As part of Nintendo's latest Direct Mini presentation — read more about that through the link — SEGA has shown off a little more about Sonic Frontiers, the hedgehog's big new game due later this year. We've embedded the video above at the right time stamp, and if you're interested in the upcoming open world platformer, it's worth a watch.
Much has been made of Frontiers' "open zone" structure, placing Sonic in a wide open location known as Starfall Islands. However, we now know there will also be regular, linear levels to speed through when the hedgehog visits Cyber Space.
As you explore the islands, you'll find entrances to Cyber Space everywhere. To activate them, you'll need to solve puzzles or complete challenges to earn Portal Gears, which then unlock the gates to the Cyber Space stages. Then, completing these linear levels earns you Vault Keys, which are necessary to progress further in the game.
The Cyber Space levels appear to take Sonic to more recognisable environments. We definitely see Green Hill Zone in the video, and it looks like a blend of 2D and 3D platforming, as we've come to expect from modern Sonic games.
We also have a bit more detail on the setup of the game's story. Sonic, Tails, and Amy are travelling to Starfall Islands in search of the Chaos Emeralds, but run into trouble as they approach and are sucked into a dimensional portal. Sonic awakens alone in the Cyber Space realm, but manages to escape, finding himself on Kronos Island, one of the Starfall Islands. His journey this time seems pretty simple: rescue Tails and Amy and retrieve the Chaos Emeralds.
We're a little more optimistic about the game as we learn more, but it's still looking a little sketchy in the footage. Fingers crossed Sonic Team can finally deliver a worthy 3D adventure for SEGA's mascot. Are you excited for this one? What do you think about the Cyber Space stages? Go fast in the comments section below.