Sonic has had a banner 2022, between the fantastic Sonic the Hedgehog 2 film, the release of the Sonic Prime series on Netflix, Sonic Origins and of course the divisive but largely successful Sonic Frontiers.
Yesterday we reported that leaked information points to five brand-new Sonic LEGO sets coming in 2023, but it seems that’s just the beginning for the franchise in the next 12 months. Speaking to Famitsu in an editorial quizzing over 140 Japanese developers on their 2022 experience and the year ahead, series producer Takashi Iizuka revealed that 2022 was “the biggest year in the history of Sonic”, and announced that a “second wave” is in the works for next year.
Sonic Team has of course already revealed a hefty content roadmap for Sonic Frontiers with three major, free updates coming to the game in 2023 that will bring new challenges, new story content and even new playable characters. It appears there’s much more to be excited for beyond that next year though.
We gave Sonic Frontiers a 7.5/10 in our review, saying “Sonic Frontiers is an unsteady first run at the open-world genre for the blue blur but Sonic Team has crafted something endearing and immensely enjoyable all the same.”
We most recently spoke to Takashi Iizuka prior to the release of Sonic Frontiers, where he let slip that Shadow the Hedgehog is his favourite Sonic character and that he’d like to include the popular anti-hero in content moving forward.