Sega is removing classic Sonic games from digital stores ahead of Sonic Origins launch

Sega has announced plans to remove digital versions of classic Sonic games that will be included in the upcoming Sonic Origins series.

Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 3 & Knuckles and CDs will be removed from the online storefront on May 20, more than a month before Sonic Origins launches on June 30. There will be two exceptions. The Sega Ages version of Sonic 1 and 2 for Switch will remain playable. The same immunity applies to Sonic 2 in the Sega Genesis library of the Nintendo Switch Online expansion pack.

Sega didn’t say the reason for the move, but the publisher clearly wants to steer players to Origins if they want a classic Sonic fix. Rockstar Games made a similar move, pulling the PC versions of Grand Theft Auto games that appeared in last year’s ill-fated Grand Theft Auto: Trilogy – Definitive Edition. Before the series launched, the decision drew a backlash from fans, as many felt that Rockstar limited their options for buying classics. This backfired further due to the botched launch of the trilogy, with Rockstar finally bringing the indie GTA game back to the PC storefront.

Sonic Origins bundles a remastered version of the Genesis era platformer. It features enhancements such as new and improved animations, new game modes, and the option to play as Tails/Knuckles in each game, among other features. It plans to land on PlayStation and Xbox platforms, Switch and PC.There are two versions of the game – Standard Edition for $39.99 and Deluxe Edition for $44.99 – You can read some content packs here.