Sonic Origins: Fans are not happy about the big changes to Sonic 3’s soundtrack

Sonic Origins is meant to be an authentic celebration of the classic 2D Sonic the Hedgehog games, but not all of the content will fit into the collection that will be launched later this week.

The game, which includes remastered versions of Sonic 1, 2, 3 & Knuckles and CD, also features new animated movie sequences, bonus targets and more. However, fans are not happy that the game does not contain the original, authentic soundtrack of Sonic the Hedgehog 3.

The Sonic the Hedgehog 3 soundtrack has a complicated history. It is a well-known piece of video game trivia that Michael Jackson apparently worked on the Sonic 3 soundtrack, which has led to many years of speculation about what legal rights Sega may or may not have to re-release the game with the original music.

For years, Sega released emulated versions of Sonic 3, which included the original music. But now that version of the game is unavailable as Sega removed classic Sonic games from digital store fronts before Origins was launched.

Now, with Origins, it appears to have been confirmed that Sega will not be reusing the original music in Sonic 3. Earlier this month, Sonic’s social media manager Katie Chrzanowski confirmed that the full original soundtrack would not return for Sonic Origins.

“We can not use all the original sounds [from S3&K]. “Jun Senoue has worked very hard to adapt the original music that was composed in 1993 for Origins,” said Chrzanowski. She also said that Senoue used the same audio piece from Genesis to reproduce faithful reproductions of parts of Sonic 3 & Knuckle’s soundtracks.

The 1993 music that Chrzanowski refers to is from a Sonic the Hedgehog 3 prototype that appeared in November 2019. The uncovered version of the game contained unused music tracks that were eventually replaced in the final version fans know today. The prototype includes music for Carnival Night Zone, Ice Cap Zone, Launch Base Zone, Knuckles’ theme, competition menu and credits.

For Sonic Origins, it seems that Senoue took that prototype music and recreated it for use in the collection’s version of Sonic 3, and fans are not so happy with the results.

Senoue has been working on the Sonic the Hedgehog series since Sonic 3 from 1994 and is also working on the upcoming Sonic Frontiers. You can get an idea of ​​how his work with the prototype tracks sounds to yourself in a crash video from GameXplain:

Many fans seem okay with the choice to use the prototype tracks due to the legal circumstances, but are unhappy with how the new versions of the prototype songs ended up sounding.

Over at Resetera, Sonic fans are also unhappy with this element of the final product, with the conversation surrounding Sonic 3’s lack of music dominating the conversation in Sonic Origins review thread. Some fans say they plan to pass on the collection because of this, while others say they will pick up the Steam version and wait for modders to get the original music into the game.

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This is also not the first controversy Sonic Origins has dealt with. When the game was announced, fans were angry and confused about Sonic Origins’ complicated DLC strategy.

Sonic Origins launches June 23 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. For more, check out the first 18 minutes of gaming on PS5.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.