SEGA tries to make a fast buck by publishing Sonic Origins

What can a publisher do when one of its fundamental franchises just won’t score anymore? Publish the classic stuff. That’s exactly what SEGA is trying to do with Sonic Origins. Containing all the classic 2D Sonic games, Origins seeks to tickle your nostalgia bone. Just like it tried to do with Sonic Mania.

So, to be clear, Sonic Origins is basically rehashing Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic 3, Sonic and Knuckles, and Sonic CD. The games will be digitally remastered to make ’em look nice and crispy, but that’s about it. Unless…

Yes indeed, there is an unless. If you decide to pay more than the standard $39.99 ($44.99, to be exact) and go for the Digital Deluxe version, you’ll get a few extras. What kind of extras, you ask? Well… these extras:

  • Main Game
  • Difficult Missions Added
  • Letter Box
  • Characters in Main Menu
  • Island Camera on Main Menu
  • Character Animation in Music Playback
  • Exclusive Tracks from Mega Drive Titles

There are a few sidenotes to be made about these extras though. The Letter Box option (also called the Mega Drive pattern) is also a bonus if you pre-order the regular game and the soundtrack can also be bought separately. For just $3.99, all of those iconic tunes can be yours, regardless of the edition. Plus, if you fancy a mirror mode and 100 Medallion bonus, that’s only thrown in if you pre-order in advance. Are you still getting this or am I going too fast?

Now, I’m as much of a fan as any other ’90s kid, but somehow, Sonic Origins feels like an easy score. Granted, Origins truly remasters the original games and Sonic Mania was merely inspired by them. But somehow, this feels like a cheap do-over.

But hey, maybe I’m wrong. Origins could just be exactly what the blue prickly protagonist needs to become SEGA’s iconic mascot once more. I guess we’ll see June 23, 2022, when the game speeds off on PlayStation5, PlayStation4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch family, and PC.

If you’re really eager to get your classic Sonic fix right away, consider getting this Green Hill Zone LEGO diorama. It ain’t quite in the same price range, but at least you won’t get charged more for extra studs.