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New open-world Sonic game revealed

Sega’s new open-world platforming adventure, Sonic Frontiers, was revealed at Nintendo Direct last night. The game launches toward the end of this year.

At Nintendo Direct last night, Sega revealed new details and gameplay for its upcoming game Sonic Frontiers, including first looks at the Cyber Space areas of the game and the Titan boss. 

Sonic Frontiers is an action-adventure game featuring open-world platforming where Sonic can use his trademark speed to freely explore the Starfall Islands. Sonic’s new adventure in a mysterious civilization is available globally toward the end of 2022 on PC and console.

Sonic’s new journey begins when him and his friends – Amy and Tails – head to the Starfall Islands in search of Chaos Emeralds. As they approach the islands, sudden trouble hits their plane, and they are sucked into a dimensional portal. Sonic then finds himself separated from his friends and awakens in a strange, digital world – Cyber Space. He miraculously escapes Cyber Space and arrives on Kronos Island, one of the Starfall Islands, full of  ancient ruins where strange enemies roam.  It is then up to Sonic to explore the Starfall Islands, find his lost friends and uncover the mysteries around him.

Sega provided the following information on features:

Starfall Islands 

The first island Sonic explores is Kronos Island. Its terrain and climate see frequent rain, large waterfalls, lush forests, mountains and floating towers in the air. The ruins scattered around the island appear to be the homes of ancient inhabitants – the Koco.

Cyber Space

Entrances to Cyber Space made by the ancient civilization of Starfall Islands can be found all throughout the map. Sonic fans will solve puzzles and complete challenges to earn Portal Gears to unlock these entrances access Cyber Space levels featuring the traditional, fast-paced, speed running action platforming. They’ll need to complete the challenges in each Cyber Space level to receive Vault Keys to progress further in the game.

Open-zone platforming

Players can enjoy high-speed, open-zone gameplay and interact with various activities on the island however and wherever they choose. Experience exhilarating combat, puzzles, side quests, Cyber Space and conversations with characters across the island in any order you’d like to match your play style.

Game World

Sonic Frontiers expands what fans know and love about traditional Sonic games, combining both linear-level gameplay and open-zone platforming into a new, action-filled Sonic adventure. The world map is bigger than ever before, giving Sonic more room to run and explore his surroundings, enabling him to evolve the land around him as he ventures deeper into the mysteries of Starfall Islands.

Battle System

Sonic’s combat style is more exhilarating and fluid than ever before. Players can use various button controls to fight strategically, combining moves such as dodges, parries, counters and more in various combos to show off battle skills unlocked throughout the game. If you prefer more straightforward gameplay, the game also has an Auto Mode where various attack combos can be executed with a single button. All Sonic fans can easily enjoy the fast and fluid combat system.

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