The first free content update for Sonic Frontiers will arrive on Wednesday March 22, according to a reveal made via SEGA's official Sonic the Hedgehog newsletter bulletin.
Originally announced in December to promote a slate of upcoming content for 2023, the "Sights, Sounds and Speed" update will include some bonus quality-of-life features for players dashing around the Starfall Islands - including a Jukebox feature, Photo Mode and some additional challenges.
Earlier this morning, SEGA sent an official newsletter post (pictured below) stating a March 23 release date for the DLC pack. We now know this is incorrect; an official press release sent to the Sonic Stadium confirms a date of Wednesday, March 22 at 5:00 p.m. PDT / 8:00 p.m. EDT.
Later in the year, Sonic Frontiers players will be able to enjoy even beefier updates, including a birthday celebration and additional Story chapters involving new playable characters.
UPDATE: An article by Destructoid seems to reveal some more details about what's included in the DLC update. While the Photo Mode is pretty self-explanatory, the Jukebox feature will include a total of 53 of “your favourite Sonic songs”, with the first 13 available to listen to at first. The remaining 40 songs are unlocked as you collect 'Sound Memories' scattered around Starfall Islands.
As for the challenges, there are reportedly two; "Battle Rush" will see Sonic fight an army of Titans, Guardians and other foes against the clock, while "Cyberspace Challenge" is a time attack tasking players to run through all the Cyberspace stages back-to-back!
We've asked SEGA for official PR on this, which is coming to us later today.
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Official Press Release follows.
Today, SEGA announced that Sonic Frontiers’ first content update of 2023 – Sights, Sounds, and Speed – will release Wednesday, March 22 at 5:00 p.m. PDT / 8:00 p.m. EDT across PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch™ family of systems and Steam. The Sights, Sounds, and Speed Update is the first of three content updates slated for this year and adds new features including a Jukebox, Photo Mode and new challenge modes.
To learn more, see below for a breakdown of the new features:
New Challenge Modes - After completing the main story campaign, players can access new challenge modes – Cyber Space Challenge and Battle Rush – via the title screen. The Cyber Space Challenge is a time-attack mode where players will compete against the clock to complete multiple Cyber Space stages in a row. Additionally, Sonic Frontiers will offer Battle Rush, a timed-battle mode where you fight multiple enemies, Guardians and Titans in one go.
Photo Mode - To capture memories of their time on the Starfall Islands, players can open the pause menu to access Photo Mode, which will pause gameplay and bring up a camera that is freely moveable.
Jukebox - Players can listen to their favorite Sonic songs all throughout the Starfall Islands with the new Jukebox. With 53 song tracks available, players will have instant access to 13 songs, and can unlock the remaining 40 songs by collecting Sound Memories on each island.
Stay tuned as two additional updates to Sonic’s open-zone, action-packed adventure will arrive later this year, including new features, challenges, playable characters and more.
Sonic Frontiers is available now across PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch™ family of systems and Steam.
Check out current deals for various Sonic games across the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store and Steam. Starting March 22 at 5 p.m. PDT / 8 p.m. EDT, PlayStation Plus Premium subscribers who haven’t played Sonic Frontiers and want to try it out can play the Sonic Frontiers Trial for free.