Blue Spot celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2021, but one thing fans missed out on was a brand new mainnet entry. According to investor Sega, which took place a week after The Game Awards and Sonic Frontiers As it turns out, the publisher did indeed plan to release the new Sonic Team game with an open zone in 2021, but abandoned this in order to “improve the quality” of the project.
Here’s the info from Sonic Stadium:
“It was originally planned to be released this year for Sonic’s 30th birthday, but we delayed the release for a year to further improve the quality. Not only for this game, but also during the development phase, we have ongoing analyzes to improve the quality of the game before release, for example, introduces game testing based on external evaluations, and [we] there is a feeling that this will be a good game, and high hopes are pinned on it. “
The pricing strategy will also consider product quality and intellectual property:
“When it comes to pricing strategy, we feel like we are at a point where we need to rethink. For example, with the new game Sonic, since we are focusing on quality and spending a certain amount of money on development, we find it important to maintain the price by keeping the IP value high, rather than just dropping the price early to increase sales. ”
In 2020, Sega’s Aaron Webber mentioned how the company changed its approach to Sonic game development:
“It used to be like there was a new Sonic game coming out every year. And as a result of this, there have been many times … due to this rushed production schedule, the quality of the games declined. quite be where they really need to be.
“A few years ago, we actually said, ‘Hey, this is going to change in the future, we’re going to probably spend more time as we move forward,’ and that would mean you have to wait longer between trailers or announcements. … and we know it’s annoying sometimes because you really want news, but this is where we are now and we hope the patience is worth it in the end. “
Sonic Frontiers arrives later this year in a “2022 holiday,” and according to a recent roster, it could launch around November.
What do you think of Sonic Frontiers missing out on the Blue Blur Anniversary Year? Happy to hear that Sega is dedicated to delivering a quality experience? Leave your thoughts at the bottom.