If there’s one long-lost game that fans are itching to have a chance to officially play, it’s 1993’s SEGASonic the Hedgehog. Well, according to a recent interview, SEGA might consider reviving the title as part of a future SEGA AGES lineup.
While it was made clear that no more Sonic the Hedgehog are currently being worked on for the M2-developed retro revival series, SEGA’s Yosuke Okunari – who has produced and supervised a number of SEGA AGES titles – name-checked SEGASonic the Hedgehog as an interesting candidate for a future release.
Asked whether titles such as Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles or SEGASonic the Hedgehog would ever be included in SEGA AGES, Okunari said that there wasn’t any set plans, but if the current run of AGES titles are determined to be a success, it’s something the team would consider.
“When we began work on SEGA Ages for the Nintendo Switch, the amount of titles in development were limited, so we decided on a lineup that consisted of the first two entries in the Puyo Puyo and Sonic series,” Okunari told Japanese site Game Watch.
“If this collection of SEGA Ages titles is successful, then I’d say we’d really like to consider releasing more in those series. The arcade game, SegaSonic the Hedgehog, has never been ported before…”
An official release of SEGASonic the Hedgehog would be an incredible curio for Sonic and general SEGA fans alike. Released in a limited state in Japan back in 1993, this wacky isometric arcade oddity never got past the test phase, and in the West, it was never officially released. A couple of enterprising arcade owners imported the cabinet to the US, but besides that your chances of seeing this game in the wild was close to zero.
Of course, this can only happen if people support SEGA AGES. It sounds like, if this initial wave is successful, M2 and SEGA aim to be pretty ambitious with the next slate of titles – remember when they said they’d be down for working on Dreamcast-released games? Here’s to keeping the dream alive!