Yuji Naka confirms that Michael Jackson wrote the music for Sonic 3

It’s long been a gaming myth that Michael Jackson wrote music for Sonic the Hedgehog 3, sparking long-running rumors about which parts of the soundtrack he was involved in.

Now, Sonic creator Yuji Naka has confirmed that Michael Jackson did indeed write music for the game.

“Does Sonic Origins Sonic 3 have a different song?” he tweeted out of the blue. “Oh my god, the music for Sonic 3 has changed, even though Sega Official uses Michael Jackson’s music.”

It has been confirmed that Sonic Origins, the new Sonic game compilation, does not use the original soundtrack. This was suspected to be due to ongoing royalty speculation with Jackson’s estate.

Instead, the compilation uses new arrangements by composer Jun Senoue.

Creative lead Takashi Iizuka confirmed to Eurogamer: “When we go back and try to recreate all these games from over 30 years ago, you get a lot of old data that isn’t really usable. And the music was one of those things – we had to dig up the old DAT tapes in order to get the music that was on all these games, and Jun Senoue came in and had to recreate the music in a modern format that they could put on Sonic 3 and Knuckles in the final product.”

Naka even tweeted an image taken from Jackson’s home during the team’s visit. “It’s pretty faded,” he admits. “I miss it”.

Sega reportedly removed Jackson from Sonic 3 following child abuse allegations, although fans believe the music he composed remains in the original version of the game and was worked on by Jackson’s producers at the time. square.

Naka’s tweet is a major admission in this long-running rumor.