Sonic Frontiers Datamine Discovers Big Change Made to Open Zones


sonic frontiers It made some major changes to the classic Sonic the Hedgehog formula, giving players large open areas to explore. It’s probably the biggest change since the series made the jump to 3D, but it seems developer Sonic Team almost took it even further. Data miner “Death” has shared a video of the cut content found in the Switch version files. The biggest reveal in this footage is the fact that the islands of Kronos, Rhea, and Ouranos were originally meant to be one big area, rather than split up. That would have given players a much larger area to freely explore!

The video can be found embedded below.

It’s always interesting to take a look at what could have been. It’s unclear exactly why Sega decided to split these locations, and players will have to decide for themselves if it was the right decision. the company sees sonic frontiers as a “global playtest” for the future of the franchise, and it’s clear that a lot of thought went into all aspects of the game, even if many players are divided on the results.

While reviews and player opinions on sonic frontiers have been all over the map,’s official review for the game gave it four out of a possible five stars. The game’s Open Zones received much praise from this writer, particularly for the way the areas allowed Sonic to break free in a way the series had never allowed before. If three of the game’s islands had been combined into one large area, that might have opened up this element even more, and that might even have changed some of the negative views towards the game. At the end of the day, that’s something Sega may keep in mind for the next installment in the series!

sonic frontiers is available on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. Readers can check out all of our previous coverage of the game here.

What do you think of sonic frontiers so far? Do you think this change was the right decision? Let us know in the comments or share your thoughts directly on Twitter at @Marcdachamp to talk about everything related to games!

[H/T: Nintendo Life]


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