Rumour: Sonic Origins datamine hints at a returning character for Sonic Frontiers

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Happy thirty first Birthday to the Blue Blur! We’ve seen tons of Sonic the Hedgehog change and evolve over time, and the subsequent step in his journey – Sonic Frontiers – brings a number of the greatest modifications to the franchise but. But earlier than we glance forward, let’s look again as we speak with the launch of Sonic Origins.

The compilation recreation launched as we speak on consoles, together with Switch, and dataminers have already been busy seeing what hidden nuggets they’ll discover. and @ahremic on Twitter discovered some leftover recordsdata in Origins, however these aren’t for any of the basic Sonic video games, they’re extra for Frontiers (thanks, Sonic Stadium and BlueStarEXSF on ResetEra).

These shaders point out that the menus in Origins had been created utilizing Tools for Frontiers, that means there are hints of potential elements of the subsequent 3D Sonic recreation. Of course, these may not be a part of the sport now, so it is value taking all this with a pinch of salt, however there are some fairly attention-grabbing issues to shine about right here – together with the return of everybody’s favourite frog-hunting cat.

@ahremic and a buddy put all their finds right here in a pastebin doc. Many recordsdata are associated to finishing missions, tutorials, and finishing ranges, however we have chosen a number of the extra attention-grabbing elements:

– FirstChaosEmeraldStrageOpen
– FirstChaosEmeraldStrageGet
– ChaosEmeraldBought
– Kodama Elder First Talked
– Kodama Hermit First Talked
– fishing
– NewFishFirstAppeared
– FishingBigFirstTalked
– UIKodamaTutorialWatched
– FishingSpotId
– GrowFlowerStartDay

Some of those are nonetheless fairly self-explanatory – Chaos Emerald phases are making a return, and Grow Flowers could trace at a brand new mode or simply be code for flower respawning. But on this small quantity of knowledge we have pulled out, we expect three necessary new particulars are value investigating.

First are all recordsdata pointing to ‘Kodama’. In Japanese folklore, kodama are spirits that inhabit timber (in the event you’ve seen Studio Ghibli’s). Princess Mononoke then you recognize it). This may very well be a model new character launched in Frontiers. And from all of the footage we have seen, tree spirits would not be misplaced on this unusual new world.

The different two actually needs to be mentioned collectively, and in the event you’ve ever performed Sonic Adventure you recognize the place that is headed. “FishingBigFirstTalked” could seek advice from Big the Cat, the fishing-loving feline who should save her finest pal Froggy by a collection of fishing mini-games. There are a whole lot of recordsdata right here which can be associated to fishing, so that might nicely come to Frontiers. And if that’s the case, then it is sensible that Big is included. We know you all love him Yes, actually. Maybe.

We’ll say that once more, after all – these recordsdata had been present in Sonic Origins, so they won’t be related to Frontiers anymore, but it surely’s a sign of what was no less than being thought of for the subsequent 3D entry within the Sonic collection. We’ll have to attend and see if this seems to be catch!

Sonic Origins is out as we speak on Switch – discover out what the critics considered the sport in our round-up. Sonic Frontiers is at the moment scheduled for launch later this yr.

What do you consider the datamin? Want to see Big the Cat return? Let us know within the standard place!

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