Sonic Frontiers will not be delayed, not even after the controversy that, in recent days, has brought the hashtag #DelaySonicFrontiers to the top of the trends. The confirmation came from Takashi Iizuka, head of the Sonic Team, who, during an interview with the VideoGamesChronicles portal, assured that the title will be released in time.
Here are his statements:
It's not really that surprising. We realize that everyone is simply reacting to the videos they have seen, and because they don't understand what this new gameplay is, they are comparing it to other games they already know. We read a lot of people who say, "Oh, it's a little bit like that, it's a little bit like that, but it's not like that, it's not like that." And really, the team is creating this new game format for Sonic, and we called it the “open zone” format. And this new game system itself is something that doesn't really exist in any other comparable title, so we really hope that from here until launch we can really explain what “open zone” gameplay is.
In short, according to Iizuka it would be a problem of the public who, apparently, did not fully understand the potential of a game like Sonic Frontiers and, consequently, hopes that the title will be postponed. Things, however, will not go as fans wish.
If fans came to Gamescom or Tokyo Game Show, they could play and understand what it is. Because, right now, we're all just watching videos of people reacting to what they believe the game is.
Finally, wanted to reassure everyone that this title will arrive during the Christmas holidays this year:
If a coronavirus outbreak breaks out in our development team, or everyone gets hospitalized, or there's something preventing us from being able to deliver the game on time, we'll postpone it. But right now our team in Japan is working hard to make sure that during the holidays people can buy the game, get it, take it home and have a fun experience with it.