Happy 31st birthday to the blue spot! We’ve seen Sonic the Hedgehog change and evolve a lot over the years, and the next step in his journey, Sonic Frontiers, brings some of the biggest changes to the franchise yet. But before we look forward, we’re looking back today with the release of Sonic Origins.
The build game launched today on consoles, including the Switch, and data miners have already been diving in to see what hidden nuggets they can find. Y @ahremic on Twitter has found some leftover files on Origins, but these are not for any of the classic Sonic games, but for Frontiers (Thanks Sonic Stadium and BlueStarEXSF on ResetEra).
These shaders indicate that the Origins menus were created with Frontiers tools, meaning there are references to possible aspects of the upcoming 3D Sonic game. Of course, these may no longer be a part of the game now, so it’s worth taking all of this with a pinch of salt, but there are some pretty cool things to shine on here, including the return of the game’s favorite frog-catching cat. everybody.
@ahremic and a friend put all of their findings into a Pastebin document here. Many files refer to completing missions, tutorials, and cleaning levels, but we have selected some of the most interesting parts:
– Chaos Emerald Got
– Kodama Elder First Talked
– KodamaHermitFirst Spoken
– caught fish
– Identification of the fishing point
Some of these are still self-explanatory: Chaos Emerald stages are returning and Grow Flowers may indicate a new mode or simply be code for respawning flowers. But in this little scoop of data we’ve extracted, we think it’s worth digging into three new important details.
First there are all the files that reference ‘Kodama’. Kodama, in Japanese folklore, are tree-dwelling spirits (if you’ve seen the ones from Studio Ghibli). princess mononoke then you will know). This could be a completely new character that is introduced in Frontiers. And, well, from all the images we’ve seen, tree spirits wouldn’t be out of place in this strange new world.
The other two really should be discussed together, and if you’ve ever played Sonic Adventure then you know where this is going. ‘FishingBigFirstTalked’ potentially refers to Big the Cat, the fishing-loving cat who has to save his best friend Froggy through a bunch of fishing mini-games. There are a lot of files here that refer to fishing, so it’s possible they’ll make it to Frontiers. And if so, then it makes sense for Big to be there as well. We know you all love it Really. Maybe.
We’ll repeat this, of course: these files were found in Sonic Origins, so they may not be relevant to Frontiers anymore, but it’s an indication of what has at least been considered for the next 3D entry in the Sonic series. We’ll have to wait and see if this turns out to be a good catch!
Sonic Origins is out today on Switch – find out what critics thought of the game in our roundup. Currently, Sonic Frontiers is scheduled to be released later this year.
What do you think of the data mine? Do you want to see the return of Big the Cat? Let us know at the usual place!