The widely anticipated retro game collection, Sonic Origins has finally been given a release date of 23rd June 2022. Which just so happens to be Sonic the Hedgehog’s official birthday. That’s right, the blue blur will turn 31 years old on the release of Sonic Origins.
Featuring 4 of the series’ most iconic games from the 16bit era – gamers will be treated to remastered classics:
- Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
- Sonic CD (1993)
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992)
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles (1994)
Sonic Origins will release digitally on Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, PC and Xbox, and will cost £39.99. In addition to the 4 Mega Drive era games listed above, Sonic Origins is set to include some brilliant new features. Animated cut scenes, mission modes, classic modes and an anniversary mode that includes cut levels and features that never made it to the final game – like the legendary Hidden Palace zone from Sonic 2.
What has gamers excited everywhere is the notable inclusion of Sonic 3 and Knuckles in its entirety. Previously excluded from recent compilations and the brilliant SEGA Mini Mega Drive, it has been questioned whether the rights to certain Sonic 3 songs have prevented the release of the game in recent years. In the past, Sonic 3 has been re-released with development build music in place of music famously influenced by Michael Jackson.
Developed with the assistance of the incredible studio Headcannon (responsible for ports of Sonic 1, 2 and the instant hit Sonic Mania), Sonic Origins will likely set the bar for other retro gaming collections going forward.
If you haven’t seen the trailer yet or just can’t wait to watch it again – watch now below.
Eager for more Sonic the Hedgehog content? You can read our Sonic 2 retrospective here.