It seems like only yesterday that we reported on Sega’s apparent plans to ‘aggressively monetize’ their future games (when it was actually two days ago). It looks like we didn’t have to wait long for that plan to come into play, as yesterday Sega released a bewildering DLC graphic for the upcoming Sonic Origins collection – which contains remastered versions of Sonic The Hedgehog 1,2, 3 & Knuckles and CD of the Sonic.
There was a bit of backlash to the graphic, which showed various content blocked by bizarre things like menu animations, mailbox backgrounds, and the most notoriously “difficult missions” behind the paid DLC. That’s still the case, but at least now the graph is clearer and shows that the Start Dash Pack comes as free DLC with pre-orders of the game.
This Start Dash Pack isn’t exactly great, as it’s making you pre-order the game for content that actually feels like it’s accessible from the get-go. The Start Dash Pack contains letterbox background, Mirror Mode and 100 Bonus Coins. So does this mean that those who don’t pre-order will never be able to play the game in Mirror Mode, or (more likely) that it will unlock using in-game currency or as paid DLC in the future?
Even if you order the Standard Edition, you still won’t have access to ‘Hard Quests’. For those you’ll need the Premium Fun Pack, which comes with other ‘fun’ stuff like “main menu character animations” and (joy of joys) “camera controls over main menu islands”.
It’s worth noting that developer Headcannon, who made the excellent Sonic Mania and helped develop this collection, was not involved in the DLC mess. they tweeted yesterday: “Of the remade Sonic the Hedgehog games, Headcannon previously helped pre-production on SCD, co-developed S1 and S2, and now, developed a similarly enhanced S3&K! Sonic Origins and its integration and presentation of these games is created and curated separately by Sega.”