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New Sonic Frontiers video shows fast-paced open-world traversal and puzzles

Sonic Frontiers will still offer plenty of Sonic’s signature speed, but it will also have tons of space to explore, enemies to fight, and even puzzles to solve. That’s according to a brand new trailer that just dropped courtesy of IGN.

In the seven-minute trailer, Sonic is transported to a mysterious island under a shower of purple effects. Proceeding cautiously towards a towering structure at first, we discover that Sonic Frontiers will have plenty of springs, bumpers, speed ramps and, of course, gold rings. But there will also be additional collectibles such as purple coins, strange sharp objects, and glittering hearts that could indicate Sonic has some sort of health bar.

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For traversal, Sonic can smash his way up to top speed with the press of a button, but he can also scale walls, smash rails, and dash down to a stop in no time. However, you won’t necessarily want to run at top speed all the time, as some areas of Sonic Frontiers will feature the blue blur with puzzles that speed alone can’t solve. One puzzle tasked Sonic with figuring out how to activate individual tiles without backtracking, while another tasked him with spinning a hamster wheel to activate some sort of underground sensor.

Sonic can also spin rings around certain Ancient Artifacts in order to activate them – something that was also featured in yesterday’s trailer. Only in the teaser, Sonic’s ring-making maneuver catapulted an enemy robot into the air and short-circuited an antagonist robot eye ball. Sonic can also spin attack as well as punch and kick enemies.

We still have no idea where Sonic Frontiers is set, who the villain is, and what Sonic can do to get home. It seems that the investigation of these mysteries will play an important role in the gameplay of Sonic Frontiers.

Sonic Frontiers is set to release this holiday season.

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