Interview Reveals No Plans for S3&K SEGA AGES Treatment

Interview Reveals No Plans for S3&K SEGA AGES Treatment

by February 12, 2020

First thing Wednesday morning in Japan, the website Game Watch published a lengthy interview with Sega’s Yosuke Okunari and M2’s Naoki Horii about the upcoming SEGA AGES remaster of Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

But it’s not worth burying the lede – the interview confirms there are no plans at this point to give the beloved duo of Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles the same treatment. The two interviewees claim any future plans will largely depend on whether a second wave of SEGA AGES titles is commissioned for the Switch, but more astute observers will be able to point to the games’ precarious legal situation surrounding Sonic 3’s music, largely believed to be fronted by the late Michael Jackson.

The interview does reveal an interesting fact behind the function of Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, a feature coming to the AGES remaster. Okunari and Horii allege the original lock-on method was only possible because all the game code was written onto the original S&K cartridge:

No mention was made in the interview about the mobile remaster of Sonic 2 developed by Taxman and Stealth, which will not be reflected in the upcoming release.