"We are currently working hard to improve the quality of the game toward its sales for the holiday season," the company says.
Sega of America social media manager Katie Chrzanowski provides assurances that Sonic Frontiers is still launching this year.
Sonic Team's creative officer Takashi Iizuka says the development team wants to "create a totally new type of open-zone experience."
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Sonic Frontiers will feature full voice and subtitle support for English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish, along with subtitle support for several other languages.
Sega also expects the open world game to exceed the first-year sales of the series' last mainline instalment, Sonic Forces.
Sega confirms that the likes of Roger Craig Smith, Cindy Robinson, and Colleen O’Shaughnessey will all be returning for the 2022 open world platformer.
Ian Flynn, whose currently the head writer for IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, is also confirmed to be penning the story.
Sonic will venture through the Starfall Islands to battle new foes on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, PC and Nintendo Switch.
It's been confirmed that the next mainline Sonic game – due out sometime in 2022 – will be unveiled in full at The Game Awards 2021.
After the web domain for Sonic Frontiers was discovered, a series of cheeky Twitter exchanges tease the hedgehog being at the show in some form.
Though it's currently not live (and only returning a "403 Forbidden" message), an announcement could be right around the corner.
This could be the final name for Sonic Rangers, the rumored open world title releasing in 2022 for previous and current gen platforms.