Update: SEGA has officially announced Sonic Origins Plus, confirming all the details below. To recap, this expanded version of the game throws in all 12 of Sonic's Game Gear games, Amy as a playable character, and all the previously released DLC. The Game Gear titles are:
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Sonic Chaos
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble
- Sonic Labyrinth
- Sonic Blast
- Sonic Drift
- Sonic Drift 2
- Sonic 2 in 1
- Tails Adventure
- Tails' Skypatrol
- Sonic Spinball
Sonic Origins Plus will be a $10 upgrade for those who already have the original, while it'll also be available standalone for $40. The physical and digital editions are due for release on 23rd June, 2023 — Sonic's 32nd anniversary.
Original Story: When Sonic Origins released last year, it was a largely successful retro package that brought together the mainline games from the hedgehog's heyday. However, it was met with some criticisms; the quality of the emulation was held to high scrutiny, the stingy add-on DLC was a bit much, and some felt it was lacking in content generally. Rumour has it, however, that SEGA is aiming to make the game more attractive with Sonic Origins Plus, a sort-of relaunch of the collection with a lot more content.
Last month, a listing was spotted on the Korean ratings board website, more or less confirming the title's existence. Fast-forward to today, and a now-deleted report seems to have revealed a whole bunch of information about the project. Apparently, Sonic Origins Plus will add the following to the base game:
- 12 Game Gear games playable in the Museum
- Classic Amy as a playable character in all the main games
- Knuckles as a playable character in Sonic CD
- All the existing DLC
On top of all that, a physical edition of the game will include a 20-page artbook and a reversible sleeve with exclusive artwork. Finally, the report claims Sonic Origins Plus will launch on 23rd June, 2023, when you can either buy the physical edition, the digital version, or a $10 upgrade fee if you already own the original release.
It all sounds pretty legit to us — it sounds as though that report was simply published earlier than planned. As a renewed package, it sounds pretty good; we'll just have to hope that Game Gear emulator can hold it together.
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