Sonic’s 2022 to be “year of greater progress,” says Iizuka in year-end interview

Sonic Studio’s creative officer drops a few teases before 2021 wraps up.

2022 will be a year of “even greater progress” for the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Sonic Studio’s Takashi Iizuka said in a interview with Famitsu, followed by an assurance of Sonic Prime‘s release window, and a comment about Sonic Frontiers‘ perceived mystique.


Sonic Prime release narrowed to Fall 2022

In a year-end column with the Japanese video game publication, the Sonic Studio creative officer assured followers to “look forward” to the franchise’s upcoming projects in 2022, like the mainline Sonic Frontiers video game in the holiday season, and Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 film in early April.

In the spring, we are planning to release the highly anticipated sequel to the movie, and in the fall, the new animated series Sonic Prime is going to premiere on Netflix. Please look forward to Sonic’s adventures in 2022!

Takashi Iizuka

Iizuka also narrowed the release window for WildBrain’s Sonic Prime animation to debut this coming fall on the streaming service Netflix. The newly announced pinpoint will schedule the animated series around or before Frontiers, which was scheduled for a holiday release date of either November or December.

Sonic Frontiers is still a mystery for many fans

Amid all the apparent leaks, unsubstantiated rumours, and overall curiosity, there was no surprise that many Sonic fans continued to perceive the upcoming mainline title, Sonic Frontiers, as a mystery, and Iizuka appeared to be aware of that.

The reveal trailer debuted with fanfare at The Game Awards early December and raised expectations about the hedgehog’s latest foray in an open-world environment. At the same time, it brought questions about the title’s gameplay style and storyline, the latter of which was recently confirmed to also feature Amy Rose.

But even with Frontiers’ perceived mystique, Iizuka believed that the title will project a completely different ambience atypical of a Sonic game, like Forces or Lost World.

There are still lots of mysteries about this game, but I think at least it shows the game is somewhat different from previous games. We are working really hard on the title’s development, so please look forward to it.

Takashi Iizuka

Sonic fans are expected to learn more details about Prime, Frontiers and the video game compilation Sonic Origins later in 2022.


h/t, translations by inazumag11 and SonicJPNews for Tails’ Channel, edited for brevity and clarity.

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  1. Regarding Sonic Prime, hate to say this, but this man is just lying through his teeth when he says stuff like that. It’ll air in the Fall? I doubt that, so for now, don’t trust EVERYTHING he says like that.
    -CVGWJames

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