#DelaySonicFrontiers was briefly trending on Twitter this week, after many Sonic fans took to the social media platform to express their disappointment with the first videos showing the game in action.
Sega has partnered with the website IGN this month for her debut the first look at the next open-world Sonic game. So far he has released a 7 minute open world videoand another video focused in combat.
The footage appears to have received a lot of criticism from the show’s most committed fans. At the time of publication, IGN game premiere has nearly 50,000 dislikes on YouTube (compared to 72k likes), while the fight pictures has 19,000 dislikes (vs. 35,000 likes).
Meanwhile, thousands of users have been using the #DelaySonicFrontiers hashtag on Twitter, according to the platform’s own analytics, causing it to briefly shift this week.
Fans’ main criticisms of Frontiers are what they call “stiff” animations, a sparse game world, and the titular player character’s perceived lack of momentum.
“Sonic Frontiers seems to have automated an open-world game”, wrote YouTuber Lonely Goomba. “He’s so weird. That gameplay demo had so many dash panels in springs and automation…. I’m nervous about this game. That demo didn’t look great.
“I’m one of the biggest Sonic fans on planet earth… [but] this gameplay didn’t do it for me,” said “Sam Procrastinates” in his own video reaction. “Based on this video, I’m worried about Sonic Frontiers. I was so excited, I waited five years for this, and I’m not happy. I’m very, ‘been there, done this’.
He added, “If this is what Sonic is going to be for the next ten years, then we’re in trouble.”
Some fans are asking Sega to release a Frontiers demo, so fans can provide appropriate feedback that could be incorporated into development.
“That’s exactly what I want them to do,” wrote the user Ti. “An indefinite delay (#DelaySonicFrontiers!) coinciding with a demo. A questionnaire in the demo would be a good way to gauge opinions.
Sega has a recent form of U-turn following much fan criticism, of course: the original hedgehog movie design has been completely altered after its bad reception in the caravans.
However, commenting on the speech, Sven Joscelynewho is the founder of the fan site Sonic stage and also global publishing director at IGN, said he was less optimistic about Sega’s ability to address fundamental fan issues with Frontiers.
“#DelaySonicFrontiers won’t work because for me the main concern is with its whole concept and approach to gameplay; a delay to squash bugs and add content won’t fix that,” he wrote. .
“#SonicFrontiers seems to want to be a hyper-realistic, combat-focused Sonic game inspired by the movies…that relies on Sonic’s athleticism rather than a physics/momentum-based game. And good if that’s the point. It’s just not the Sonic game I was hoping for in 2022.
“I’m still going to rate it on its merits though, if it’s all polished up by winter it could be a real fun time for fans looking for that sort of thing 🙂 But a delay won’t be necessary I think . Sonic Team has its goals set, it’s moving forward with that. Accept it.”
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