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Sonic Colors: Ultimate
Sonic Colors: Ultimate cover
Original game Sonic Team
Remastered Blind Squirrel Games
Hedgehog Engine[1]
Release dates
Windows September 7, 2021
OpenCritic 74
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform
Series Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic Colors: Ultimate on HowLongToBeat
Sonic Colors: Ultimate on IGDB
Sonic Colors: Ultimate guide on StrategyWiki
Sonic Colors: Ultimate on MobyGames
Sonic Colors: Ultimate on Wikipedia
Sonic the Hedgehog fangames (series)
Sonic CD 1995
Sonic's Schoolhouse 1996
Sonic 3D Blast 1997
Sonic & Knuckles Collection 1997
Sonic R 1998
Sonic R (2004) 2004
Sonic Adventure (series)
Sonic Heroes 2004
Sonic Mega Collection Plus 2006
Sonic Riders 2006
Sonic Racing (series)
Sonic 3D Blast (Genesis) 2010
Sonic the Hedgehog 2010
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine 2010
Sonic Spinball 2010
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 2011
Sonic 3 & Knuckles 2011
Sonic Generations 2011
Sonic CD (2012) 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II 2012
Sonic Dash 2014
Sonic Lost World 2015
Sonic Mania 2017
Sonic Forces 2017
Sonic the Hedgehog (Mobile Decompilation) 2021
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Mobile Decompilation) 2021
Sonic Colors: Ultimate 2021
Sonic Origins 2022
Sonic Frontiers 2022

Sonic Colors: Ultimate, also known as Sonic Colours: Ultimate in the PAL region, is a singleplayer game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series and an HD remaster of the Wii game, Sonic Colors.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Digital Deluxe Edition also available. Playable offline.[2]
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Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
All versions require Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Sonic Colors\app_userdata\Sonic Colors- Ultimate\savedData
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2055290/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Sonic Colors\app_userdata\Sonic Colors- Ultimate\savedData
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2055290/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
Sometimes when saving to the cloud the save game will NOT be restored when switching computers or deleting the save file.
Steam Cloud


Video options
Video options

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Game is locked to 16:9 normally. See Ultra-widescreen for a workaround.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
1x MSAA.[3]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 144 FPS. Some gameplay elements such as Sonic's jump height and the turn angle of the Drill Wisp are dependent on frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


Edit Sonic Colors - Ultimate.exe with a hex editor
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\SonicColorsUltimate\rainbow Shipping and open Sonic Colors - Ultimate.exe in a hex editor, such as HxD.
  2. Search and replace both instances of 39 8E E3 3F for 8E E3 18 40.

This is for 21:9, might work for other aspect ratios by replacing 8E E3 18 40 for the correct hex for your aspect ratio found from the WSGF's Common Hex Values but haven't tested. UI seems fine but cutscenes are stretched.


Control options
Control options


Audio options
Audio options

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Issues Unresolved


Game may stutter when played on a slow hard disk or USB drive. Upgrading to an SSD fixes the issue.
Contrary to popular belief, Denuvo is not to blame for such stuttering, as this issue can also occur on console versions with slow drives. [4]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX [5]
Audio Criware [6]
Cutscenes Criware [6]

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-6600
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 26.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti
AMD Radeon HD 7790
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/2055290/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (2055290) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Colours: Ultimate Tech Review - - last accessed on 2022-12-12
    "When you fire up the remaster for the first time, you're presented with a logo trumpeting the use of the Blind Squirrel Engine but what does this mean? Well, according to 'Skyth', who did some digging into the game files, it still uses the original C++ code and the Hedgehog Engine but the graphics backend is handled by the Godot Engine. Godot is completely free and open-source under the very permissive MIT license."
  2. Verified by User:Clya9001 on 2022-08-22
    Game looks for Denuvo offline token only when offline.
  3. Verified by User:Fds29 on 2022-12-10
    Checked by examining video settings through the debug menu.
  4. Verified by User:Clya9001 on 2022-08-19
    Tested with both external hard drive and SSD. The game doesn't stutter when using SSD but stutters when using the external hard drive. See for an example of stuttering on the PS4 version. Video by The-Buzz-Show.
  5. Verified by User:Fds29 on 2022-12-10
    Seen in the credits (as Nvidia GameWorks). PhysX libraries are present in the game's executable folder.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Verified by User:Fds29 on 2022-12-10
    Seen in the credits. Examined the files in PCCriPak.cpk.