In light of the mostly mixed response to Sonic Origins, a Sega community manager has advised via Twitter that the developers have been listening to feedback and are working on fixes. The collection, which includes the three original Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis titles, along with Sonic CD, was widely criticised for bugs and for feeling quite barebones for a supposed remaster of classic titles. Furthermore, its awkward and confusing DLC scheme felt like a cynical attempt to wring money out of nostalgic Sonic fans. It will remain to be seen what kind of fixes Sega has in mind for the games going forward.
Hey! Thanks for the patience! The team's been listening and is working on fixing a variety of issues right now. We'll make sure to get some more official messaging out once we have more info for everyone. 🙂
— Katie – MiniKitty (@KatieChrz) July 14, 2022
“Hey! Thanks for the patience!” advised Sega of America social media coordinator Katie Chrzanowski via Twitter. “The team’s been listening and is working on fixing a variety of issues right now. We’ll make sure to get some more official messaging out once we have more info for everyone.”
Knowing that Sega endeavour to salvage Sonic Origins is promising news for Sonic the Hedgehog fans. For supposedly definitive versions of these classic games, the Sonic Origins release at launch contained bugs not present in the original games. The classic versions of the original games were also digitally delisted by Sega prior to release, preventing fans from just buying the less buggy and more affordable originals. This echoes the botched release of the Grand Theft Auto definitive trilogy, which saw Rockstar Games offer a similar apology and promise of upcoming fixes.
At the very least, it sounds like Sega is trying to improve Sonic Origins and make it the definitive version of its original classics on PC and console. It has a lot of credibility to win back by the time Sonic Frontiers releases later this year, another Sonic the Hedgehog title mired in uncertainty and mixed reactions.
With Rockstar Games reportedly shelving development of remasters of other classic titles in an effort to avoid the pitfalls that befell the GTA remastered trilogy’s development, the reaction to Sonic Origins shows that fans have high expectations of supposedly “definitive” versions of nostalgic titles. Hopefully, whatever fixes Sega announces will make Sonic Origins a more polished experience that Sonic fans can enjoy.