Really? Not even a little?
From the very first trailer for Sonic Frontiers, gamers were quick to make comparisons to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. To just about anyone who’s played Breath of the Wild, Sonic Frontiers does seem to share some of Zelda’s DNA, but that’s definitely not how SEGA feels.
In an interview with Shacknews, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka was very quick to shoot down comparisons to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Iizuka went so far as to say Sonic Frontiers “isn’t similar at all,” and went on to explain why that is.
“From the development team’s perspective, they’re going out and making an action game. They see Breath of the Wild as a role-playing game, it’s not similar at all to the action game they’re making” Iizuka shared.
You know, there’s the same element of freedom that has been applied to Breath of the Wild as a role-playing game, but they’re taking the linear high-speed action Sonic game and implementing freedom into there. But when we think about, ‘is it an open-world game? Is it similar to Breath of the Wild?’… A lot of people on the team love the Zelda series, they love Breath of the Wild, but to them, they don’t see a similarity between the games”.
This open zone format has never been done before. We’re trying to look out there at other titles in the marketplace and we couldn’t find anything that had that linear platform action gameplay but in an open environment.”
I’m certainly excited for Sonic Frontiers and I think it looks like an interesting take on the Sonic franchise, but that said, I certainly see the similarities to Breath of the Wild. I’m also not sure about Iizuka’s claim that Sonic Frontiers is using a format that’s never been done before. I’ll just have to agree to disagree with Iizuka on this one, but where do you stand?