Sonic Frontiers Is Offering Free DLC Under One Condition

Sonic Frontiers is offering players a free DLC, but only if they complete the game's tutorial.

By Jason Collins | Published

The Sonic Frontiers video game is offering a DLC for free, but its function is conditioned on whether or not you’ve completed the game’s tutorial — this is something FromSoftware should have thought of. So, it would seem that the additional content that comes with the Digital Deluxe edition of the aforementioned game will be rendered useless if not installed before you complete the game’s tutorial.

The news came to us via Destructoid, who picked up Sega’s tweet regarding the issue hours before the game actually launched. The tweet informs gamers that they need to download the DLC that comes with the Digital Deluxe edition of Sonic Frontiers before starting a new game. Installing the downloadable content after you’ve completed the tutorial area will render the DLC invalid. It’s still unclear whether starting a new game from scratch resolves the DLC issue.

Other DLCs for Sonic Frontiers, the ones that don’t come with the Deluxe Digital, don’t suffer this issue, and you can safely install them at any point during your game’s progression without worrying about the content becoming unattainable. These DLCs include The Monster Hunter and Sonic Adventure 2 Soap shoes, which can be downloaded at a later date without any progression conditions tied to the game.

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Sonic Frontiers is the latest video game in a decades-old Sonic franchise, and the game’s reviews are, unlike God of War Ragnarok, very diverse — people love and hate the new Sonic game. Now that the game has finally launched, players can try it for themselves and figure out to which end of the review spectrum they belong. It’s also very difficult to determine where exactly Sonic Frontiers lands on the franchise’s timeline, which has become so complicated that Sega is actually hiring people to untangle the mess. Haven’t they heard that reboots are popular now?

Regardless, Sonic is still an incredibly popular franchise that has been reinvigorated with the recent film releases, both of which are actually enjoyable considering the gaming and cinema’s twisted history. The first film was released in 2020, and it was an absolute hit after the fandom ripped Sega and Paramount Pictures a new one regarding Sonic’s appearance. The film performed well, considering that it was released at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and prompted the release of a sequel film in 2022’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

The second film earned some $100 million more compared to the original movie and apparently had a DragonBall Z moment in which Sonic went Super Saiyan and smacked Doctor Robotnik to another dimension. It also featured two of the fan-favorite characters, Tails, and Knuckles, the latter of which is likely to receive its own series — it’s still unknown whether we’re discussing film or television. Whatever the case may be, with the renewed success of the franchise, Sega should tread carefully with Sonic Frontiers and other gaming releases.

It would be a shame for Sonic Frontiers and other similar games to be consensually bad, as it could irreparably damage the franchise. Why not hit the restart button, declare what’s official canon, what are the spin-offs, and insult a few gaming developers by calling their work fan-fiction?