Look, it's no secret: Sonic's games have been rough for years. Save for Sonic Mania, the highest rated title in the franchise in nearly two decades, the series has seriously struggled to resonate with critics. The fans are definitely a little friendlier towards these titles, and they sell well regardless, but it seems SEGA wants to change Sonic's fortunes when it comes to reviews.
With Sonic Frontiers giving the series a fresh start with an open world structure, the publisher is shooting for the stars, targeting high scores to potentially boost sales. As reported by VGC, SEGA Sammy's top suits were recently asked whether the team has internal targets for review scores.
CEO Haruki Satomi and CFO Koichi Fukazawa confirmed this to be true: "We have set internal targets, as the correlation between the scores of external evaluation organizations and sales is high in Europe and North America," they said.
Continuing, the pair says SEGA is building Sonic Frontiers to a high standard in order to receive high scores: "If the game gets a high score, it can become a must-buy game, and possibly generate synergy with sales, so we are currently working hard to improve the quality of the game toward its sales for the holiday season".
The game is scheduled to release later this year on PS5 and PS4, and as mentioned, takes the action to a sandbox setting. We've only had the smallest of glimpses so far, so there's still plenty we don't know about how the game will play. It's encouraging that SEGA is striving for a higher quality this time around — we certainly hope the hedgehog catches a break.
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