A series staple since Sonic the Hedgehog 2 over twenty-five years ago right up to the recent Sonic Mania, either earning the seven Chaos Emeralds or clearing the game’s story often yielded the highly coveted reward of Super transformation. From there, simply collect fifty rings mid-stage, transform, and blast off with ring-fueled invincibility and faster speeds.
While oddly absent from the game’s initial release over a month ago, Sonic Forces is finally bringing in this long loved franchise staple at long last as free downloadable content… unfortunately, with a catch that is already drawing community backlash.
Like previous DLC releases, the Super Sonic DLC is available for free, but in this case, only for a limited time. January 23, 2018 is the cutoff date for free downloads, after which late adopters will have to cough up an extra $1.99 / €1.99 / £1.69.
The controversial change is already drawing criticism online, with fans pointing out not only how Super forms were readily available in previous instalments without an extra charge, but also how hackers have already datamined Super Sonic in the PC version of Sonic Forces—which received additional ire for its inclusion of Denuvo DRM—since the launch day patch.
Web-savvy players were already aware of both Classic and Modern Super Sonic’s existence in Forces for several weeks, and the mountains of footage already on YouTube surely don’t make these hard to find.
In addition, when choosing Super Sonic as a separate character, the Super transformation is triggered automatically—rather than at the player’s volition—with 50 Rings or more collected when earthbound.
The Super Sonic DLC is already making rounds in Australia and Europe, and will likely crashland in North America later today.
In the meantime, you can also read our TSS Review for Sonic Forces right here.