Sonic Frontiers Teasing New DLC Story Update Final Horizon
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Released on the official Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube account, The Final Horizon is the final downloadable content update planned for Sonic Frontiers in 2023. As detailed in the game's 2023 DLC roadmap, The Final Horizon features new playable characters and a new storyline that continues from the game's ending. Amy Rose, Miles "Tails" Prower and Knuckles the Echidna will be playable in the third update.
The 2D animated trailer teases the significance Sonic the Hedgehog's friends will play in the new video game storyline, along with his archnemesis Dr. Eggman and his digital AI "daughter" Sage. At Gamescom 2023, Sega gave fans a first-look at the highly-anticipated story update to Sonic Frontiers. Presented in a traditional GG cutscene, Sonic and his friends are up against a new variant of Supreme, the final Titan boss fight in the game. This causes Sonic to go Super Sonic with the seven Chaos Emeralds. However, a new form of Super Sonic seems to be teased by the end of the trailer. Reminiscent of the various Super Saiyan forms Goku achieves in the Dragon Ball anime series.
Outside new playable characters -- which hasn't been seen in a mainline 3D Sonic game since Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) -- actual details regarding the gameplay updates in The Final Horizon are scarce. However, game director Morio Kishimoto previously expressed regrets regarding certain elements of Sonic Frontiers and interest in changing the game for the better. In a Dec. 24, 2023 post, Kishimoto acknowledged the divisive reception towards the final boss fight sequence in Sonic Frontiers, which many fans believed to be lackluster. The reappearance of Supreme suggests a possible retooling of the game's final boss fight or an additional alternative take in the post-game update.
The third update for Sonic Frontiers is set for Sept. 28. Along with Sonic Frontiers, the new 2D multiplayer side-scroller Sonic Superstars will also feature playable characters from the Sonic franchise when it's released on Oct. 17. Sega is also releasing animated TikTok videos aimed at younger Sonic fans called Sonic & Friends.
Sonic Frontiers is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC.