On June 23, SEGA released Sonic Origins, a Collection for PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and Switch with remastered four great video games dedicated to the blue hedgehog: Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD, and Sonic 3 & Knuckles. The game received a good reception from the public and the specialized press, but as the hours went by, various criticisms began to arise due to bugs and optimization problems. Simon Thomley, the founder of the outsourcing firm Headcannon Games, publicly apologized on Twitter for the state of the game, saying he was “dissatisfied” and suggesting that SEGA take his share of the blame.
“This is all incredibly frustrating,” Thomley wrote in a long Twitter thread, “I don’t want to lie by saying that there was no problem with what we delivered to SEGA, but what you see in Sonic Origins .it’s not what we sent to the company. The integration of the games into the Collection has led to the appearance of some absurd bugs that logically may seem like our fault, but many are not. […] We knew it would take a crunch to make this project happen, and we bothered to work hard to keep the deadlines and allow the game to come out on time. […] I can take responsibility for my team’s mistakes, and there have been some. Some mistakes, oversights, hastily solved problems, and things we noticed and could not correct. We asked to make a patch before delivery, but it wasn’t possible, we asked to postpone the release, but we were told no. We’ve also asked to work on post-launch patches and haven’t been told anything yet.
Thomley’s stance is quite tough, probably due to the pressure suffered by his small team, who were approached to work on remasters of some old games and eventually found themselves making a Collection that would have taken more time and time. Attention. In a separate tweet, Thomley explained that he does not want to “fight SEGA” and that in the future, his team could also return to collaborate with the company under certain conditions. However, given recent events, he is unsure if SEGA is still interested in collaborating.