Spoiler: Why are we still spoilering these? Game is out now lol. Speaking as someone who has made clear that they’re entirely content with what Origins has presented, is it absolutely necessary to “introduce” the Master Emerald in the intro cutscene? Sonic 3 has visual story telling down pat anyway, and I don’t think there’s anything lacking from its presentation of the Master Emerald. It sits in the middle of the Chaos Emeralds within the shrine, collecting all the Chaos Emeralds lets Sonic curb stomp pretty much anything, so it stands to reason that it’s very important and Knuckles clearly values it. While I don’t think having it in the Origins opening is at all a detriment to that scene, likewise Black Hole’s take isn’t diminished by not having a specific shot of the emerald being physically present.