Morio Kishimoto, director of the Sonic franchise recently took to Twitter to answer some fan’s burning questions about where the series is headed in the future. Because Sonic Frontiers was such a different game compared to past games, the Sonic team wanted to gauge what fans liked and disliked, implementing their thoughts during the development of the next entry. One major point brought up was Sonic Frontiers’ story, which Morio Kishimoto felt could have been handled better. Checkout some of the most important bits of information revealed below, courtesy of Tails Channel.
-The next big step for this new “generation” of Sonic games is to add more playable characters. -The story in Sonic Frontiers wasn’t handled in the best way it could have been, according to Kishimoto, this lead him to express that the next installments should pay even more attention to the script and story even more, and go deeper into the characters. -The constant repetition of previous Sonic levels in games, like Green Hill Zone and Chemical Plant, is going to be avoided more in the future, after fan feedback. -Work on the next main Sonic game has already begun, Kishimoto and his team are exploring what gameplay features would be ideal given the fan feedback. -There are plans to expand the combat even further and make the battles deeper and more immersive. -The “Homing Dash” technique from Sonic Frontiers was discovered on accident by Kishimoto and his team during development, it was decided to leave it in as a possible gameplay bonus for players in the game. -The bigger focus for the Sonic games right now is to provide a good single-player experience, but multiplayer games aren’t being outright dismissed. -Kishimoto won’t be the single director for every upcoming Sonic project, there will be others directors to manage different projects. -The Open Zone gameplay style will be worked on and is being heavily considered for the next main game.
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You know, I used to cringe every time I saw this guy's name attached to a Sonic game. And yet he's the first person on Sonic Team I've seen actually acknowledge (not necessarily fix, but acknowledge) a HUGE chunk of fan complaints from over the years and express plans to address them in future games, to say nothing of him interacting directly with the fans. This is...just so cool to see, and I have to give him major respect for putting forth the effort.