Sega is delisting individual versions of the included classic Sonic games from digital storefronts in anticipation of Sonic Origins.
Sega announced in a press release that Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic CD will not be available as standalone titles as they will be a part of Sonic Origins which compiles the Blue Blur’s earliest adventures in one collection.
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The press release says Sega plans to remove the digital versions of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic CD from digital storefronts on May 20. There are a couple of exceptions, as Sonic 1 and 2 will still be available on the Nintendo Switch eShop through the Sega Ages collection, and Sonic 2 will remain on the Sega Genesis Nintendo Switch Online app.
If you want just one of these games and don’t want to pay for Origins, you have less than a month before these cheaper options disappear. Right now on Steam, you can grab Sonic 1, 2, 3 & Knuckles, and CD for $4.99 each. Combined, this comes out to $20, which is significantly less than Sonic Origins’ $39.99 standard/$44.99 digital deluxe price point.
However, these $5 versions are basically ports of the original Genesis trilogy, while Sonic Origins features digitally remastered versions of Sonic’s earliest adventures, which explains the higher price point.
In addition to the remastered versions of the game, Sonic Origins also includes a mirror mode, boss rush, music library, difficult missions, and more. But to access all the content, you’ll need to preorder the digital deluxe edition or piecemeal it together through DLC, which many Sonic fans aren’t happy about.
The negativity surrounding Sonic Origins’ release is a blemish on what is otherwise a fairly positive time for Sonic fans. Beyond Origins, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie series has been a success among fans and critics, while 3D Sonic fans are looking forward to the series’ first “open-zone” adventure in Sonic Frontiers. And, Sonic even just got an official new game inside of Roblox.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.