I’ve heard of “timed exclusivity,” but seven years is a little overkill, isn’t it? Ah well, better late than never!
Sonic Generations finally hit Xbox One backward compatibility last week—with the added bonus of Xbox One X enhancements—and now it seems fans who hadn’t preordered the game on Xbox 360 seven years ago (or who don’t own it on Steam) can finally enjoy the complete experience at no additional charge.
The “Casino Nights Zone” DLC, a pinball table-themed side attraction to the main adventure inspired from the original Sonic the Hedgehog 2 stage, is now available to everyone as a free download on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The extra level was originally released as a preorder bonus for home consoles, but has never seen the light of day on Xbox Live Marketplace or PlayStation Store past the game’s original launch—until today in Microsoft’s case with Generations‘ Xbox One rerelease.
With that said, that still leaves PlayStation 3 owners of the game in the dark, as no word of Casino Nights’ relaunch has turned up Sony-side as of yet.
So either SEGA is starting to check off my personal wishlist piece by piece, or they’re… well, okay, they’re just exercising common sense at this point.
Special thanks to @CrossForte on Twitter for the tip!