Sonic Origins: Sonic Origins is a remastered collection of four Sega classics that will be released for Nintendo Switch, PC via Steam and Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Remastered versions of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic CD, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Sonic 3 & Knuckles are included, including Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles as playable characters.
However, some of the bonus features are a touch cheeky, such as pre-orders getting the Start Dash Pack DLC with 100 Bonus Coins and Mirror Mode activated right away. “Character animation on the main menu” and “camera controls over the main menu islands” are included in the Premium Fun Pack, which is also included in the Digital Deluxe Edition.
Sonic Origins Features
Anniversary Mode provides a full 16:9 aspect ratio and a limitless amount of lives to keep the fun going without having to worry about Continues, Time Overs, or Game Overs, allowing players to experience the gameplay of the titles in Sonic Origins in a new format for novices. The player can also utilize Coins to restart the Special Stages as many times as necessary until all of the Chaos Emeralds and Time Stones have been obtained.
Vintage Mode allows users to play the games in Sonic Origins in their original form, complete with classic challenges. This version has the classic finite life system, time limitations, and Game Over gameplay, as well as its original screen dimensions with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The edges of the screen will be dark in this mode, however, they can be customized with letterbox borders obtained through DLCs.
Rush of the Boss
The Boss Rush option allows the player to face off against all of the game’s bosses in order to win Coins.
Mode of Narration
Story Mode is a new feature in Sonic Origins that allows the player to control Sonic and play through all of the classic Sonic games in order. New animated cinematic cutscenes will be included in this playthrough.
Mode of Reflection
Mirror Mode is a new game feature that flips the entire Zones from left to right, letting the player complete the levels in the other order. After completing Classic Mode, Anniversary Mode, or Story Mode, it can be unlocked. Alternatively, the Start Dash DLC can be used to unlock it right away.
My Information & Ranking
My Data & Ranking is a leaderboard that may be found online. Here, the player can set their best time for each Act and check the Ranking to see other players’ times from around the world, which they can compare to their own. Mission Mode is a game that you have to complete.
Mission Mode is an optional feature that requires the player to complete Missions from all four games‘ Acts. In them, the player is required to fulfill particular tasks. The player’s performance is graded using a rank system, with “S” being the highest rating, followed by “A,” “B,” and “C.” This feature allows players to put their abilities to the test and earn Coins by completing missions, with the number of Coins earned determined by the rank.
The Museum is a feature in which the user can unlock and add to their collection a range of collectible content, such as music, profiles, and artwork. The “Normal Collection” will be automatically unlocked as the player advances through the game. They can also unlock things in the “Premium Collection” with Coins earned from Boss Rush and Mission Mode. Some stuff was never disclosed to the public during the production of the original games.
Visuals that have been remastered to incorporate all-new visual presentations as well as improvements for the current generation.
- The games now have new opening and closing animations.
- Sonic the Hedgehog CD’s original opening and ending cutscenes have been remastered.
- In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Sonic has a new move called Drop Dash.
Pre Order Sonic Origins and Release Date
Sonic Origins will be released in June, although part of the game’s extra content will be available only through paid DLC.
Sega has announced that Sonic Origins will be released for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on June 23, 2022 (Sonic’s birthday, FYI).
Pre-orders are available starting today, but fans are baffled by the bizarrely intricate pre-order bonuses, some of which must be purchased separately.
Four distinct pre-orders can be found on the Sonic Origins website. The normal game and a deluxe version with features are two of them, while the other two are tiny add-ons for a fee. The full list of DLC content can be found below, but what this truly means is that important features like character animations, camera controls over the main menu islands, mirror modes, and more are only available in specific editions of the game.
The ‘Standard Edition,’ which only includes the main game ($39.99), the two DLC packs ‘Premium Fun Pack’ and ‘Classic Music Packs,’ which include exclusive in-game features and Sega Mega Drive tracks ($3.99 each), and the ‘Digital Deluxe Edition,’ which includes some of these exclusive add-ons as well as the main game ($49.99).
To add to the confusion, there’s also the ‘Start Dash Pack,’ a free pre-order bonus for those who pre-order either the standard or digital deluxe version of the game ahead of its release, which includes 100 bonus coins, unlocked mirror mode, and a letterbox background (Mega Drive pattern).
As one might assume, not all fans are pleased with this unusual pre-order system, with some wondering why there aren’t just two options: regular and deluxe, which includes all the bells and whistles.
The Sonic Origins collection will include remastered versions of various classic Sonic games, including Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic CD, in case you missed it. The new collection also includes a number of innovative elements that give the old games a fresh spin.
Players will be able to play the classic early Sonic games in a variety of modes, including ‘Classic Mode,’ which retains the majority of the game’s original challenges and presentation, ‘Anniversary Mode,’ which features a full-screen display and infinite lives, ‘Missions, Medallions, and Museum,’ which allows players to put their skills to the test in a variety of missions, and ‘Better Than Ever,’ which contains remastered versions of all four