Microsoft Windows 7 compatibility page uncovered
Sonic the Hedgehog used to have a fairly robust PC game selection. With PC ports of Sonic Adventure DX, Sonic Heroes, Sonic Mega Collection, and Sonic Riders, it seemed like the blue blur had found a home on the personal computer. That changed when a purported PC version of Sonic 2006 was internally canceled – if it ever existed at all, despite a “Coming Soon to PC” advertisement appearing in the PC version of Sonic Riders. This began a trend that has seen games like Sonic Unleashed and Sonic 4 stay in the living room.
Things may have been different, however, as a Sonic Retro forum post points out a Microsoft support page suggesting the existence of a PC version of Sonic Riders Zero Gravity was in the works at one point, and may even still be slated for release. The page is part of a compatibility database maintained by Microsoft to determine how well PC software will run on the latest iteration of their popular operating system. A little bit of digging suggests that Sega themselves would have to submit the software to Microsoft for compatibility evaluation, meaning at one point somebody at the corporation had to have played Sonic Riders ZG on a Windows 7 PC to verify its functionality. It’s also unlikely to be a mix-up, given that the original PC release of Sonic Riders was given its own separate entry in the database.
The mystery is in determining when this listing first appeared. Microsoft does not publish that sort of information on the compatibility database, and Sega.com makes no mention of a PC version of Zero Gravity, past, present or future. It’s also been over two years since Zero Gravity saw release on the Playstation 2 and Wii, making a PC port at this point in time seem unlikely. At most, PC ports of other Sonic games were separated by a period of 6-9 months, not 2-3 years, and with the Kinect-powered Sonic Free Riders seeing release not even a month ago, re-releasing a two year old entry in that franchise on the PC would be an odd move. On the other hand, Windows 7 didn’t launch until October 2009 – meaning any entries made to the compatibility database for a PC version of Sonic Riders ZG could be a year old or less.
Though it’s likely from a PC version of Zero Gravity that will probably never see the light of day, we’ll keep you posted on further developments.