In our review of Sonic Forces we commented on the abruptness of some of the game's storyline - for example, how main villains such as Infinite, Chaos and even Eggman just disappear without explanation. Now evidence is mounting that there may be DLC for the game that adds a True Ending to Sonic Forces.
User Zerio920 went through all the evidence of a DLC True Ending (or Secret Ending) coming to Sonic Forces on Reddit. To summarize the story points there, numerous characters, most notably Infinite, disappear without explanation or a real ending - and after beating the final boss the "100%" counter for game completion briefly ticks back to 99.9%.
Perhaps most notably, the one major Sonic thing missing from Forces is Super Sonic, who never appears despite traditionally featuring in the final battles of most Sonic games from Sonic & Knuckles onwards - and yet gamers have found that he is playable and functional in the game.
According to Steam there are definitely 3 more DLC packs for Sonic Forces coming. While it certainly looks likely, we're not sure how comfortable the fanbase will be if SEGA charges for this Super Sonic/Secret Ending DLC. Previous games that cut out their own endings to sell as DLC, such as Prince of Persia and Tomb Raider Underworld, were not received well. Cutting out a big Super Sonic finale and a final ending to Infinite and Eggman just left Forces feeling unsatisfying, and getting sold the actual satisfying ending as DLC would probably annoy us more than satisfy us.
Here's what we said about Sonic Forces in our review:
"There’s fun to be had, but even then Forces feels so cheap and abrupt that you’ll be finished with it entirely in 4 hours. It’s not the worst 3D Sonic game, but in trying to do everything Sonic Team didn’t really accomplish anything."
Compare this to our review of Sonic Mania, released just a few months previously:
"Mania is a joyous non-stop celebration of everything you ever loved about Sonic The Hedgehog, with perfectly designed levels, and controls that feel just right... Sonic Mania boasts a level of polish, care, and attention to detail the franchise hasn’t seen since Sonic and Knuckles. The developers clearly love Sonic and Mania glows as a result."
We'd probably buy DLC for Sonic Mania, but probably not for Sonic Forces.