence Sonic Frontiers was revealed.

The game would center around the titular character as he explores open-worlds with more involved combat and a new coat of paint to the proprietary engine. This month the game officially hit store shelves and left many fans jaw-dropped with the latest experience for the blue blur. And so far, the game show to be a success.

Over on PC especially via SteamDB, the game has been met with an new all-time peak player count which nearly doubles Sonic Mania on the platform. In its height, the 2017 legacy throwback racked a total of 11,937 players whilst the newest entry is met at a total 19,181 users. Even more, the game has outrated one of the most popular games to ship in 2022.

According to a report by PC Gamer, Sonic Frontiers has officially rated higher than FromSoftware’s Elden Ring. Currently, the game sits at an 8.5 whilst Elden Ring is ranked at an 6.9. Even more, Steam user response determines Sonic Frontiers to be “Overwhelmingly Positive” as Elden Ring is only “Very Positive”. However, Sega is looking to learn from Sonic Frontiers to further improve the game.

In a tweet from game director Morio Kishimoto, he expresses that the release of the game is a “playtest” on where the series can learn to expand with the new direction it heads in. “I’m sorry I couldn’t contact you because I’ve been busy since the release date. I’m relieved that the release date has arrived and that it seems to have reached everyone safely.

“We are checking the opinions of the critics and everyone. As you pointed out, we still have a long way to go, and we take this seriously as a global playtest,” the tweet auto-translated reads. Are you hopeful in the response Sega has for Sonic Frontiers moving forward?

Sonic Frontiers is out now for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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