The hashtag #DelaySonicFrontiers went trending after the game’s gameplay was first revealed.
First unveiled late last year, fans have been desperate to see Sonic Frontiers gameplay ever since. Two videos have now been released exclusively on IGN, showcasing the game’s open-world design and its combat.
But so far, fans aren’t happy with the game’s direction and – just like with Sonic’s redesign for the film series – are asking for a delay.
The first video shows the traversal and the open world, with Sonic speeding across a verdant island, climbing monoliths, and solving puzzles. The second video focuses on combat as Sonic spin jumps and kicks robotic enemies in flashy animations.
The wide open spaces certainly allow Sonic to pick up speed, run across water and up walls, but it’s a bit strange to see a blue hedgehog running around in such a realistic world – although that’s exactly what movies manage. The world also seems a little empty, at least in this slice of footage.
Still, the reaction from fans online has been extreme as many are asking for a delay.
Common concerns include stiff animations, a lack of momentum, and a world that doesn’t look like Sonic without hills, loops, and ramps.
A number of reviews also claim that the game looks like an unreal fan-made tech demo.
“You can’t convince me this isn’t some glorified tech demo. It’s so soulless,” read a comment on the fight video.
“My biggest gripe with this showcase is easily the animations,” reads another. “Sonic looks too stiff and unnatural. This is especially evident when he’s running around enemies, staring soullessly straight ahead of him as if nothing is happening. Making Sonic appear more fluid and interactive with its environment would certainly give more charm to this game.”
On Twitter, the sentiment is overwhelmingly negative.
It looks like ASS.
stiff and clumsy as fuck. These are incomplete boom levels.
It’s embarassing. How is Sonic Team so incompetent?
Why did they think it was ready to show? it looks like a tech demo or a fan game.
– Matches Malone (@cell_0801) June 3, 2022
#DelaySonicFrontiers If anyone thinks delaying this game for even 5 more years is going to fix it, you’re going to have a rude awakening.
Here is the hashtag you should use: #ReplaceSonicTeam
You expect a dog to learn to drive a truck and think it just needs more time.
— NicoCW (@NicoCVV) June 2, 2022
Fans want to benefit from an increase in fine gaming offers, just as you have benefited from an increase in commercial offers and sales.
It was a FAN who led the redesign of the film that helped you achieve this success.
—Evan (@Mardiculous) June 4, 2022
The Fury is a testament to fans’ passion for Sonic – and how powerful it is with the movie’s character redesigns – as well as years of disappointing 3D Sonic games. Many fans hoped Sonic Frontiers would be the next-gen Sonic experience.
However, Svend Joscelyne, founder of fansite Sonic Stadium and global publishing director at IGN, thinks the game won’t be delayed.
“#DelaySonicFrontiers won’t work because, for me, the main concern is with its whole concept and approach to gameplay; a delay to iron out bugs and add content won’t solve that problem,” he said. wrote on Twitter.
In the thread, he still admits “It’s just not the Sonic game I was hoping for in 2022.”
#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 so much the better if that’s the goal. It’s just not the Sonic game I was hoping for in 2022.
—Svend (@Dreadknux) June 4, 2022
You can watch both gameplay videos for yourself below. The game is still slated for release later this year on all consoles and PC.
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