Sonic games will be delisted prior to the release of Sonic Origins

Sega is removing individual versions of included classic Sonic games from digital storefronts in anticipation of Sonic Origins.

Sega announced in a press release that Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic CD will not be available as standalone titles as they will be part of Sonic Origins, which brings together Blue Blur’s earliest adventures into one collection .

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According to the press release, Sega plans to remove the digital versions of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic CD from digital storefronts on May 20th. There are a few exceptions, as Sonic 1 and 2 will continue to be available on the Nintendo Switch eShop via the Sega Ages Collection, and Sonic 2 will remain on the Sega Genesis Nintendo Switch Online app.

If you just want one of these games and don’t want to pay for Origins, you have less than a month before these cheaper options disappear. Right now you can snag Sonic 1, 2, 3 & Knuckles and CD on Steam for $4.99 each. Combined, this works out to $20, which is significantly less than the standard $39.99 / $44.99 price of Sonic Origins Digital Deluxe.

However, these $5 versions are basically ports of the original Genesis trilogy, while Sonic Origins includes digitally remastered versions of Sonic’s earliest adventures, which explains the higher price.

In addition to the remastered versions of the game, Sonic Origins also includes a mirror mode, Boss Rush, music library, difficult missions and more. But to access all of the content, you’ll need to pre-order the digital deluxe edition or piece it together via DLC, which many Sonic fans aren’t happy about.

The negativity surrounding the release of Sonic Origins is a blemish in what is otherwise a fairly positive time for Sonic fans. Beyond Origins, the Sonic the Hedgehog film series, has been a hit with fans and critics alike, while 3D Sonic fans can look forward to the series’ first open-zone adventure in Sonic Frontiers. And Sonic even just got an official new game within Roblox.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant. Sonic games will be delisted prior to the release of Sonic Origins

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