New Sonic 2 HD Trailer Released, Demo Incoming

The team behind the ambitious Sonic 2 HD project have revealed a new trailer, sporting two new zones and a demo release.

The fan game, which was revived back in 2014, has seen sporadic updates via the development journal run by the team over the years – but there has been no playable version of the project since the alpha release in 2012.

The new trailer shows off the previously playable Emerald Hill Zone in action once more, alongside new additions Chemical Plant Zone and Hill Top Zone. The trailer ends promising fans a new playable build will be available September 30th for download. You can check it out in action below:

Will you be revisiting Sonic 2 in high definition later this month? Let us know your impressions below.

Sonic 2 HD Rises From The Grave

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If you remember a couple of years back, a highly ambitious fan project aiming to re-create the classic Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with high definition visuals released its first ever alpha to the public. It was certainly stunning – however, issues behind the scenes involving the programming and engine arose shortly thereafter, which sadly brought a swift end to the future of Sonic 2 HD.

However today (and what a day to announce it on), the project was announced to be back on via the Facebook page. A fan came and saved the day, lending his own independently created engine to the game. Even without all its previous team members, Sonic 2 HD is back in production with even a Mac OS version coming at a point. The full post is as follows:

Hello everyone!

The only thing more surprising than seeing an official post from us here is our announcing that S2HD is no longer dead.

You read that correctly: work has once again begun on Sonic 2 HD! That said, we’d like to give you all a brief tie-in for recent events leading to the project’s reboot.

As many of you know, the leading reason behind the project’s cancellation was due to the programming element being removed with no possibility of return in its existing form. As of last year, this changed. Before anyone raises the question, no, the former programmer and the S2HD team members have not had a reunion; instead, a fan of the project independently created and submitted his own engine to Vincent, the project leader, for evaluation. After integrating the art assets from the alpha release and successfully testing it, Vincent began to let the rest of the prior team members know, and we’ve picked up where we left off sans those who are unavailable due to real life obligations. Two other talented programmers have since offered their skills to recreate the game’s physics to match the original, and to port the game to the Mac OS platform (the latter of which is still in the earliest possible stage, and we have no estimate on when it will be playable, so stay tuned!).

In response to some of the questions we have seen, the Alpha Release build is officially discontinued and will not get any form of support as we do not have the source code. The next release will be entirely new programming from the ground up.

We’ll provide more details in how you can help us out in the next few days. It’s good to be back!

From that final note, you can see the team might be reaching out for some help from the community soon. Make sure you keep up to date with their Facebook if you feel you can contribute. I personally wish them all the luck in the world that they’ll succeed – Sonic 2 HD is a huge undertaking but it would be a dream to see it become reality!

Got any fond memories of Sonic 2 you wanna share with us? Be sure to head over to Twitter and get involved in the week long celebration for Sonic’s birthday which we’re collaborating with SEGAbits and Sonic Retro. Use the hashtag #Sonic23on23 to get in on the conversation, and we’ll be looking out for some of the best to re-tweet and favourite!

Source: Sonic 2 HD Facebook

S2HD Keylogger No Longer the Case, Safe to Download Again

Those who have downloaded and promptly deleted the alpha demo of Sonic 2 HD no longer need to fear of alleged keylogging, GeneHF of Sonic Retro shares, saying that the game demo is safe of said malicious software. This announcement follows that of LOst being booted from the S2HD team. Read the full story after the jump.

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Keylogger Discovered in Sonic 2 HD, LOst no Longer in Team

[UPDATE] Earlier today, S2HD Project Manager Canned Karma announced that LOst, Sonic 2 HD‘s programmer who needlessly added DRM protection to the long anticipated fan game, is no longer part of the project, as stated in the Sonic Retro forum.

All of us had the exact same reaction everyone here did, and we’re actively looking into it to the best of our abilities. That said, we’ve heard just as much from LOst as anyone here has lately, so I’m not sure what, if anything, we’ll be able to find that corroborated or refutes what’s been brought to light. I will say this though. LOst is no longer a part of S2HD. I’ll have a more in depth response soon. We’re just as pissed off about this as the community is.

[ORIGINAL] Scarred Sun of Sonic Retro advises everyone who has downloaded the Alpha Demo of Sonic 2 HD to delete the entire software in light of a recent keylogger discovery, the cause behind triggered antivirus alerts. Read the full statement after the jump.

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Sonic 2 HD Alpha Demo Now Available

After a tech demo over three-and-a-half years ago and a teaser trailer last year, the team behind Sonic 2 HD has now made a playable alpha demo available to the community. Eager players can experience the entirety of Emerald Hill Zone in high definition, complete with Sonic 3 & Knuckles-style act transitions and upgraded music.

As of now, the demo can only run on Windows operating systems ranging between Windows XP and Windows 7. Download links are available on the Sonic 2 HD homepage, as well as 1080p screenshots and beautiful desktop wallpapers. Further project details are available on Sonic Retro.

Check out some footage after the jump!

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Sonic 2 HD Tech Demo Released

If you did not see the desperate, red banner of attention at TSSZ already, Sonic 2 HD, the project spearheaded by members at the Sonic Retro community, have released the first, playable demo of the game. Personally, I cannot play it myself, as the game absolutely munched every last bit of my RAM (and then some), but if you manage to get it running smoothly, I heard it is a nice showcase of their physics engine and the artwork, especially the fluid animations.  I also heard that it is fun distraction at work.  Take your pick.  😉

Head on over to Sonic Retro, download the demo, and comment!