Sonic Frontiers
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Sega's 'open-zone' Sonic Frontiers is racing toward its launch on November 8th and we've now got a bit more context around boss battles and how Super Sonic will factor into them.

In speaking with IGN, Sonic Frontiers director Morio Kishimoto states that Super Sonic will be mandatory in order to defeat certain bosses discovered within the open zones:

"Normally in Sonic games you'll encounter a boss and you'll fight them as regular, blue Sonic. In Sonic Frontiers, there will be bosses that blue Sonic can't even scratch. But if he collects and uses all seven Chaos Emeralds, he can become Super Sonic and then battle those bosses. Becoming Super Sonic will be the only way to fight them."

The insinuation here is that bosses within Sonic Frontiers can potentially be discovered on the fly, requiring the player to retreat, collect the required Chaos Emeralds, and return with the ability to transform into Super Sonic. It's certainly a drastic change from previous Sonic games, which generally saved Super Sonic until the end battle. Kishimoto suggests that there will be some bosses in the game that will feel as difficult as a final boss:

"Up until now, in Sonic games, Super Sonic would only appear against the last boss. Imagine if the first boss in Sonic Frontiers is as strong as those bosses."

The Super Sonic ability was shown off in a recent trailer showcased for TGS 2022, during which we see our hero being hurled into a cliff by a hulking boss, only to return later harnessing the full power of the Chaos Emeralds.

What do you think of this approach to Sonic Frontiers' boss battles? Are you excited? Share your thoughts in the usual place!

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