Sonic Origins is an upcoming video game compilation consisting of side-scrolling games from the early Sonic the Hedgehog series, and is being developed and published by Sega. It will be released in 2022 as a part of the Sonic brand's 30th anniversary, with versions coming to all of the latest platforms.
List of games
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
- Sonic the Hedgehog CD
According to Takashi Iizuka, similar to Sonic Colors: Ultimate, Sonic Origins was created for new fans of the Sonic the Hedgehog series following the success of recent games and the Sonic the Hedgehog film who wanted to know about the "origins" of Sonic. In addition, the five Sonic titles were made playable on current hardware without running on an emulator, given the game is a port to current consoles. As such, this would allow fans to play everything on a 16:9 aspect ratio.
While emulator-based porting is easier to do, since the games chosen for Sonic Origins had been played for several years, Iizuka wanted to take this opportunity to revive them again on the current hardware. With that in mind, the team dared to try porting. With the games not running on emulation, the team were able to modify the games themselves. There are also plans to add elements that would make it easier for beginners to play the games, similar to Sonic Colors: Ultimate.
As of July 2021, Sonic Origins is still in the early stages of development.
The game was announced during the Sonic Central video presentation on 27 May 2021 that showcased news regarding the Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary celebration. Among these announcements were also the teaser trailer for this game. The teaser trailer featured footage from the Star Engine versions of the available games, being Sonic the Hedgehog (2013), Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2013) and Sonic the Hedgehog CD (2011), as well as emulated footage from the original 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.
- According to Sonic the Hedgehog social media manager Katie Chrzanowski, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles will be playable in a widescreen format.
- It will also mark the first time since 2011 that Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles has been rereleased, after a decade-long legal battle with Michael Jackson’s estate over the legal rights to some of the tracks.
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