Sonic OriginsYesterday, the classic Mega Drive / Genesis games with blue blurs were launched, all packaged on modern consoles. The most notable part of the bundle is Sonic 3 & Knuckleswho sees Sonic 3 ported to consoles with new HD upgrades for the first time.
To make this version possible, Headcannon – one of the developers behind the wonderful Sonic Mania – worked with Sega to recreate the classic interlocking duo in Retro Engine. Now that the collection is out, Stealth – the alias for Headcannon’s Simon Thomley – has acknowledged some of the issues with the final release and shared some of the complications behind them on Twitter.
The whole thread (which is quite long and well worth reading in its entirety) describes how Stealth and the team submitted a build that they admit needed some corrections, but Stealth also noted bugs in the final build that were not in Headcannon’s build – the result of Sega’s integration of the team’s work in the overall game Origins.
Stealth also states that the team wants “these problems to be fixed” and asked to make major corrections before Origins sent, asking about any delay in the game, and was told that this was not possible – which, with the game locked for launch on Sonic’s birthday is really understandable from a marketing perspective. Headcannon is currently waiting to hear back from Sega about whether it can implement any patches after release.
It should be noted that Stealth is careful to clarify that the issue is complicated, and he and other members who worked on this version of Sonic 3 are also highly complimented by Sega employees called by name, including the head of Sonic Team, Takashi Iizuka:
Sega has not yet responded or announced whether patches will be issued. Although the problems cited above may go unnoticed by new players in the games, Sonic fans who started the series in the 90’s have noticed various differences. But the biggest changes – those that affect soundtracks credited Michael Jackson and / or his team – has attracted the more widespread attention, above all from Yuji Naka himself.
If there are any updates to the game we will let you know.
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