Sonic Rangers seems to be the name of the new Sonic game in 2022 … and according to an old leak, it would be a Zelda Breath of the Wild-style open world game.
Sega has announced a multitude of new projects with Sonic the Hedgehog coinciding with its 30th anniversary, and the most mysterious of all is the new game, developed by Team Sonic (the main team, creator of Sonic Generations or Sonic Forces ). It has no name, beyond a release date in 2022 and confirmation of its release on all old and next gen consoles and PC.
We have barely had a very brief teaser in which we see (or intuit) Sonic running through a forest. However, a leak on 4chan months ago could give the first details of the game … and they are very surprising: it would be an open world game .
A user has consulted the trailer file and discovered that his name, or at least his provisional name, is Sonic Rangers .
Well, a post on 4chan, from January 6, 2021, already mentioned a certain “Sonic Rangers” . It was written by someone who apparently participated in a focus test of the new game, with two 20-minute demos, and has explained in detail that it is an open world title “that takes great inspiration from Breath of the Wild.”
The open world will be full of little enemies, puzzles and platform challenges, which by completing you get experience. This can be changed in a skill tree , which unlock actions such as the “spincycle”, in which you draw a circle that surrounds the enemies and attacks them. The action of pinning enemies also returns.
In addition to the open world, there are portals that take you to a “cyberspace” in which there are more traditional levels, Sonic Generations style (and with a very “beast” music). He also played a final boss , a robotic tree that you must defeat as Super Sonic , flying around him and attacking him.
Sounds good? The user was not very happy: he says that the exploration and the combat were super boring and crushing , and that it shows that it was in a very early stage of development, still very crude.
A Sonic game like this (reminiscent of some 3D Super Mario games like Super Mario Odyssey or Bowser’s Fury ) sounds very strange coming from this character … but the truth is that it sounds very credible. If you look at the teaser, all you see is a huge forest, which already somewhat anticipates the open world.
Do you like what you read? If Sonic Team polishes the game better than the last Sonic Forces , this Sonic Rangers (who may change his name) can be something very refreshing in the history of Sonic games. We will have to wait until 2022 to see it, and we will be able to play it on PS5, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC. Before that, on September 7, 2021, we will have Sonic Colors Ultimate , a remastering of one of the best modern Sonic games.