Unused Beta Island Found In Sonic Frontiers’ Switch Files

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We think it’s fair to say that the huge cloud of dust that followed the launch of Sonic Frontiers has finally settled. Clocking in mixed reviews across the board one theme that seemed to set us all apart was the game’s approach to the ‘open zone’ concept with some believing it was a huge leap forward for the Sonic franchise and others seeing it as not far enough . However, it appears that these areas were originally intended to be much more, well, open.

A fan has been rummaging through the files of Switch games and uncovered the original Beta Islands that appear to combine a design that would later be used in smaller regions of Frontiers. Posting their finds on ĐeäTh’s YouTube channel, this tour around Sonic’s home island presents a world much more open than the one we ended up receiving.

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The larger island appears to combine the final product’s islands of Kronos, Rhea, and Ouranos into one larger area with the freedom of travel available between the three. While some elements aren’t loaded in this particular example, the video captures the scope of what used to be a Sonic game that puts more emphasis on open-world exploration rather than island-hopping.

You can watch the full tour of the island in the video below:

It should be noted that while Beta Island was originally found in the Switch game files, the above video sees it ported to a PC and thus played at a higher frame rate and resolution.

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Whether this sense of freedom was enough to change many people’s views on the Switch version of the game is an answer we’ll never know. What’s clear, though, is that there’s potential for a much larger Sonic-themed open world out there and we’ll probably see more of this with whatever SEGA prepares for blue camouflage next.

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