Sega has announced plans to delist the digital versions of classic Sonic games that will be included in the upcoming Sonic Origins collection.
Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 3 & Knuckles and CD will be removed from online stores on May 20th, just over a month before the June 30th launch of Sonic Origins. There will be two exceptions. The Sega Ages versions of Sonic 1 and 2 for Switch remain playable. The same immunity applies to Sonic 2 in the Sega Genesis library for the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack.
Sega didn’t give a reason for the move, but the publisher clearly wants to steer players to Origins if they want their classic Sonic fix. Rockstar Games took a similar step when it delisted the PC versions of the Grand Theft Auto games that appeared in last year’s ill-fated Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition. The decision drew significant backlash from fans ahead of the collection’s launch, as many felt Rockstar was limiting their ability to purchase the classic entries. This situation continued to backfire due to the botched release of the trilogy, and Rockstar eventually restored the standalone GTA titles to the PC stores.
Sonic Origins bundles remastered versions of Genesis-era platformers. It features improvements such as new and improved animations, new game modes, and the option to play as Tails/Knuckles in any game, among others. It is slated for release on PlayStation and Xbox platforms, Switch and PC. The game comes in two editions – a standard version for $39.99 and a deluxe version for $44.99 – with some content packs that you can read about here.
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