With the Tokyo Game Show back in in-person format for the first time since 2022, the development team behind the Sonic the Hedgehog series is stepping up the game, releasing a new trailer just hours before the show opens.
While the crew at Sonic Team and Sega had already released a trailer for the game late last month at Gamescom, many old fans were eagerly awaiting the return of Super Sonic. The new pre-TGS trailer advances on that front, showing the titular hedgehog climbing to the top of a towering enemy in order to retrieve one of the chaotic emeralds. With the seven emeralds assembled, the trailer then shows Sonic soaring through the sky and exploding with energy before making a high-speed flight straight toward the Giant Mau.
The little blue hedgehog made his first golden warrior-style transformation in 1992’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and his glowing and spiky appearance has, over the years, drawn some similarities to the Super Saiyan look achieved by multiple characters in the Dragon Ball anime/manga franchise (though from Goku’s victory over Sonic by over a year). The trailer shouldn’t do much to separate the two, as the midpoint shows the giant enemy tossing Sonic across a landscape, his body smashing straight through a couple of skinny stone towers before crashing into the side of a mesa.
The trailer also gives a glimpse into some of the landscapes that Sonic will race in the Starville Islands, which includes an overflowing volcano, a sun-burned desert, a misty mountainous area with ruined arches and what appears to be a gigantic, double-barreled tower shaded by the sky.
Sonic Frontiers is set to arrive on all current and recent consoles and PCs on November 8th. Pre-orders are now available, and the game Official Website It states that those who make their purchases early will receive additional skill points in addition to the red power seeds and blue seeds for defensive power-up items. Additionally, Sega is releasing a deluxe digital version that comes with in-game items (extra gloves and boots, Chaos Emerald Vault keys, memory tokens, and portal gear) as well as a digital art book and a “mini-soundtrack” with 25 tracks.
Tokyo Game Show, Japan’s largest annual video game conference, has been forced into online-only format for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The four-day event reopens in physical format on September 15 at 10:00 a.m. JST (9 p.m. September 14 EST; midnight September 15 PST). The offer will remain flow Online, and its official website provides English language channels to viewers.
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