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Sonic creator confirms Michael Jackson's long-rumoured involvement in Sonic 3

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One of gaming's longest-running rumours has finally been put to bed. Sonic creator Yuji Naka today confirmed that yes, moonwalking music icon Michael Jackson did, in fact, compose the soundtrack to Sonic 3—and that's probably why Sega seems to have replaced a bunch of Sonic 3's bangers inside of Sonic Origins(opens in new tab), a remastered collection of the first three games released today.

Tweeting earlier today, Naka expressed surprise at Origins' soundtrack changing out several tunes, including Carnival Night Zone.

Going by the replies, his note of Sega Official using Jackson's music appears to stem from an official TikTok using Billie Jean(opens in new tab) in a promotion celebrating Sonic's 31st birthday.

Oh my god, the music for Sonic 3 has changed, even though SEGA Official uses Michael Jackson's music.June 23, 2022 Shortly after confirming Jackson's involvement, Naka brought forward further proof by sharing a picture he took while on a helicoptor tour of the singer's Neverland Ranch.

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