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Michael Jackson’s involvement with Sonic the Hedgehog 3: A Reflection by Roger Hector

Roger Hector, the former director of SEGA Technical Institute, has shared his perspective on Michael Jackson's role in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Hector, who is also credited as the executive coordinator for the game, shed light on the uncertainty surrounding Jackson's contributions.

In an interview with Retro Gamer, Hector discussed how Jackson's love for the Sonic games led to his involvement with Sonic 3. He recalled receiving a call from one of Jackson's representatives, expressing the singer's desire to visit SEGA and meet the creators of the game. Jackson's enthusiasm for Sonic was palpable, and he even agreed to write the music for the next installment.

However, as child sexual abuse allegations against Jackson surfaced in the media, SEGA of Japan made the decision to remove his music from the game. Hector revealed that there was already a complete score by Jackson, which had to be replaced at the last minute with the help of composer Howard Drossin. Drossin managed to recreate the audio for Sonic 3 within a tight deadline of a week and a half.

Although Hector's account aligns with the claims made by other individuals involved in the game's development, the controversy surrounding Jackson's contribution to Sonic 3 has been a subject of ongoing debate among fans and industry insiders.

Today, players can experience Sonic 3 & Knuckles, along with other classic Sonic games, through Sonic Origins on the Nintendo Switch. The collection also includes the “Plus” expansion, featuring twelve Sonic Game Gear titles.

Updated Title: Michael Jackson's Involvement with Sonic the Hedgehog 3: A Reflection by Roger Hector