A video game featuring an ultra-fast character is causing a stir for being compared to Sonic Frontiers, a future game from Sega that is not unanimous.
On June 15, Wilhelm Nylund, CEO of Landfall Games, released a short clip of a video game dubbed Haste: Broken Worlds. We see an agile character moving at high speed, with ease, in very wide environments. On Twitter, the buzz is immense: more than a million views, more than 40,000 likes and more than 5,000 retweets. What explains this popularity? The comparison with Sonic Frontiersthe next adventure of Sega’s super-fast Blue Hedgehog.
The first pictures of Sonic Frontiers have had more the effect of a cold shower for the fans, fruit of a long sequence showing a lost hero. With Haste: Broken Worlds, they find that it is possible to imagine gameplay that combines very open settings with frantic racing mechanics. ” Everyone hopes Sonic Frontiers looks more like this », indicates for example koopashell10 in a tweet posted on June 19. ” A better Sonic than Sonic “, deplores for his part Samuel Molinaa developer.
The Sonic fans dreamed of?
Asked by KotakuWilhelm Nylund sees this rapprochement with Sonic Frontiers with a good eye, even if the two games don’t have much in common (Haste: Broken Worlds is a multiplayer racing game, when Sonic Frontiers is an open-world adventure game). He indicates : “ I completely understand why people make the comparison. The Sonic saga is the first thing that comes to mind when you see a concept with super fast racing. I see these comments as compliments! »
The comparison testifies above all to a real malaise around Sonic Frontiersambitious title which bows for the moment in front of a clip of a few seconds showing an experience a priori more successful (in terms of sensations procured). Sonic Frontiers also pays for the arrogance of Sega, which will not delay the game despite pressure from some Internet users (grouped behind the hashtag #DelaySonicFrontiers). Takashi Lizuka, producer of Sonic Frontiersbluntly implied that no one understood anything about the game.
” The returns are not surprising. It was understood that players are simply reacting to a video and since they don’t understand the gameplay, they just compare to games they already know “, he said at the microphone of Video Games Chronicle. Sonic Frontiers was first unfairly compared to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — benchmark for open-world games. The fact that he is now being put next to Haste: Broken Worlds does not plead at all in its favor, knowing that Sega has always shown no pedagogy in the face of community alerts. Sonic Frontiers may be a great surprise when it comes out. In the meantime, he is above all the victim of a very clumsy communication.