Sonic Origins Contributor Shares Frustrations Over Game State

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The launch of Sonic Origins yesterday saw the return of the blue faded classic Mega Drive/Genesis games, all bundled on modern consoles. The most notable part of the bundle is Sonic 3 & Knuckles, porting Sonic 3 to consoles for the first time with new, HD upgrades.

To make this version possible, Headcannon – one of the developers behind the awesome Sonic Mania – teamed up with Sega to create the classic interlocking duo in the Retro Engine. Now that the collection is out, Stealth – the alias of Simon Thomley of Headcannon – has acknowledged some of the issues with the final release and shared some of the complications behind it on Twitter.

The full thread (which is quite long and worth reading in its entirety) describes how Stealth and team submitted a build that they recognize needed some fixes, but Stealth also noted bugs in the final build that were not present in Headcannon’s build – the result of Sega’s integration of the team’s work into the overall Origins game.

Stealth also states that the team wants “these issues addressed” and asked for major repairs before Origins shipped, and inquired about possible delays to the game, and was told it couldn’t – which, with the game locked for launch on Sonic’s anniversary, is certainly understandable from a marketing perspective. Headcannon is currently waiting to hear from Sega about whether it can implement some post-release patches.

It should be noted that Stealth carefully clarifies that the issue is complicated, and he and other members who have worked on this version of Sonic 3 are also very complimentary of Sega employees who are mentioned by name, including Sonic Team head, Takashi. Iizuka:

Sega has not yet responded or announced whether patches will be released. While the issues mentioned above may go unnoticed by new players to the games, Sonic fans who started the series in the ’90s have noticed several differences. However, the biggest changes – affecting audio tracks attributed to Michael Jackson and/or his team – have attracted more widespread attention, most notably from Yuji Naka himself.

If there are any updates to the game, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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