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Sonic Forces - Moment of Truth

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.

Sonic Forces - Stress Test

In Chapter 2, "Stress Test", Knuckles and Silver are confronted by a dangerous old foe.

Sonic Forces - Looming Shadow

In chapter 3, "Looming Shadow", Team Dark’s mission does not go as planned.

Sonic Forces - Rise of Infinite

In chapter 4, "Rise of Infinite", Eggman discovers a mysterious red gem with even more mysterious powers.

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Dreamcast Sales Remain Red Hot!

The sales figures which have been mounting over the last few weeks are proof that the Dreamcast is a success in the United States. Mr. Moore, the Senior Vice President of Marketing at SOA stated recently that the public has already purchased exactly 750,862 units as of October 31. What does this mean? For Sega, it means great things, and greater possibilities. As we hinted at in an earlier article, the company has officially redrawn its sales expection for 1999 and increased it by 50%. Originally the company hoped to move one million units by the Christmas Holiday frenzy. Now that figure has sky-rocketed to 1,500,000!

Sega has not stopped there. Mr. Moore continues to go into detail, regarding the company's long-term forecast. While these figures can be somewhat ambiguous since no one can predict what problems may arise in the future, if Dreamcast continues to sell at these rates, we can expect to see these kind of numbers. In March 2000, the company hopes to sell through two million units, and then through price-slashing, network gaming, and heavy marketing, hope to achieve the amazing six million units mark by March 2001! "We feel there will be a great window of opportunity for the next eight to 10 months," said Mr. Moore at a recent investment conference. How does Sega hope to take advantage of this momentum? By the end of next year, SOA hopes to have ten to tweleve network games which can be played against anyone else on the planet. This will make Dreamcast the only console in North America to offer such options for gamers; leverage over Playstation 2 which will not take advantage of networks for it's first year. Sega also hopes to employ "highly competitive price points for hardware and software" in the words of Mr. Moore, to under-cut future hardware releases from their rivals Sony and Nintendo.

Source: Sega X

Petition Petition - Who's Got The Petition

In the wake of the Archie Knuckles cancellation, Sonic fans all from all over have gotten together to create a petition to try and help save the book and convince Archie that cancelling it was indeed a mistake - especially after the release of Sonic Adventure, a guaranteed sales booster. Headed by True Red - the "Save Our Knuckles" campaign" has just started and she needs as many signatures as she can to try and help save the book.

If you wish to try and bring back the Knuckles comic, click on any of the two banners below. Also feel free to use the banners on your website if you support the cause! Good luck Knuckles fans!

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In other news - we're announcing one last time that there is also the SatAM petition that is still going on as well, for those that wish to save the original Sonic cartoon.


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Thanks! And good luck Sonic fans!

Ken Penders To Post K2YL Preview?

Knuckles: 20 Years later is probaly the most anticipated Archie Sonic comic of 2000 aside from Sonic #100 and for good reason - supposedly not only is Knuckles supposed to have a daughter "Lara-Su", but this is considered to be the true sequel to the very first Super Special: Sonic: In Your Face - which featured one of the alternate futures where Sonic and Sally have two children.

Here's what Mr. Penders said in an e-mail sent to sonic fan sonic fan T2:

"I'm in the process of coloring the first few pages from the special, and I hope to have a sneak preview of K:20YL on my website later this month."

And when asked if Lara-Su will be shown in the preview: "You may or may not see her in the sneak preview. I haven't decided."

Ah well - at least we can FINALLY get to see a K:20YL sneak preview! Stick to Sonic HQ and we'll be sure to post whatever we can on the subject!

Upcoming Sonic Adventure Online Contests From Sega!

The Dreamcast has brought a lot of new experiences to the console community, one of those being a stable gaming network. Saturn and even Genesis attempted to link gamers on the internet, but our beloved 128-bit box has been the most successful incarnation yet. Some of the new additions to the on-line family from Sega happens to be the "Sonic World Rankings" contest, the Sonic 2K competition, and special downloadable add-ons for special occasions like the Halloween "Tremble Park" from a few days ago.

