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Classic Sonic games being delisted to make way for Sonic Origins

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A sad day for preservation and emulation, as SEGA has announced that they will be delisting the classic Sonic games.

Why? Well, they have Sonic Origins coming out on June 23. So they will be delisting Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic CD on May 20. If that alarms you, then you might want to grab them from the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics collection (you can buy them individually). That whole collection supports Linux too, and comes with roms, which it appears Sonic Origins will not (on both counts).

The full press release:

SEGA announced today that the company will delist the digital versions of the stand-alone titles that will be featured in the upcoming game, Sonic Origins on May 20, 2022.

This will include Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic CD. There are a couple of exceptions - Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2 will remain available via SEGA AGES on the Nintendo Switch and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will still be playable via Sega Genesis on Nintendo Switch Online +.

Delisting means no new purchases but existing owners will continue to have access.

It doesn't help that Sonic Origins has a stupid confusing DLC policy mess, just look at this. What have they done to Sonic?

Publisher Devolver Digital were quick to make a good joke about it.

Currently waiting on a little more info from SEGA PR, will update if / when they reply.

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elmapul 27 Apr
sigh
by the time i get enough money for an new computer + games, i probably wont want to give those companies any cent anymore...
Luke_Nukem 27 Apr
Proving they can wring blood from a stone.

This is all because of the NFT backlash isn't it?
WMan22 27 Apr
The worst part about this is that I sang praises towards SEGA for the Sega Megadrive Collection everywhere I could for how much of an example it is of how I wish older games could be sold in the modern era, complete with 2 emulator wrappers and steam workshop support for romhacks as well as giving you the uncompressed roms to use in an emulator of your choosing if you don't like theirs, but if they're delisting this, we're stuck with a version that not only doesn't have these things, but also contains Denuvo DRM, in SEGA GENESIS GAMES.

Thanks SEGA. Almost got my hopes up there that you knew what you were doing. I hate the modern game industry so much (outside of the indie scene)


Last edited by WMan22 on 27 April 2022 at 4:28 am UTC
Is there a DRMFREE version over there...
I remember the old DOTEMU store used to have it....
Termy 27 Apr
Quoting: WMan22but if they're delisting this, we're stuck with a version that not only doesn't have these things, but also contains Denuvo DRM, in SEGA GENESIS GAMES.

And next they are wondering why piracy is on the rise again...
sub 27 Apr
I remember as a kid Sonic on the MD/Genesis looked just awesome.
The whole cool aesthetics and clever use of the available colour palette, the level design and the fast gameplay.
Yet, when I first played it, it was basically no fun (for me).
I can't even tell why, but the Mario games were always the by far better platformers for me judging by the gameplay.
hjahre 27 Apr
What are the 100 bonus coins for? Is it for buying extra dlc or content in-game (why bother listing it if its for in-game usage) ?
slaapliedje 27 Apr
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Does the new version come with Blast Processing?

As a side note, the Genesis collection supports VR, have you tried it in VR yet, Liam?
TimeFreeze 27 Apr
Ah yes delisting old versions so people only can buy the new and totally better version, now where did i see that already.... *cough* Duke Nukem 3D *cough*
Quoting: WMan22The worst part about this is that I sang praises towards SEGA for the Sega Megadrive Collection everywhere I could for how much of an example it is of how I wish older games could be sold in the modern era,
I did the same - I'm sad to see they're going this route. It doesn't make any sense from a piracy-prevention standpoint, that cat is long out of the bag.
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