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Sonic 3D Blast Director's Cut (Beta) now out

GameHut AKA Jon Burton, founder of Traveller's Tales, has released his patch to Sonic 3D Blast for the Sega Genesis. Details can be found on Sonic Hacking.

This update includes lots of new features including a new map screen, Super Sonic, time challenge mode (you can skip collecting flickies and go straight to the exit) and more! Video below.

Amazon’s Retro Zone Partners with Twitch Influencers to Host Retro Game Streams and Giveaways

Amazon’s Retro Zone is partnering with four popular Twitch streamers Nov. 14-15 to stream retro games that are available on the Amazon Appstore and compete in speed runs against viewers. Fans who post the fastest speed runs of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 or Metal Slug on each of the streamer’s Twitch pages, linked below, will have the chance to win one of four Fire HD 8 tablets, plus those who visit Retro Zone before November 15 at 11:59 p.m. PST can enter for a chance to win one of four SEGA Flashback Consoles.

Below are the streamers who will be participating:

 

Sonic rewards available on My Nintendo

Celebrating the imminent launch of Sonic Forces, various Sonic items have launched on Nintendo's rewards program, My Nintendo. Along with 50%-off discounts for various Sonic games on 3DS and Wii U (including the excellent 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2), three other rewards of note are included:

The 3DS theme in particular is only available until the 16th, so grab it while you can!

Eurogamer Interviews Nakamura

Eurogamer has conducted an interview with Nakamura on Forces, Mania, and the Future of Sonic. We’ve summarized a few key points but there is much more in the full article at the link below.

 

  • He's not surprised by Mania's success because he knows "people like 2D games because they're easy to get in to".
  • It was interesting to see Mania get the reception it got.
  • "From the team's perspective, we're still going to be making 3D games for the audience that likes that style of Sonic - when we see the reactions that Mania got, the entire team sat down and thought it was really interesting, and we should break down what people liked about Mania, and in the future - when we build our 3D games - see what essence we can take from Sonic Mania and put into a 3D world, to give people what they're looking for and that they've found in Sonic Mania."
  • Forces started many years before Mania.
  • Iizuka was the only one from Sonic Team really involved in Mania. However, he was feeding back to Sonic Team telling them to include things from Mania in Forces (like the Drop Dash, I guess?).
  • The Avatar is aimed at engaging kids, and Forces as a whole is targeted at the modern/younger audience.
  • "From a reverse standpoint, we wanted to reintroduce classic Sonic to fans of the modern games - and maybe bring our group of very divided fans together."
  • Shadow is there in the story and playable  in Forces to appeal to the Adventure fans.

 

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-10-23-sonic-mania-and-its-impact-on-the-future-of-the-sonic-series

Welcome to Sonic HQ Version 8

The site might look a little different to you today. This is because we thought it might be time to give it a massive UI overhaul. As you can see it gets a lot of cues from Sonic Mania.

You can toggle the comics listing on the main page by clicking the 2 column icon in the top blue bar. (Looks like this)

The comics section now allows for the future offerings from IDW. Placeholders for now. The Sonic Forces comic will also now appear there as well under "Other"

We also now officially have a new forum! Sonic Blast! This replaces the half baked forum that was here before. (The one at sonichq.net/forum). The old school Mobius Forum, still exists however. It was recently moved from Yuku to Tapatalk but there's very little activity there. (Or Ezboard -> Yuku -> Tapatalk if you haven't been keeping track.)

There may still be some bugs. They will get squashed.

Sega releases Sonic Forces comic as prelude to the game

Looks like we are getting a Sonic Forces comic after what seemed like a joke at the town hall earlier this week. Starting today, we'll be getting a 4 part digital comic series leading up to the release of Sonic Forces. Ian Flynn is also writing it! It's also free!

Today, SEGA® released the first chapter of a new Sonic the Hedgehog™ digital comic series that is based on the highly-anticipated video game, Sonic Forces™. The four-part comic series is scripted by fan-favorite writer, Ian Flynn, and serves as a prequel to the video game counterpart. Chapter 1 titled “Moment of Truth” features Sonic Forces’ Custom Hero Character and the Chaotix as they prepare for battle against Dr. Eggman’s sinister robot army.

Chapter 2 should be released later this month.

A look at Sonic 3D Blast's built in level editor

When you don't like the tools that's there, what do you do?

Build your own!

As revealed by GameHut on YouTube, Director of Traveller's Tales for 29 years, we're treated to how levels were contrued using the game's built in editor.

It's likely you're only able to use this in a beta version of the game.

Ian Flynn returns to write for IDW Sonic comic

IDW hosted a town hall today at the panel and they announced that Ian Flynn will be reprising his role as the writer for IDW's Sonic series. Many people attending asked about if certain characters would return or be featured (including the freedom fighters) to which they were not able to answer and to stay tuned. Sonic Megadrive and the other unreleased Archie Sonic comics will not be released. They weren't able to elaborate. Emphasis was placed more on the future stories they will have and that great story telling is priority.

Some other tidbits:

  • They will restart the numbering at issue 1
  • Issue 1 will release April 4 2018
  • Issue 2: April 11 2018
  • Issue 3: April 18 2018
  • Issue 4: April 25 2018
  • The comic will then become a monthly series thereafter
  • Promotional art done by Tyson Hesse was also shown.

IDW's blog post

Ian Flynn also tweeted, continuing his #knowingsmile saying that more was still to come this week.

Special thanks to TSSZ for streaming the event! Have a lot of thoughts about this? Please feel free to discuss at our forums!

Sonic Forces Details in Famitsu Interview

SEGA has published a batch of new information on Sonic Forces that introduces more details to Wispon(the weapon gadget powered by Wisps), which is used by the player-created Avatar. Japanese magazine Famitsu also has a new interview with Sonic Forces producer Shun Nakamura and Sonic series producer Takashi Iizuka, which gives more insight to the game’s storyline and music. The interview has now been translated, click to read the full interview!