Rumor: Sonic Origins Datamine suggests a returning character for Sonic Frontiers

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Happy 31st birthday to blue blur! We’ve seen Sonic the Hedgehog change and evolve tremendously over the years, and the next step in its journey – Sonic Frontiers – is making some of the biggest changes in the franchise. But before we look forward, let’s look back today with the launch of Sonic Origins.

The game compilation is out on consoles today, including Switch, and dataminers have already dived in to see what hidden nuggets they can find. And @ahremico on Twitter he found some leftover files in Origins, but these aren’t for any of the classic Sonic games, but rather for Frontiers (thanks, Sonic Stadium and BlueStarEXSF on ResetEra).

These shaders indicate that the Origins menus were made using tools for Frontiers, which means that there are references to potential aspects of the upcoming 3D Sonic game. Of course, these may no longer be a part of the game now, so it’s all worth taking with a pinch of salt, but there are some pretty cool things glistening here, including the return of everyone’s favorite frog-hunting cat.

@ahremic and a friend put all of their findings into a Pastebin paper right here. Many files relate to completing missions, tutorials, and completion levels, but we’ve selected some of the more interesting parts:

– FirstChaosEmeraldStrageOpen
– FirstChaosEmeraldStrageGet
– ChaosEmerald Got
– KodamaElderFirstTalked
– KodamaHermitFirstTalked
– Caught
– NewFishFirstLooked
– FishingBigFirstTalked
– UIKodama Tutorial Watched
– FishingSpotId
– GrowFlowerStartDay

Some of these are still quite self-explanatory – the Chaos Emerald stages are making a comeback and Grow Flowers could indicate a new mode or just be a code for flower regeneration. But in this little scoop of data we’ve fished out, we think three important new details are worth delving into.

The first is all files that refer to “Kodama”. The Kodama, in Japanese folklore, are spirits that inhabit trees (if you’ve seen those of Studio Ghibli Princess Mononoke then you will know). This could be a brand new character introduced in Frontiers. And, well, from all the footage we’ve seen, tree spirits wouldn’t be out of place in this strange new world.

The other two should really be discussed together, and if you’ve ever played Sonic Adventure, then you know where it’s going. “FishingBigFirstTalked” potentially refers to Big the Cat, the fishing-loving cat who must save his best friend Froggy through a series of fishing minigames. There are a lot of files here that relate to fishing, so it could get to Frontiers. And if it is, then it makes sense that Big is there too. We know you all love it truly. Perhaps.

We’ll say it again, of course: these files were found in Sonic Origins, so they may no longer be relevant to Frontiers, but it’s an indication of what has at least been considered for the next 3D chapter of the Sonic series. We’ll have to wait and see if this turns out to be a good catch!

Sonic Origins is available today on Switch – find out what game critics thought in our round-up. Sonic Frontiers is currently scheduled to be released later this year.

What do you think of the datamine? Want to see the return of Big the Cat? Please let us know at the usual place!

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