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Sonic Origins has been given a rating in South Korea, indicating that it’s still on track for a 2022 release.
The compilation was originally announced in May 2021 during Sega‘s Sonic Central presentation, which also revealed Sonic Colours Ultimate and teased a next-gen Sonic game, which would later become known as Sonic Frontiers.
Original story continues: The Korean ratings board has classified the game for ‘all users’, which is somewhat unsurprising given that it’s a compilation of 16-bit Sonic games.
What makes this particularly notable is that it’s one of the first things anyone’s heard about Sonic Origins since that original May 2021 announcement.
Sonic Origins is a retro compilation which includes the following games:
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Sonic CD
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3
- Sonic & Knuckles
In an interview last year with Japanese website 4Gamer, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka confirmed that the games in Sonic Origins wouldn’t be running on an emulator, but would instead be completely new ports.
This would allow the games to be presented in 16:9 widescreen and have other tweaks and modifications, similar to the critically acclaimed mobile ports released by Christian Whitehead (who would go on to work on Sonic Mania). The games appear to use Retro Engine, a game engine created by Whitehead for these mobile ports.
In December 2021, Sega announced that its previously teased open-world Sonic game would be called Sonic Frontiers and would be released in Holiday 2022.
“An experience like never before, accelerate to new heights and experience the thrill of high velocity open-zone freedom,” reads the game’s official blurb.
“Battle powerful enemies as you speed through the Starfall Islands – landscapes brimming with dense forests, overflowing waterfalls, sizzling deserts and more.”