Sonic the Hedgehog 2 HD Remix May Become Reality

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Remember my post, “If Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Was in HD“? That image got salivary glands working overtime for old-school Sonic fans and turned into one of my most popular posts of all time. Now is turns out that a number of people in the Sonic homebrew community are working on bringing that vision to reality. Of course it is in the early stages at this point, but there are a number of established people involved already. (thanks to LewieP for the tip)

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Classic games such as Super Street Fighter II Turbo and Bionic Commando are already getting high-definition remakes. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is one of the best platformers of all time and is just as worth of the attention. Sega hasn’t stepped up in any way, so Sonic’s most hardcore fans are stepping up to bring us some Sonic HD goodness.

The Development Team So Far (Accepted proper official staff )

  • Blue Streak & Athelstone – General Project Coordinators
  • Death of Rats – Level and Zone art Coordnator
  • SANiK & Sm&k (I think) – Programmers
  • ScubaSteve – Music Coordinator
  • Vincent, Blue Streak, Drex, Master Emerald, Elratauru, Death of Rats & Sonica – HD Sprite Artists

Goals of the Project

As stated in their Project Summary post:
“The purpose of the S2HD project is to remaster Sega’s classic Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in high definition graphics, whilst at the same time precisely preserving the original gameplay. New features that were not present in the original will also be made available. The S2HD project is always searching for new talent to aid us in our endeavour to resurrect and improve a timeless gaming classic. All of those significantly involved with the S2HD project readily understand that the birth of this venture was entirely due to enthusiastic individuals showcasing their artistic talents in the Sonic community. Collaboration rather than competition and encouragement as opposed to derision are therefore our most central philosophies.

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Current Feature Aims

  • Remastered tiles, sprites and music
  • New graphical effects when collecting rings, skidding, spin dashing, dust being kicked up when jumping and more
  • Gameplay physics and collisions replicated from Sonic 2
  • Both original and new sound effects
  • 256 colors with 1 alpha
  • Mp3/OGG/VGM music support
  • Sonic & Tails as playable characters (Knuckles will later be added)
  • All the original Sonic 2 Levels available, with an added Hidden Palace zone
  • True 3d Special stages and a possibility of 3d backgrounds
  • 360 degree rotation for slopes and loops (optionally enabled or disabled)

Possible Post-Project Feature Aims

  • A possibility of more animated frames for characters and objects so that they look smoother
  • A possibility of a multiplayer mode with TC/IP support
  • A possibility of a fully functional level development kit for the community to design levels with
  • A possibility of an animated ending sequence

The HD Artwork So Far

Of course that original Death Egg mockup may serve as the inspiration, but the crew has been busy developing their own fresh graphical elements. Below are some sprite re-creations, but there are also some landscapes, enemies, and other elements that have also recieved a remaster.

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Discussion & Details of the Sonic 2 HD Development

If you want to read more of the behind-the-scenes details of the project, look no further than the Retro Sonic forums. All the people involved in the project are busy organizing their plans, artwork, and coding within. Here are some of the main forum topics:

Want To Help Out?

If you have talents in the realms of programming, art, or music, the team would love to hear from you. (You can post examples of your work here). Again, read the Project Summary post for more info.

Would Sega Ever Pick This Up?

Looking at the recent history of game publishers (or big business as a whole) I would be quick to say that a company like Sega would sue the developers of a homebrew project like this before they would adopt the project and the team.
(Examples: Chrono Trigger Resurrection, Scrabulous)

But lets step back and think about what publishers should do. Sega is obviously in a funk right now. Many of its biggest names have left the company or aren’t nearly as active as they once were. There have released very few games that have lived up to it’s innovative legacy. In all honesty, they need all the help they can get at this point.

The smart thing to do it to hire anybody with a passion for the games and hire them for relatively low costs. Games like this would definately sell when on a system like XBLA, WiiWare, or PSN. Perhaps this is a conversation that is worthy of it’s own article…. what do you think about the matter?


68 Comments

herreraz says:

the game will demo in which section of the forum?

evilsin says:

hey this is too good….sega better not shut this down….and yes i owuld liek to see a good remake of mortal komba 2 that woud be amazing

Narles says:

The just released a tech demo of this and it looks really really good. Makes me very excited about this project.

Get it here: http://forums.sonicretro.org/index.php?showtopic=12056

cody says:

this is a reat idea. i think they should do it with all old like NES and sega games. keep the games and story exactly the same but just with better graphics.

i want them to do it for NBA JAM foe SNES. i thought i was the only one

Shaun says:

Read about this a few days ago and I’m completely psyched. Sonic 2 was the first one I’ve ever played and the fact that they’re re-vamping it is so awesome. I just tried the 4 demos and it’s gonna be great! They’ve got my support. Hopefully Sega will let them continue. *fingers crossed*

Sonica says:

Hi I am Sonica, one of the Sonic 2 HD artists. Would you mind updating some of those pictures? See new ones on
http://forums.sonicretro.org/index.php?showforum=42

Sonica says:

but besides that, thanks for the support and good comments about the project. Loads of hard effort has been put in to this and yes, it WILL be finished.

solidsnake says:

some people thank shadow is cooler then sonic in my opinion shadow sucks sorry i just thank that sonic is better

ummmm says:

Haven’t heard any news of this in a while, was it all too good to be true?

racketboy says:

Well, good work takes time — especially on volunteer time.
Progress is still being made
http://forums.sonicretro.org/index.php?s=160ff0aea4433cce11516af285d28865&showforum=42

Jamesidude says:

If this game was to come out on Xbox Live arcade and PS3 classics then I would buy both !!!

PleaseDOit says:

This is definitely the best idea in history of best ideas.
I would buy it. 100%

Canned Karma says:

Hello everyone. I’m Canned Karma, the General Project Coordinator for S2HD.

Since this article was originally posted, there have been a great deal of changes seen. The staff has gone through many changes in key members, the artwork has been updated in almost every imaginable way, and our commitment to producing the ultimate version of Sonic 2 has never been stronger.

The staff is hard at work putting together a playable build for you all to enjoy. Please be patient with us; we know the kind of excitement a project like this can generate, but we won’t be releasing an alpha build until it is guaranteed to wow all those who play it.

I can tell you this — you won’t have to wait much longer.

If you have any questions regarding the project, or would like to contribute to it, please look us up on Sonic Retro’s S2HD forum.

Regards,
CK
S2HD Staff

Spetsnaz says:

I would actually like to see this get adopted by Sega but allow the original creators have control. I love it when people are passionate about excellent games like this…and FYI I would pay for these as DLC for every 2D Sonic game…gladly pay $15+ if it’s made to have to same feel with updated gfx and sound…not just a lame pixel smoother they used in the Sonic mega collection.

Spetsnaz says:

oh and I forgot to say thank you for this…Sonic always has been my favorite video game character and it’s just so great to see that I’m not the only one who still remembers him fondly

RanReloaded says:

I don’t see the point of going HD yet retaining 256 colors… I say go the full monty 32bit RGBA!

Admin says:

I’m looking for former and a lot of new artists . I’m also looking for new programmist who will be not crazy like loST of my Sonic 2 HD Fan Game Project . Here is the link http://sonic2hd.open-board.com/

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