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In a recent update, supposedly last week, Sonic has acquired a batch of familiar upgrades: the Fire Shield, the Aqua Shield, the Lightning Shield, and even the Insta-Shield. Imagine the usefulness of a Fire Shield in Marble Zone or an Aqua Shield in Labyrinth Zone... this is quite the treat. The image below was not taken in Debug Mode.

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As we know, all four of these shields officially debuted in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Could this be a hint toward the hungrily expected Sonic 3 Remastered?

UPDATE: After a bit of perusing, I am unable to find any elemental shields aside from this one instance. However, the Insta-Shield does exist in-game.

UPDATE 2: Snuffles is right to an extent. It was an accident, however, and I didn't realize it until now.