During the gamescomfans shared images of the cyberspace levels on sonic frontiers that presented similarities with the levels of previous titles of Sonicsuch as Windmill Isle in Sonic Unleashed. Now Takashi Iizuka, head of Sonic Team, has confirmed that the similarities between Cyberspace and those classic levels are intentional.
In an interview with EurogamerIizuka said that the cyberspace levels are “digital expressions of the worlds in Sonic the Hedgehog’s memories”. In other words, they are recreations of memories of places Sonic has visited throughout his 30-year history, such as Green Hill Zone from sonic the hedgehogSky Sanctuary in Sonic 3 and even Radical Highway from sonic adventure 2. He even pointed out that some of those levels can be mixed up, since the Green Hill Zone Cyberspace level has the same level design as the Windmill Isle tutorial level from Unleashed.
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“We want to reuse those memories, like the memories that we have too, because we play the games with Sonic, but the team is doing it intentionally, to hit those little points that players are going to pick up right away. Like, ‘I remember this exactly!’” Iizuka said. “And we’re making levels that maybe look different, but feel the same as other things that you’ve experienced. There will be a mix of those very intentionally nostalgic or familiar areas, but there will also be some new things that no one has seen before.”
Iizuka’s description of the Cyberspace levels is reminiscent of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. In the Game Boy Advanced game and the PS2 remaster, each floor in Castle Oblivion transforms into a different world that appears in the first game using a world card created from Sora’s memories. Basically, the Cyberspace levels are inspired by Chain of Memoriesbut instead of each level looking like the exact same place they’re based on, they blend in with other worlds not only out of nostalgia, but also as a representation of how lost and confused Sonic is as he travels through the Starfall Islands.
sonic frontiers will be released on November 8.