Sonic Rangers leak compares the game to Breath of the Wild
At the Sonic Central 2021 live event, SEGA announced their plans for the 30th anniversary of cool hedgehog. On the list were the upgraded port of Sonic Colors Ultimate, the new Retro Engine remasters of Sonic the Hedgehog (1991), Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992), Sonic the Hedgehog CD (1993) and Sonic 3 & Knuckles (1994) under the form of the Sonic Origins Collection and an event with a symphony orchestra. It was cool stuff, but it was really a collection of things that looked back and celebrated the high-speed platform brand’s past.
Towards the end of the show, fans got a first glimpse of the future – a game with the working title “Sonic 2022”. Unfortunately, the short trailer was pre-rendered and showed very little. What’s more interesting is that the Sonic 2022 trailer lines up well with some pre-existing leaks for a game supposedly called Sonic Rangers.
What was the leak from Sonic Rangers?
Most of the information on Sonic Rangers came from an article on 4chan that was published months before the Sonic Central 2021 event was even announced. In the post, an anonymous tester claimed the game would be inspired by Breath of the Wild and would be an open world adventure focused on freedom of exploration, light puzzles, and combat encounters.
The poster claimed that what they played of the game was boring, despite the fact that you could collect all seven Chaos Emeralds in “cyberspace” action stages and even become the Dragon Ball Z-inspired Super Sonic.
It looks like SEGA will control the areas the player can go to with a thick fog barrier, expanding the area of the map as the story progresses. It actually reminds us of how things worked earlier this year in Nintendo’s latest “outdoor” platformer Super Mario: Bowser’s Fury.
Here’s the message, captured forever in a screenshot on Twitter:
Sonic Rangers looks like a departure for the Sonic the Hedgehog series, and we’re cautiously optimistic about that. Hopefully they will make things more satisfying and less boring by the time of release.
SEGA essentially confirms Sonic Rangers leak
Shortly after the release of the Sonic 2022 trailer, SEGA issued an email press release titled “Sonic Rangers,” accidentally confirming the leaks online.
“Announcing new console experiences, Sonic Colors: Ultimate and Sonic Rangers, more details on Netflix’s Sonic Prime, mobile news, music events and more!” “
Shortly thereafter, the online version of the press release was updated to “Announcing new console experiences, Sonic Colors: Ultimate and other details about Netflix’s Sonic Prime, mobile news, music events and more!” “ instead, but it was too late and the news had already been reported.
Eurogamer has been informed by SEGA that its press release was an old version given to them in error. That doesn’t confirm the name or the leak, though – even though Sonic Rangers was a working title, it now looks like it’s definitely the title at some point. This reinforces our belief in the legitimacy of the leak, if at all.
We hope that SEGA will present a much less boring version of Sonic Rangers soon.