Yuji Naka Seemingly Confirms Michael Jackson’s Involvement With Sonic 3’s Soundtrack

Sonic Origins is releasing today, and those who dig into Sonic 3 will notice that some of its songs have changed. Launch Base, Ice Cap and Carnival Night Zones all feature new tracks, presumably due to Michael Jackson’s famously speculated contributions to the development of the original score. Discussing the late King of Pop’s involvement in Sonic 3 has always been taboo at Sega, but one of Sonic’s key creators has seemingly broken that golden rule.

According to legend, Sega hired Michael Jackson, a Sonic fan who had previously worked with Sega on Moonwalker, to compose music for Sonic 3. The extent of Jackson’s involvement varies by source, but after completing a few tracks, Sega scrapped or reworked his work in the wake of Jackson’s 1993 child molestation allegations and distanced himself from the artist. Jackson was never officially credited for his work and Sega has since been very sensitive about confirming his involvement in Sonic 3, though it’s something of an open secret. Michael’s involvement has also been credited as a major reason why Sonic 3 was not re-released nearly as often as the other Genesis-era Sonic titles due to licensing issues with Jackson’s estate.

Crush 40 composer and founder Jun Senoue worked on some of Sonic 3’s other songs, and Sonic Origins replaces the Jackson-credited music with songs recreated by Senoue that appeared in the prototype/PC versions of the game. Today, Yuji Naka, one of the main creators behind the franchise, has got to work Twitter to express his surprise and displeasure at Sega replacing Sonic 3’s music in the Origins collection and confirming years of speculation by referring directly to Michael Jackson by writing:

“Oh my god, the music for Sonic 3 has changed, even though SEGA Official uses Michael Jackson’s music.”

While several sources who worked on Sonic 3 have occasionally referenced Jackson’s contributions to the soundtrack in one way or another, the details have always been a bit vague, so it’s quite a surprise to hear Naka confirm this directly. Sega has traditionally forbidden employees from mentioning Sonic 3’s connection to Jackson, and Naka hasn’t spoken out about it until now, despite leaving Sega years ago. Naka recently worked with Square Enix to develop Balan Wonderworld before controversially leaving that company.

For more information on Sonic Origins, check out our review here.

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