Sega removes classic Sonic games from digital stores ahead of Sonic Origins launch

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Sega has announced plans to delist digital versions of classic Sonic games that will be included in its upcoming Sonic Origins collection.

Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 3 & Knuckles and CDs will be removed from online storefronts on May 20, just over a month before Sonic Origins launches on June 30. There will be two exceptions. The Sega Ages versions of Sonic 1 and 2 for Switch will remain playable. The same immunity applies to Sonic 2 on the Sega Genesis Library for the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack.

Sega didn’t cite a reason for the move, but the publisher obviously wants to steer gamers to Origins if they want their classic Sonic fix. Rockstar Games has taken a similar step by removing PC versions of Grand Theft Auto games that appeared in last year’s ill-fated Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition. The decision drew significant backlash from fans ahead of the collection’s launch, as many believed Rockstar was limiting their options for purchasing the classic entries. This situation backfired again due to the botched release of the trilogy, and Rockstar eventually restored the standalone GTA titles to PC storefronts.

Sonic Origins brings together remastered versions of Genesis-era platformers. It features improvements such as new and improved animations, new game modes, and the ability to play as Tails/Knuckles in every game, among other features. It is expected to come to PlayStation and Xbox, Switch and PC platforms. The game is available in two editions – a standard version at $39.99 and a Deluxe at $44.99 – with some content packs which you can read here.

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