Don’t expect to be able to get your hands on the original versions of the Sonic 1, 2 or 3 games, SEGA has just withdrawn them from digital sales.
As SEGA recently unveiled its next Sonic Origins collection, the firm is making a drastic decision regarding the first installments of the franchise. Several games, all those that will be present in the collection, will be withdrawn from digital sale very soon and this definitively. The titles concerned are Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 3, Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic CDs.
In a press release, SEGA explains that only “Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2 will still be available on Nintendo Switch through the SEGA AGES lineup on Nintendo Switch while Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will still be available in the SEGA Mega Drive section of the Nintendo Switch Online+ subscription..” This large-scale operation will take effect from May 20.
Sonic Origins wins
With a release scheduled in less than two months, Sonic Origins already knows some controversy about it, and is not likely to stop there with this new decision. From now on, those who want to taste the joys of the first games sonic will either have to pick up a physical copy or buy the collection, which overall is more expensive than any standalone game.
Although it does not reach the heights either – €44.99 for the most expensive edition – it is still a disappointment. Of course, the games in the collection have all been remastered, as well as their music, so players shouldn’t lose out.
Unfortunately, and as is the case with all games, when a digital edition is no longer accessible, it means that the priority is not to preserve video game assets. This is a debate that had already surfaced when Nintendo or Sony announced the closure of some of their digital stores.
PC gamers in the crosshairs
This decision will mainly affect players on Steam since all games sonic mentioned were available there separately. On the other media, either only a few were available, or they weren’t at all. Players will have no choice but to turn to Sonic Origins to rediscover these iconic titles, even if it means buying games that they may not have wanted.
Questions still persist about the logistics involved in such a choice, especially in relation to other collections in which the first games sonic appear. This is the case of the collection SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics on Steam (or just SEGA Genesis Classics on PlayStation). For the moment, it is not yet known if these collections will be reduced from May 20, or if they will keep the games sonic despite their general disappearance from digital stores.