Rumors: Sonic Origins Datamine hints at the return of the character for Sonic Frontiers

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Happy 31st birthday with a blue stain! We’ve seen Sonic the Hedgehog change and evolve in tons over the years, and the next step on his path – Sonic Frontiers – brings some of the biggest changes in the franchise to date. But before we look ahead, today we are looking back with the launch of Sonic Origins.

The compilation appeared on consoles today, including Switch, and data miners have already dived to see which hidden lumps they can find. I @ ahremic on Twitter he found some leftover files in Origins, but they are not for any of the classic Sonic games, but for Frontiers (Thanks, Sonic Stadium and BlueStarEXF on ResetEra).

These seiders point out that the menus in Origins are made using the Frontiers tool, which means that there are references to potential aspects of the next 3D Sonic game. Of course, this may not be part of the game anymore, so it’s worth taking all this with a little salt, but there are some pretty interesting things that can shine here – including the return of everyone’s favorite cat chasing a frog.

@ ahremic and a friend put all their findings in Pasteba’s document right here. Many files are related to completing missions, instructions and cleaning levels, but we have selected some of the more interesting parts:

– FirstChaosEmeraldStrageOpen
– FirstChaosEmeraldStrageGet
– ChaosEmeraldGot
– KodamaElderFirstTalked
– KodamaHermitFirstTalked
– FishCaught
– NewFishFirstLooked
– FishingBigFirstTalked
– UIKodamaTutorialVatched
– FishingSpotId
– GrowFloverStartDay

Some of them are still quite understandable – Chaos Emerald phases are returning, and Grove Flowers may indicate a new regime or just be a code for the reappearance of flowers. But in this small amount of data that we have extracted, we think that three important new details are worth digging out.

First are all the files that point to ‘Codes’. Kodama, in Japanese folklore, are ghosts that inhabit trees (if you’ve seen Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke then you will know). This could be a brand new character being introduced to Frontiers. And, well, from all the shots we’ve seen, the ghosts of the trees wouldn’t be out of place in this strange new world.

The other two really need to be discussed together, and if you’ve ever played Sonic Adventure then you know where this is heading. “FishingBigFirstTalked” potentially refers to Big the Cat, a cat who loves fishing and who has to save his best friend Frog through a bunch of mini fishing games. There are a lot of files related to fishing here, so it could come to Frontiers. And if it is, then it makes sense for Big to be there too. We know you all love him really. Maybe.

We’ll say this again, of course – these files were found in Sonic Origins, so they may no longer be relevant to Frontiers, but that’s an indication of what was at least considered for the next 3D entry in the Sonic series. We will have to wait and see if this will prove to be a good catch!

Sonic Origins came out on Switch today – find out what critics think about the game in our review. Sonic Frontiers is currently scheduled to be released later this year.

What do you think about the data mine? Do you want to see the return of the Big Cat? Let us know at the usual place!


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