During The Game Awards last month, Sega debuted a new trailer for its latest open-world Sonic the Hedgehog adventure Sonic Frontiers, which looks more like something out of Breath of the Wild. It’s looking fantastic thus far, and should make for quite the release later this year.
But…did you know we almost got it back in 2021?
During a recent Sega investor Q & A session (translated by the folks at Sonic Stadium), Sega revealed that the game was on tap for a release last year, in time for the holiday season.
However, it opted to delay it to give it time to be something even more remarkable.
“Originally it was planned to be released on this year, the 30th anniversary of Sonic, but we have postponed the release for a year in order to further brush up the quality. Not only for this title, but during the development phase, we have been steadily conducting analysis to improve the quality of the title before release, such as introducing game testing based on external evaluations, and [we] have a feeling that it will become a good game and have high expectations for it,” the company noted.
Sega also discussed the game’s pricing strategy. “For the pricing strategy, we feel that we are at a point where we need to rethink. For example, for the new Sonic game, as we are focusing on quality and spending certain amount of money on development, we think it is important to maintain the price by maintaining the value of the IP at high level, rather than simply lowering the price at early stage to increase the number of unit sales.”
Sega’s own Aaron Webber also chimed in on the importance of getting quality right for this and other Sonic the Hedgehog games. Back in the day it used to be like every year there was a new Sonic game. And as a result of that, there were a number of times…because of that rushed production schedule, the quality of the games wouldn’t quite be where they really needed to be.
“A few years ago, we actually said & hey, that’s going to change going forward, we’re going to put probably more time into things as we go forward’ and that’s going to mean that you have to wait longer between trailers or announcements…and we know that’s kind of annoying sometimes, cause you just really want news, but that’s where we are now and we think that the patience hopefully will be worth it in the end.”
We can wait, though. The better Sonic Frontiers will be, the better we’ll be.
Expect it sometime around the holidays later this year!
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