Charles Bellfield, director of marketing communications at SOA has this to say about our hedgehogs foray into the Net, "Sega's plan is to continue to phase in online gameplay elements, giving consumers new experiences never seen before on a console. Sonic Adventure' is the first of many games that will be given additional `arms and legs' through the Internet."

Want to know more about these competitions? The Sonic World Rankings is a forum for gamers to compare their best times and scores for Sonic Adventure against other top speeders from around the world. Each will be broken down by section and particular character with gamers tasked to head out, play, and procure the best possible package of points. All the details can be found at the Sonic homepage, but if you haven't already gotten on board with the competition, you better hurry considering that it opened last month, October 15th.

The next competition, co-sponsored by AT&T is the Sonic 2K contest. Collaborating with Sega's official Dreamcast Magazine, gamers will download special levels of the game and compete against others for prizes. Most of these courses are visually revamped levels, usually containing a few more cosmetic upgrades to keep the competitions fresh. Prizes vary, but include a free year of internet access through AT&T WorldNet as well as Dreamcast merchandise including game copies. Like the Sonic World Rankings, the Sonic 2K competition started October 15th, but will only run till January 14, 2000 as a series of three, three week contests.

For now, crank up the on-line options of your Dreamcast and check out all the information regarding these two contests. We'll let you know of any announcements that pour out of Sega regarding their plans to put our happy hedgehog and beloved box to good use on the World Wide Web...

Source: Sega X

Breaking News - Nigel Kitching Is Back! Fleetway Comics Gets A New Editor!

Once upon a time, the Fleetway comics were the best thing on the market the UK had Sonic wise as far as comics go. But it slowly became more and more depressing, sinking into an endless rut of reprints, one new story per issue, and sinking into a directional rut. Then came the corker as Nigel Kitching, one of the best writers for STC left the comic. Well now it can finally be told as Mr. Kitching made the announcement yesterday that he is back as writer on Fleetway's Sonic The Comic! This is from what was stated: "I'm back on Sonic The Comic. I start with issue 175 and have had a synopsis for a ten issue run approved by the new editor Andy Diggle. My ten issue run will incorporate characters and ideas from the new game." First of all its great to see Mr. Kitching back - especially returning at the crux of the 175th issue of the comic (quite a feat) and focusing on new stories with a fresh perspective! He made a LOT of STC what it is as far as plot, storylines, and characters go. Nigel Kitching also disclosed a few other things - most notably: Andy Diggle, assistant editor of 2000AD and editor of The Judge Dredd Megazine in the UK (two more mature comics) is new editor to replace Deborah Tate. How Super Sonic and Chaos will fit in (because of the current situation Super Sonic was left in during the role of the book) is unknown.

To find out more on Nigel Kitching, check out our latest interview with him here. Congratulations Mr. Kitching and congratulations Sonic Fleetway fans! You finally got your wish.

The Sega Dreamstation ???

From the "completely out of left field department":

Now available in stores is the DreamStation, a cool little Playstation -> Dreamcast joystick adaptor which enables you to use your Playstation Dual Shock controllers on the Dreamcast, all the Dreamcast force feedback vibration functions are supported. Almost too cool considering that from what I've heard - theres a lot of supposed force feedback on Sonic Adventure. ^_^

Source: Sega X

SonicNEXT Grand Opening!

A new Sonic site has opened on the net - a collaboration of Zifei Wu, founder of Sonic HQ, current members Vector, Tristan (also the webmaster of The Super Sonic Zone), and Fishboy (also the webmaster of Sonic Sages), former HQer Knux Lee, and Neo Green Hill Zone founder and webmaster Green Gibbon! Also on the staff are Mattew McClain and Matt Smith. Our slogan is "Are You Game?"

SonicNEXT - Are You Game?

Sonic Comics: Royalty Blues

Sonic fan Brian Sapinski takes a look at current developments and decisions in the comic concerning Princess Sally.