The Super Sonic DLC is here for Sonic Forces on PC! PC owners can now install Sonic Forces and get the Super Sonic DLC for free. Once installed simply activate him in-game then when you get 50 Rings Sonic will transform into Super Sonic - and that goes for both Classic and Modern Sonic stages, although obviously not for Avatar stages.
While it's neat that this DLC is free, like Sonic Forces in general it does come with a lot of fan disappointment. The rumored "True Secret Ending" we reference in the original post is still nowhere to be seen. There are no Special Stages to earn Chaos Emeralds, or any sort of challenges to unlock Super Sonic, or any real new content of any kind. And perhaps most annoyingly, there is no special button to activate Super Sonic after getting 50 Rings the way you do in Sonic Mania - it just automatically happens, turning Sonic invincible as long as you have Rings.
SEGA and Sonic Team have been accused, not the least by us, of cheapening out on Sonic Forces, such as replacing cutscenes with text, reusing the same bosses frequently and making all the levels incredibly short. This Super Sonic DLC seems to add to that. Super Sonic is meant to be a reward, either by getting all the Chaos Emeralds or by getting to the final chapter of the game. Having him just be an Invincibility switch you can turn on or off right from the beginning of the game seems to be upsetting a fair number of fans.
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.