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Archive for May, 2017

Merchandise: New Additions

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

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A fresh batch of new entries have been added to the various sub-categories in our Merchandise section. See below for full details of what has been added:

– Sonic Boom Season 1 Volume 2 DVD added to Home Video section
Galaxy Force II & Thunder Blade vinyl added to Music section
– Sonic Boom Sonic & Hoverboard Stand figure added to Models & Figurines section
– Sonic Boom Dr. Eggman & Ripcord Eggmobile figure added to Models & Figurines section
– Sonic Boom Motobug figure added to Models & Figurines section
– MegaTech issue 15 added to Magazine Scans section

Digital Pre-Orders for Sonic Mania Now Open, Release Date Revealed

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

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Sonic Mania is now available to pre-order digitally across Steam, the Microsoft Store and PSN for £15.99 and the game will unlock on August 15th 2017.

There are various perks available for pre-ordering across the 2 of the platforms. Steam are offering 10% off any pre-orders for a limited time, while PSN pre-orders come with 6 avatars and 3 dashboard themes. The avatars and themes unlock at launch along with the game itself. The Microsoft Store currently offers no additional pre-order perks at this time.

There is also a gorgeous new trailer full of hand-drawn animated sequences by Tyson Hesse and it also includes the reveal of Stardust Speedway (past) as a new stage. Check it out:

[Source: Steam, PSN & Microsoft Store]

Sonic Forces’ 3rd Playable Character is a Custom Hero You Can Create

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

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In one of the most self-aware moves I’ve ever seen from SEGA, Sonic Forces will include a customisable character that you can create. This custom character is the third playable character option that was teased for inclusion in Sonic Forces and they come with additional abilities that include a grappling hook and a flamethrower.

The customisable character will have 7 species for you to build your character from and each of them has specific extra abilities. The 7 species are listed below:

Rabbit — Has longer invincible time after receiving damage
Wolf — Automatically draws in rings when near them
Cat — Keeps one ring after being hit
Dog — Restarts with five rings after the player dies
Bear — Blows away enemies with a homing attack
Bird — Flies high with double jump abilities
Hedgehog — Collects rings when getting damaged

You can check out the first footage of the customer character in action via the trailer below:

We also get an extended look at the custom character in action in the dilapidated city stage which is now officially known as Park Avenue. Check it out below:

[Source: The Sonic Stadium]

Video Spotlight: New Sonic Mania Footage Showcases Knuckles in Action in the Flying Battery Zone

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

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The official Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube channel has uploaded some new footage of Sonic Mania which showcases Knuckles doing his thing in the new version of Flying Battery Zone.

There’s lots of nods to the original stage layout from Sonic & Knuckles as well as entirely new areas to explore. Check out the new footage via the embed below:

Sonic Mania launches on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch later this year.

Vanquish to Launch on PC May 25th

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

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Platinum Games’ over-the-top, third person shooter Vanquish will launch on PC on May the 25th. This new port comes with enhancements like an uncapped framerate and support for 4K displays.

Pre-ordering on Steam also gives you access to a Digital Deluxe Edition that includes a digital art book, a downloadable sample soundtrack, avatars and wallpapers. Owners of the recently released PC version of Bayonetta are also entitled to 25% off when they purchase Vanquish. Check out the announcement trailer below:

New Details on Cancelled ‘Sonic Extreme’ Game Surface; Developers Claim SEGA Used Its Concept For Sonic Riders

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

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In a new video from Unseen 64 and Did You Know Gaming?, former Vision Scape Interactive developer Matt McDonald claims that their Sonic Extreme tech demo, which was pitched to SEGA as a new Sonic skateboarding title, was in fact stolen by SEGA and used for the basis for the Sonic Riders franchise.

The demo predates Sonic Riders and was discovered by a private collector who obtained the Xbox dev kits that contained the original demo used for Vision Scape’s pitch. McDonald recounts a story where he pitched the game to Yuji Naka himself who was allegedly impressed by the demo and even went as far as to green-light the development of the game if Vision Scape could produce a design document for the finished title.

SEGA then refused to maintain communication with Vision Scape, who had only been hired to work on the animated cut-scenes for Sonic Heroes. After Vision Scape completed the cut-scenes, their contract with SEGA ended and the development of Sonic Extreme never progressed. It is during this time that McDonald claims SEGA held onto the idea and developed it further in-house to create Sonic Riders.

Vision Scape had signed a non disclosure agreement with SEGA during their time working on the Sonic Heroes cut-scenes that said that any material they pitched to the company would become an intellectual property of SEGA, so sadly McDonald can’t legally press charges against SEGA. You can check out the rather fascinating video on this discovery by clicking the embed below:

[Source: The Sonic Stadium]

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