Update: Based on the footage used in the trailer (above), fans were initially sceptical that Sonic 3 would be widescreen in this new collection. It has now been confirmed by Katie MiniKitty, social media and influencer manager for Sonic, that the game will be 16:9. Phew!

During today's Sonic Central stream we had confirmation of another recent rumour regarding a collection of classic Sonic games — yep, Sonic Origins is coming to "the latest platforms" in 2022.

We're kinda assuming that includes the Nintendo Switch family of systems, although Sega was weirdly non-specific when it came to mentioning platforms. In fact, details were somewhat thin on the ground, but what was mentioned will surely excite fans of the hedgehog's 2D classics.

While it apparently doesn't include as much content as the Sonic Mega Collection of the GameCube / PS2 / Xbox era, the upcoming collection — releasing "next year" (hey, we said they were vague on specifics!) — will include the following 2D pixel-filled Sonic games: Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic CD.

That's a package with a heck of a lot of classic Sonic goodness! The segment mentioned "added content and features", too, with more information to come later in the year. While it hasn't been confirmed, we can only hope that these new releases will be built using the revamped engine of Christian 'Taxman' Whitehead (the main developer behind the excellent retro revival Sonic Mania). It would certainly make those "added features" easier to implement.

Sonic 3 is a notable inclusion here simply because the game has reportedly fallen foul of music rights issues in recent years, so SEGA has either updated its soundtrack to resolve any lingering issues on that front or found some other solution. Either way, we're happy to see Sonic 3 return.

& Knuckles, of course.

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