This coincides with a recent 4chan report that the game’s name had been changed to Sonic Frontiers, that it would be an open-world game comparable to Breath of the Wild, and that it was coming together remarkably nicely. Of course, 4chan is typically a dubious source, but the fact that Sega has registered Frontiers as a trademark may lend the claim some credence.
We’ve known for a long that the next big game in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise will be released in 2022, but now we may have a name for it. The secret 2022 game was originally dubbed “Sonic Rangers” in a later-retracted press statement, but that appears to have altered, since Sega has registered a new trademark for “Sonic Frontiers.”
Very little has been officially revealed about the 2022 Sonic game, although previous rumors have also pointed toward a more open-world approach, inspired by Nintendo’s Zelda BOTW. For his part, longtime Sonic producer Takahashi Iizuka says he hopes the game has the same influence and lasting power as Sonic Adventure did 20 years ago.
That’s a lofty goal, and given the very mixed quality of Sonic’s games over the past 20 years, I’ll just say, good luck. But hey, at least they have a solid name lined up – if it does end up being the real title, Sonic Frontiers has a much better and more appropriate ring than Sonic Rangers (which sounds like a game where Sonic fights monsters in a giant robot).
The new title in development is progressing towards a 2022 release, so I can’t really call it an Anniversary title. However, Sonic Adventure laid the foundation for 20 years of Sonic titles after its release, so in the same way I really hope that this new title releasing in 2022 lays the foundation for the following future Sonic titles – that is the idea behind the challenge for the team.