Sonic Frontiers Datamine discovers major change in open zones

Sonic Limits made some big changes to the classic Sonic the Hedgehog formula, giving players wide open zones to explore. It’s probably the biggest change since the series first made the jump to 3D, but it looks like developer Sonic Team has almost gone even further. Dataminer “Death” has shared a video with clipped content found in the Switch version files. The biggest revelation from these images is the fact that the islands of Kronos, Rhea, and Ouranos were originally intended to be one large zone, rather than split apart. That would have given players a much larger area to explore freely!

The video can be found embedded below.

It’s always interesting to get a glimpse of what could have been. It’s unclear exactly why Sega decided to split these locations up, and players will have to decide for themselves whether it was the right decision. The company sees Sonic Limits as a “global play test” for the future of the franchise, and it’s clear that a lot of thought has gone into every aspect of the game, even if many players are divided on the results.

While player ratings and opinions on Sonic Limits have been all over the map,’s official review for the game gave it four out of five possible stars. The game’s Open Zones received high praise from this writer, especially for how Sonic was able to break free through the areas in a way the series has never allowed before. If three of the game’s islands were combined into one large area, that might have opened up this element even more, and that might even have changed some of the negative opinions about the game. At the end of the day, that’s something Sega can keep in mind for the next installment in the series!

Sonic Limits 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 Limits 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 all things gaming!

[H/T: Nintendo Life]

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