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Sonic Origins is now out there, and whereas the gathering revitalizes the blue blur’s beginnings masterfully, it additionally offers us some hints concerning the sequence’ future. A datamine of Origins has revealed leftover information from Sonic Frontiers, elevating some attention-grabbing questions concerning the upcoming journey.
Modder @ahremic introduced this datamine into the highlight on Twitter. Their tweet features a shot of some Sonic Frontiers shaders that had been left in Origins’ code for some cause. @ahremic additionally hyperlinks to a PasteBin assortment of code strings of their thread, stating another attention-grabbing finds. The strings name-drop characters like Amy Rose, who we already know will likely be one of many characters within the game, plus Knuckles the Echidna and Big the Cat, neither of which have been seen thus far.
Along with Big the Cat comes a code reference to fishing. Sonic Frontiers is an open-world game in spirit, and whereas Sonic Team has been utilizing the time period “open zone,” that also leaves loads of room for a fishing exercise. One different curious discover is code for an NPC named Kodama. In Japanese folklore, kodama are tree spirits, but it surely’s additionally value stating that Japanese developer Rieko Kodama was additionally concerned with the primary two Sonic the Hedgehog video games. Her title could possibly be used as a reference to a totally unrelated NPC.
Clearly, there are nonetheless plenty of unanswered questions on Sonic Frontiers on the market. One of the largest is the game’s launch date, which has but to be confirmed. A PlayStation database leak on the finish of final 12 months recommended a November 15, 2022 launch date, however Sega has but to say something official.
For now, we are able to savor the gameplay demos which have been launched thus far. There’s plenty of thrilling stuff to identify within the gameplay, from basic rails and rings to new environmental puzzles and fight strategies. Some off-screen footage additionally appears to point out the return of Sky Sanctuary Zone.