SEGA recently revealed Sonic Origins, a retro compilation of five classic Sonic games from the bygone era, with a release date set for June. Origins will provide enhanced visuals, new areas, opening and ending animations, modes and more. However, a pre-order DLC chart detailing the game’s various editions has left many fans more confused than excited.
Sonic Origins will bundle Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles in one complete package. In Classic mode, players can relive the original games’ resolution and limited lives. However, the newly introduced Anniversary mode will offer players a widescreen resolution option with infinite lives.
Sadly, the excitement for Sonic Origins has been met with backlash thanks to a convoluted DLC chart, which essentially breaks up basic features like character animations, modes and more into confusing chunks:
The chart doesn’t make it clear if players will be able to unlock Mirror Mode and Hard Missions through regular gameplay, or have to buy the DLC to unlock them.
If you want to get your hands on everything that Sonic Origins has to offer, you will need to purchase the more expensive Digital Deluxe Edition. For some reason, though, this edition doesn’t include 100 Bonus Coins, doesn’t unlock Mirror Mode, and doesn’t have a letterbox background.
Thankfully the differing prices aren’t hefty, with the standard edition costing $39.99, and the Digital Deluxe Edition costing $44.99. This means that the extra DLC will come in at around an additional $5.
All that said, this seems to be a good entry point into the classic 16-bit era of Sonic games. Keep in mind that this will be a digital release only, and it doesn’t seem like a physical edition will be available to buy at retailers yet.
Sonic Origins will release on 23 June 2022 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC.