After 5 years of waiting, we finally have another mainline Sonic game – and early reactions from fans appear to be very good. Sonic Frontiers’ director has finally spoken out in the aftermath of its premiere and excellent reaction, noting that “we still have a long way to go.”
Sonic Frontiers was released on November 8th with mixed reviews from critics and high praise from fans, resulting in the game becoming the most-played title in the franchise, at least in terms of concurrent Steam player numbers.
Following all of this, Morio Kishimoto, Sonic Frontiers’ game director, came to Twitter to address fans, saying (as translated by Twitter): “I’m sorry I couldn’t contact you since I’ve been Since the release date, I’ve been extremely busy. “I’m glad the release date has come and gone, and that everyone appears to have received it safely. We are gathering feedback from reviewers and the general public. As you pointed out, we have a long way to go, and we treat this as a worldwide playtest.”
Kishimoto is referring to a previous statement made by the director, in which he stated that not only is Sonic Frontiers the first entry in a new third generation of Sonic games (following 2D and 3D Sonic), but that Sonic Team hopes to eventually return to the top of the game development world – as they once were in the 1990s.
All of this is to imply that Kishimoto’s comment is not necessarily about Sonic Frontiers, but about the future of the series as a whole; and if Sonic Frontiers is being utilized as a blueprint for future games, then the Blue Blur may be experiencing a revival.