Sonic Origins is supposed to be an authentic celebration of the classic 2D games Sonic the Hedgehog, but not all the content has entered the compilation that will be launched later this week.
The game, which includes remastered versions of Sonic 1, 2, 3 & Knuckles, and CDs, also features new animated scenes, bonus targets and more. However, fans are not happy that the game does not contain original, authentic music for Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
The soundtrack for Sonic the Hedgehog 3 has a complicated history. It’s a well-known piece of trivia about video games that Michael Jackson apparently worked on the soundtrack for Sonic 3, which has led to years of speculation about what legal rights Sega may or may not have to re-release the game with original music.
For years, Sega has been re-releasing emulated versions of Sonic 3, which included original music. But now, that version of the game is not available because Sega removed the classic Sonic games from digital shop windows before the release of Origins.
Now, with Origins, it seems confirmed that Sega is not using original music again in Sonic 3. Earlier this month, Sonic social media manager Katie Chrzanovski confirmed that all original music will not be returned for Sonic Origins.
“We can’t use all the original sounds [from S3&K]. Jun Senoue worked really hard to adapt the original music that was composed in 1993 for Origins, “Chrzanowski said. She also said Senoue used the same Genesis sound chip to reproduce the faithful recreation of parts of the Sonic 3 & Knuckles soundtrack.
– Sonic the Hedgehog News and Updates · Tails’ Channel (@ TailsChannel) June 9, 2022
The 1993 music that Chrzanowski is talking about is from the prototype Sonic the Hedgehog 3, which appeared in November 2019. The excavated version of the game contained unused music tracks that were eventually replaced in the final version that fans know today. The prototype includes music for the Carnival Night Zone, Ice Cap Zone, Launch Base Zone, Knuckles theme, competition menu and credits.
For Sonic Origins, it seems that Senoue took that prototype of music and made it again for use in the compilation version of Sonic 3, and fans are not too happy with the results.
Senoue has worked on the 1994 Sonic the Hedgehog series Sonic 3, and is also working on the upcoming Sonic Frontiers. You can get an idea of how his work on the prototype sounds to himself in the video about the breakup from GameXplain:
As expected, Originos’ replaced songs for Sonic 3 are honestly, absolute pants.https://t.co/rvkCvO4ckg
– Andy Robinson (@ AndiPlaitonic) June 21, 2022
I totally accept the lack of Jackson songs in Sonic 3. That’s what it is
but no, because it sounds worse than the Prototype
– Jon Cartwright (@JonComms) June 21, 2022
Now he needs to return the music license for Sonic 3 fr. I’m sorry, but prototype tracks suck.
– LoneliGoomba (@ LoneliGoomba) June 21, 2022
They messed up the music prototype for Sonic 3 pic.tvitter.com / U3iOgis1S7
– break until July (this time really) (@ _VarpFormat_) June 21, 2022
As someone who loves Sonic 3 prototype songs, I’m amazed that Sonic Origins makes them sound worse. Especially carnival night. pic.tvitter.com / iKVef3k8ii
– Tuna “Tuner” Fish (@ TunaTunerFish) June 21, 2022
NOT WHY THE PROTOTYPE SOUNDS SO IN ORIGIN
– Cherribun (@ ghostbunbun) June 21, 2022
On the Resetter, Sonic fans are also unhappy with this element of the final product, with talk of Sonic 3 missing music dominating the conversation on the topic of reviewing Sonic Origins. Some fans say that they plan to transfer the collection because of that, while others say that they will pick up the Steam version and wait for the moder to put the original music into the game.
Sonic Origins – Screenshots
This is also not the first controversy that Sonic Origins has dealt with. When the game was announced, fans were angry and confused by Sonic Origins’ complicated DLC strategy.
Sonic Origins will be released on June 23 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. For more, you can watch the first 18 minutes of play on the PS5.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find it on Twitter @LoganJPlant.
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