Sega has always been a busy company from creating home consoles like the Dreamcast to creating arcade-style games for boardwalks and arcades to creating games for other companies’ platforms but on top of all that and more, the company may be most widely known as the home of Sonic the Hedgehog. Sega has released many different forms of media for everyone’s favorite speedy hedgehog from countless television shows, video games, spin-offs, two live-action movies, and more. Most recently, Sega announced two Sonic games were in development and both would break ground in different ways, but the games are nearly polar opposites of each other with the game we’ll discuss heavily below, “Sonic Origins”, most similar to “Sonic Generations”, and another game, slated for a later release, “Sonic Frontiers”, that will be the first open-world Sonic the Hedgehog game. Below, we’ve gone into detail on everything we know about “Sonic Origins”, and how it’s tailored to the next generation of gamers looking to enjoy classic Sonic games with a modern touch, as well as how “Sonic origins” will revisit the original Sonic games, set for release on the franchise’s 31st anniversary.
What Games Will Be Featured in Sonic Origins
Sega announced, along with “Sonic Origins”, the news that the compilation remaster would include the first four Sonic console games, “Sonic the Hedgehog, “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”, “Sonic CD”, “Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles”. The games listed to be included in the compilation game from Sega didn’t come as a surprise, except perhaps “Sonic CD”, but to include at least one of the Sonic Adventure titles would likely increase older fans but as the games are being included to attract new fans to the original Sonic feel, the original four games make sense, especially with a title such as “Sonic Origins”. In concept, “Sonic Origins” was immediately reminiscent of “Sonic Generations” as both games allow players to play the original levels from the Sonic franchise, but revisited, allowing for a fresh feel to older games.
Sonic Origins’ Differences from Original Games
Although players will be playing the original Sonic games, the ones fans don’t hate, they will climb through each game individually instead of all of the games being mashed into a singular game mode, but some features such as challenges, achievements, and rewards may operate differently. While “Sonic Generations” had players play as either Classic Sonic or Modern Sonic, who were both oddly aware of each other, it also presented a strong story and reasonings as to why the two worlds had collided, “Sonic Origins” will offer players the chance to play the games in classic format or widescreen format, otherwise referred to as Anniversary Mode, which will remove lives and give the newest revisit to the original Sonic games. Other differences from the original games include the ability to play as Knuckles in “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”, between each game players will have brand new cutscenes to enjoy, and more.
On top of the new content that will be standard for the game, there will be DLC that we have discussed below as well, but players can earn coins for level completion and completing missions throughout each game. The coins earned from completing the missions throughout each game can help each player unlock various items, as well as those specifically for viewing in the museum, but to be as specific as the official “Sonic Origins” website, “Players can spend coins to unlock new content from the vault, try the Special Stage, and more”, but the website also confirmed that the game will have paid for DLC to unlock even more content.
Along with pre-order bonuses, DLC will be available for “Sonic Origins” in various different forms from background music from previous Sonic games, and spin-offs, such as Sonic Spinball and others. On top of the Standard Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition, three DLC packs were announced with one being available for free and included with either pre-order called the “Start Dash Pack” which will include 100 coins, Mirror Mode unlocked upon launch, and themed letterbox background for menus, while the other two, “Classic Music Pack” and “Premium Fun Pack” are locked behind an undisclosed paywall but as Sonic Origins” has been set to launch June 23rd, players won’t have to wait long to find how much the game will cost total for the entire package. The Classic Music Pack will feature only additional music tracks while the Premium Fun Pack will include hard missions, character animation within menus, camera controls over the main menu islands, character animations during music islands, and the previously mentioned themed letterbox background.
Sonic Origins Pre-Order Info
Currently, only two versions of the game can be pre-ordered, while specific content can be acquired with each one, additional DLC unlocks the most content for players to enjoy but each edition offers players different bonuses right away to enjoy upon launch. While anyone can purchase whatever extra content they would like after purchasing the game, getting it with a pre-order would be the easiest and fastest way to acquire the content. The Standard Edition of “Sonic Origins” will be the lesser version of the game, and will include the previously mentioned main game, 100 bonus coins, Mirror Mode, and letterbox background while the extensive Digital Deluxe Edition of “Sonic Origins” will include everything mentioned above, including the paid DLC, which will include 100 coins, Mirror Mode unlocked, hard missions, letterbox background, character animation in menus, camera controls in menu islands, character animations during music islands, and the additional tracks included with Classic Music Pack.