What a way to break the news, huh? on twitter, Sonic the Hedgehog creator Yuuji Naka said the silent part out loud: Michael Jackson definitely wrote the music for the 1994 Sega Genesis game, Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Unfortunately, Naka followed up on confirming this long-held myth as fact with a bittersweet revelation: the tracks the king of pop was working on were replaced on the just-released album. Sonic Origins remastering from Sonic 3. Yes, it’s a bummer.
It has always been “allegedly” and “allegedly” that the problematic late pop musician was involved with Sonic 3. Jackson had a close relationship with Sega, eventually using his talents in games like Michael Jackson’s moon rover beat ’em ups and rhythm action Space Channel 5. Apparently, Jackson was hired at the time Sonic 3development for composing music, but left the project, presumably as a result 1993 child abuse allegations and has since gone uncredited. Of course Jackson composer and music director Brad Buxer spilled tea in 2009, stating that a possible reason for Jackson being uncredited was because “he didn’t like the resulting sound coming out of the console”. But now we have another line under the statement from Sonic the creator himself. You can’t get a clearer cut than this.
“Does Origin of Sonic Sonic 3 there is another song,” Naka asked in an interview on June 23. tweet. Then he answered this questionsaying “Oh my God, music for Sonic 3 changed even though Sega Official uses Michael Jacksto music.”
So which tracks were replaced in Sonic Originsupdated set of Sega, including first four Sonic platformerswhat were they replaced with? On June 21, GameXplain posted a great video that goes into detail, but TLDR is the music for the game’s three zones – Carnival Night, Ice Cap, and Launch Base. Sonic Origins‘ Sonic 3. Instead of funky, rhythmic, obviously Jackson cuts found in the original, what we get in this remaster are remixed versions of the songs used in the prototype game. The same prototype that became the 1997 PC port for Sonic 3 and Knuckles. It’s not that they’re bad. It’s just that they mostly sound like elevator music.
When Naka reached out for comment via private messages on Twitter, he simply sent Kotaku in below tweet without giving Any additional context or statement or anything.
Kotaku reached out to Naka and Sega for comment.
Here it is. Michael Jackson wrote music for Sonic 3. It’s a shame, because the tracks written by Jackson are not only the dance tunes he’s known for, but their colossal energy to match the frenetic pace of the game. But it’s also understandable that Sega might not want the game to be associated with such a sentimental musician, especially in light of 2019. Leaving Neverland documentary.