One of the developers Sega hired to work on Sound origins almost disowned the finished product in a Twitter thread posted the evening of the game’s launch day.
Simon Thomley, a Headcannon developer, acknowledged that there were “problems in what we gave Sega”, but added that what the Sega developers did with this code afterwards “introduced wild bugs” for which they are blamed. Headcannon helped mainly on the 1994 remaster sonic the hedgehog 3 & Joins.
“We were strangers creating a separate project which then morphed into something completely different,” Thomley said. “I can take responsibility for my mistakes and those of my team, and there have been some. Some real mistakes, some overlooked, some rushed jobs, some things we noticed but weren’t allowed to fix near the end.
Polygon has reached out to a Sega of America representative for additional comment on Thomley’s remarks.
Thomley said Headcannon, who developed the much-loved 2017 Sonic Mania, “requested to make major corrections near submission”, but this was denied due to “submission and approval rules”. He added that Headcannon “has offered to come back for post-release fixes and updates – we don’t know if that’s happening yet.”
Sound origins is an anthology featuring remasters of the first four Sonic the Hedgehog games: sonic the hedgehog, sonic the hedgehog 2sonic cd, and Sonic 3 and Knuckles. A day after its launch, it already has a bad reputation for performance, with fans and some reviewers calling for AI glitches and errors. Still, others said they hadn’t encountered the same kind of problems.
Thomley acknowledged that his remarks could cause problems in Headcannon’s relationship with Sega. “I don’t fight Sega, and no, I didn’t cut Sega,” he said later Thursday night. “I am ready to do more work in good conditions; whether they want to work with me again is an entirely separate matter.
Sound origins launched on June 23 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X. Sega, in late May, began removing original versions of some of Sound origins‘ digital storefront games, in preparation for the launch of the anthology. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles, which originally used a soundtrack composed by Michael Jackson, does not have this score in the remastered game. The replacement tracks also drew criticism from longtime fans.