The first post-launch content update for SEGA’s latest high-speed hedgehog action title Sonic Frontiers will be arriving on March 22!
Dubbed the ‘Sights, Sounds, and Speed Update’, the free DLC package sees three game modes added to the game. The update will automatically install where automatic updates are supported, or players can manually download the latest version of the game to receive the update.
Update (March 25, 2023): A new trailer outlining the update has been released!
Sonic Frontiers first announced its post-launch updates DLCs as early as December when the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account posted a future content roadmap for the title in December 2022.
The second update will celebrate Sonic’s birthday, most likely hinting at the update’s release date around June 23. This content update is also expected to also include an Open Zone Challenge and new Kocos being added to the game.
The third and last update will bring new playable characters and stories. The corresponding image shows Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, though it’s unclear if all three of Sonic’s friends will be actual playable characters as of this writing.
▍Sonic Frontiers: Fast Facts – Sights, Sounds, and Speed Content Update
▍New Challenge Modes Added in Sonic Frontiers
After installing the Sights, Sounds, and Speed Update for Sonic Frontiers, players will be able to unlock these new challenge modes upon completing the game once.
■ Cyber Space Challenge
Test your platforming abilities in the new Cyber Space Challenges, where players will race against the clock to complete several levels of Cyber Space in a row. Can you roll around at the speed of sound?
■ Battle Rush
In the all-new Battle Rush mode added in Sonic Frontiers’ first update, players can test their mettle as they fight through a gauntlet of enemies from each island. Each battle is harder than the next, as encounters escalate from regular enemies to guardians to culminating in a showdown with the island’s Titan boss fight.
The announcement for the update also hinted at special surprises being rewarded if players achieve a higher rank. Level progression on Sonic will carry over from the base game, so aim for the fastest clear time with your leveled-up hedgehog!
▍New Features Available in the Base-game
■ Photo Mode
A new photo mode will be accessible through the pause menu post-update. Stop gameplay at any time and bring up a freely movable camera featuring a variety of options, including filters, to line up the perfect shot. Capture different memories and moments with Sonic on the Starfall Islands!
■ Jukebox and Sound Memories
Players will be able to listen to their favorite Sonic songs with the new Jukebox feature! With 53 tracks available, players will have access to 13 songs immediately, while the remaining 40 songs can be unlocked by collecting Sound Memories in the open world.
Sound Memories are collectibles that will be newly scattered all-throughout the Starfall Islands. Collect them all and jam out to tunes from Sonic games old and new in this sound test-esque feature!
Other Quality-of-Life changes added in the content update include the following:
- The Power Boost animation can be toggled in the Options menu.
- The Starfall Slot Machine can be toggled in the Options menu.
- Cyber Space levels can be restarted mid-level.
- When upgrading Sonic, multiple Koco can now be exchanged at once with the Elder and Hermit Koco.
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