Earlier this week, a demo Sonic Forces was published on Switch. The thing is, it’s only up on the Japanese eShop. And that’s where it will stay.
SEGA’s Aaron Webber commented on the demo situation during a live stream yesterday. It was confirmed that there are no plans to release it in either North America or Europe.
Those who managed to download the demo outside of Japan have been critical. It’s comprised of three levels, but there’s a catch: each one has a 60-second timer. What that means is there is essentially no way to easily complete the stages.
Webber said that there are “probably some different sensibilities between how western consumers would react to a 60-second demo of the game versus how maby Japanese consumers would.” The demo’s limitation “may seem like a weird thing in the west,” hence the decision to have it stay in Japan. Webber added that they’d prefer for fans in North America and Europe to pick up the full game and experience the entirety of the levels without a restriction or timer.