One of the builders Sega employed to work on Sonic Origins all however disowned the completed product in a Twitter thread posted within the night of the game’s launch day.
Simon Thomley, a developer for Headcannon, acknowledged that there have been “issues in what we gave to Sega,” however added that what Sega’s builders did with that code afterward “introduced some wild bugs” that they’re getting blamed for. Headcannon assisted totally on the remaster of 1994’s Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.
“We were outsiders creating a separate project that was then wrangled into something entirely different,” Thomley stated. “I can take responsibility for my and my team’s mistakes, and there were some. Some actual mistakes, some overlooking, some rushjobs, some stuff we noticed but weren’t allowed to correct near the end.”
Polygon has reached out to a Sega of America consultant for added touch upon Thomley’s remarks.
Thomley stated Headcannon, which developed 2017’s well-regarded Sonic Mania, “asked to do major fixes near submission,” however this was refused due to “submission and approval rules.” He added that Headcannon “offered to come back for post-release fixes and updates — we do not yet know if this is happening.”
Sonic Origins is an anthology comprising remasters of the primary 4 Sonic the Hedgehog video games: Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD, and Sonic 3 & Knuckles. A day into its launch, it already has a poor efficiency popularity, with followers and a few reviewers calling out glitches and AI errors. Yet others have stated they haven’t encountered the identical sort of issues.
Thomley acknowledged that his remarks would possibly trigger issues in Headcannon’s relationship with Sega. “I am not fighting with Sega, and no, I have not cut off Sega,” he stated later Thursday night. “I’m willing to do more work under the right conditions; whether they want to work with me again is an entirely separate matter.”
Sonic Origins launched June 23 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. Sega, in late May, started removing the original versions of a few of Sonic Origins’ video games from digital storefronts, in preparation for the anthology’s launch. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, which initially used a soundtrack composed by Michael Jackson, does not have that score within the remastered game. The substitute tracks have also drawn criticism from longtime followers.