Details of the Sonic Origins remakes have leaked via the PlayStation Store, with new character artwork and information about the work being done to update the original Sega Mega Drive classics.
Sonic Origins will provide two ways to play these original side-scrolling adventures of the blue blur, with the 16-bit graphics from the early 90s one option alongside new high-resolution art, wide-screen resolutions, new animated opening and ending cinematics and more.
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There’s also some gameplay changes. Classic mode will have limited lives, while Anniversary mode (with the enhanced visuals) will have unlimited lives. There will also be new areas to explore, missions to collect coins to unlock new content, challenges, and Special Stages through the in-game Museum.
There’s even new areas to explore, expanding the games, and a new Anniversary mode to play.
Sonic Origins will include includes the following games:
- Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992)
- Sonic CD (1993)
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994)
- Sonic & Knuckles (1994)
The last tidbit is that the collection will reportedly release on 22nd June 2022, though we’ve not seen corroborating evidence of this.
There’s also speculation as to who is behind the remastering effort. Headcannon, the co-developer of Sonic 1&2 mobile and the very well received Sonic Mania, has broken a long silence over the studio’s work, saying that they’ve “finally hit on something” and will “share some details soon.” Then again, they are still at work on two games: Sondro Gomez and Kyle and Lucy.
Hi! Been a while, hasn’t it?
Headcannon has been through a lot in recent years – more even than we can say. It’s an unfortunate situation, or a collection of such, that’s led to a dry spell lately. We’ve finally hit on something, though, and we’ll share some details soon.
— Headcannon (@Head_cannon) April 20, 2022
The Sonic Origins remakes were announced in May 2021 as part of Sega’s Sonic Central presentation, which delved into how the company was gearing up to celebrate the blue blur’s 30th anniversary. Since then we’ve had precious little to go on, but it looks like they’re about to make a bit announcement, with this new leak and the game’s PC version receiving a rating in South Korea.
Sega’s been enjoying a bit of a renaissance for their original mascot, thanks to the film franchise going from strength to strength, a relatively well received remaster of Sonic Colors, and the build up to a new era of Sonic games with Sonic Frontiers set to release in late 2022.
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