It looks like the studio behind Sonic Mania has assisted Sega with Sonic Origins. Headcannon, the developer of Sonic Mania officially confirmed its involvement in a tweet yesterday. Interestingly, the team seems to only have helped re-create Sonic 3 & Knuckles for the collection. It’s also worth mentioning that it has worked on other Sonic installments in the past. Headcannon performed the pre-production of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Sonic CD.
The announcement of Sonic Origins yesterday still has fans giddy with excitement. To be fair, the idea of playing classic Sonic titles with a 16:9 facelift does make revisiting them more enticing. There was, however, some confusion and backlash regarding the game’s multi-tier DLC structure, which left many scratching their heads. But the news of Headcannon’s involvement in Sonic Origins may bring some enthusiasm back to the fanbase.
The team behind Sonic Mania is back
Headcannon’s tweet also makes sure to clarify that “Sonic Origins and its integration and presentation of these games is separately created and curated by Sega.” So it seems like Headcannon led the development on Sonic 3 & Knuckles, but the rest of the titles in the collection were handled by Sega itself. As mentioned before, the studio did previously work on the other titles as well, but didn’t touch them here.
This completes the official "Remastering" of the mainline classics and marks our fourth time out with #SonictheHedgehog!
— Headcannon (@Head_cannon) April 20, 2022
Many consider Sonic Mania to be one of the best games in the franchise. This could likely be due to the passion of Headcannon’s team, made up of Sonic fans first and foremost. So it isn’t necessarily surprising to see Sega bring the team back for Sonic Origins.
Sonic Origins releases later this year on June 23 for PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. And it just so happens to be the 30th anniversary of the original game. Plus, it’s certain to introduce many new Sonic fans after the recent success of the film.