Since launch, Sonic Frontiers has had a strong mod scene, with edits ranging from physics changes to character model swaps to completely new maps. And it looks like game director Morio Kishimoto has taken note according to a recent Famitsu interview. In the interview (as translated by My Nintendo News) Kishimoto saw the output of the modding community as a challenge in what to add in the game's major updates:
Characters other than Sonic were playable, and the new actions we were going to do in the update were already in action. I thought it was going to be great (laughs).
(Laughs) Then, the Sonic team couldn’t release that content as an update, could they? If the customers come that far, we’re going to go even further beyond their expectations and betray their expectations. As a result, we said, “Isn’t the full version our competitor?” That’s what we decided to do.
As we saw, the end result was the inclusion of Amy, Knuckles, and Tails, each with very unique styles and diverse movesets, and a complete remix of the final island (as well as some brutally difficult challenges).
Thumbnail taken from mod Pac-Man Frontiers.