Game news Sonic Frontiers sells like hot cakes despite press ratings
Published on 02/20/2023 at 18:05
The first open-world title of the Sonic license, Sonic Frontiers has won its bet. If it left the press skeptical, the title convinced players who did not hesitate to get their hands on it and in large numbers according to SEGA.
A commercial success despite the notes2023 still has plenty for Sonic!
A commercial success despite the ratings
Released on November 08, 2022, the Sonic Frontiers video game quickly got people talking about it before no longer being in the spotlight. The fault of a long-awaited God of War: Ragnarok for November 09 as well as the release of the ninth generation of Pokémon with Scarlet / Purple ten days later. However, the latest game developed by the Sonic team is a hit on its own. He achieves the best start of the license on Steam and sells out 2.5 million units a big month after its release. What satisfy investors? More than reason according to the words of a meeting between the teams and the shareholders. Comments made by Makoto Takahashi (Vice-President) and Nobuaki Yoshii reported by VideoGameChronicle:
The number of units sold has greatly exceeded the annual plan established at the beginning of the fiscal year, and we recognize that this is a title that we will continue to sell over the long term depending on our sales strategies, such as prizes, promotions and free DLC development.
A success that has therefore greatly exceeded the expectations of SEGA, which will not seek to reduce the price of the game in the weeks to come. Also during this meeting, the publisher indicates that it has held reductions for Black Friday but that the title has achieved such a performance with the first sale price.
2023 still has plenty for Sonic!
A box that was not off to a good start, in the eyes of the press in any case. Evidenced by the various ratings listed on the metacritic aggregator: Sonic Frontiers displays ratings between 61 and 75, or between 12.2/20 and 15/20. An opinion that is not shared by the public, whose user rating is at least 16.2/20 and reaches 17.2/20 and which has allowed it to sell well according to the publisher:
While it’s true that the Metascore was slightly lower than expected, we believe we were able to release a title that was well received by many people around the world, thanks to extremely high user ratings.
If it is complicated to grasp with certainty the reasons for the success, it must be said that SEGA has put the package on its mascot in 2022 with the most important year for the blue hedgehog : two video games were released, the second film was a hit in theaters while the Sonic Prime series arrived on Netflix.
The franchise therefore seems to be more flourishing than ever and 2023 is on the lookout. We should see the release of free downloadable content for Sonic Frontiers while information should be communicated around Sonic 3: the movie but also around the spin-off series around Knuckles with Idris Elba. Finally, there are also more or less advanced projects in preparation: Morio Kishimoto, director of Sonic Frontiers, had promised a “even more exciting and surprising experience” for the next 3D game and recently mentioned the return of two-dimensional games.