One of the developers that Sega hired to do the work Sonic origins in a Twitter thread posted on the evening of the game’s launch day, the finished product was all but rejected.
Simon Thomley, a developer for Headcannon, acknowledged that there were “problems with what we gave Sega,” but added that what Sega’s developers did with that code “introduced some wild bugs” for which they will be held responsible. Headcannon mostly helped with the 1994 remaster Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & ankles.
“We were outsiders who created a separate project that was then turned into something completely different,” Thomley said. “I can take responsibility for my mistakes and those of my team and there have been quite a few. Some actual mistakes, some overlooked, some rush jobs, some things we noticed but weren’t allowed to correct towards the end.”
Polygon has reached out to a Sega of America representative for further comment on Thomley’s comments.
Thomley said Headcannon, which developed in 2017, is respected sonic mania, “request major corrections shortly before submission”, but this was rejected due to “submission and approval rules”. He added that Headcannon “offered to come back for post-release fixes and updates – we don’t know if that will happen yet.”
Sonic origins is an anthology of remasters of the first four Sonic the Hedgehog games: Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2sonic cd, and Sonic 3 & Knuckles. A day after its launch, it already has a bad reputation in terms of performance, with fans and some reviewers reporting glitches and AI bugs. Still others have said they haven’t encountered the same type of problems.
Thomley acknowledged that his comments could cause problems in Headcannon’s relationship with Sega. “I’m not fighting Sega, and no, I didn’t cut Sega off,” he said later Thursday night. “I am willing to do more work under the right conditions; Whether they want to work with me again is another matter entirely.”
Sonic origins launched June 23 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. Sega began removing the original versions of some of these in late May Sonic origins‘ games from digital storefronts, in preparation for the launch of the anthology. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, which originally used a soundtrack composed by Michael Jackson, does not have that score in the remastered game. The replacement tracks also drew criticism from longtime fans.