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Posted 15 March 2010 - 07:25 PM
I don't think you want the general community to have too much freedom, as that's when things can start to become one big mess.
Posted 15 March 2010 - 07:28 PM
"I SECOND THAT MOTION!" —Mallanāga Vātsyāyana, author of, well, umm...
Posted 15 March 2010 - 08:12 PM
It's with great pleasure that today, March 15th, we'll show off a bit of what's been going on with S2HD behind the scenes since last year, and, with the help of a couple of teasers, hopefully give you all a better idea of what's been keeping us so busy!
What you have seen until today has been completely redone on a new polished art style; one which blends in cartoony and CG definition into a single and colourful environment. To achieve that, we did not limit our work by converting the original frames through vectors. Instead, we've re-imagined them within strict and original directions from the concept artworks and dedicated animation studies.
Let's start up with the main character updates:
Sonic frames have been completed, revised, partly redrawn and upgraded to a newer standard in both animation quality and frame count. Some key animations have been extended, as well as a couple of surprises we'll show off with the Alpha Release.
Small animals (Flicky and Ricky) have been completely redrawn to match the concept artwork instead of their game sprites:
Sonic 2 HD is a project with unimaginable passion within. Thanks to the solid dedication shared by teamwork, our art has evolved in both creation methods and results, and has come to a completely new quality level.
From an art standpoint we're getting things very close to completion for AR, yet some parts will surely need to be further adjusted and/or polished to present them on the intended quality level.
After SEGA's exciting announcement of Sonic 4 we wish to publically state that we do fully support it and can't wait to play!
For this very reason, while still working on delivering you the absolute best content on S2HD's AR, we do respect SEGA's artists and programmers work, so that we'll hold back any public release until Sonic 4 is out.
On a final note, the former S2HD art contribution system is still left intact, meaning the most noteworthy talents and ideas will be approved and accepted by S2HD Staff as always.
Sonic 2 HD is alive and kicking hard guys. Expect amazing stuff -- we're telling it to you as fellow players!
Posted 15 March 2010 - 08:13 PM
In-game HD artwork aside, this effect is also felt on the shape of the frontend for the game as what was once acceptable in the early 90's comes off as cheap and basic in 2010. There are a number of next-gen titles now where the very notion of a classic frontend is challenged and brought into it's own, and gains the potential to heighten the gamer's experience in doing so.
Sonic 2's menu system and frontend was very much function over form, but Sonic 2 HD whilst absolutely retaining the strongest relationship with the classic Sonic/art deco aesthetic of 1992, will level this scale out. The result will be a menu system that is fast and efficient to navigate, but is also is intended as a place the player can enjoy strolling through at a leisurely pace if they so choose as they absorb a rich HD visual re-imagining of Sonic 2's frontend loaded with classic detail.
For the core staff, Sonic 2 HD is very much a labour of love and we uphold the importance of preserving the correct 'feel' of the original title in every department. However, to simply duplicate the original assets in a higher resolution would do this title a disservice as (in some cases) they do not withstand the test of time - nearly 2 decades, and so serious revision must take place. Rest assurred, those who want Sonic 2 HD to be the best incarnation it can be will very much appreciate what they see at the time of Alpha release.
Posted 15 March 2010 - 08:13 PM
Here's some number crunching for a few areas of the art for those of you that enjoy this kind of thing.
Emerald Hill Level Assets
EHZ Tileset: 90%
EHZ Level Layout: 80%
EHZ Level Objects: 90%
EHZ Background: complete
Emerald Hill Badniks
Posted 15 March 2010 - 08:13 PM
The Sonic engine will be improved on several stages, and most of them will be modified with close Alpha releases in the future. Beta testing will follow the finished concepts.
The Special Stage will be added much later, when we have a couple of normal levels done.
Posted 15 March 2010 - 08:14 PM
Recently there's been a lot of wondering regarding why S2HD has been operating behind the scenes. There's a few answers behind this. The first is to keep things as organized and coordinated as possible. Any successful project needs a strong leadership core to guide it. This is why a dedicated staff was created in the project's infancy. Many of you have brought up the issue of whether S2HD is an actual "community" project.
S2HD will now be considered a closed community project. What does this mean? Before I get to that, let me clearly state that we still want your contributions. S2HD will not close itself off to your ideas, concepts, and artwork. The groundwork for this project could not have been laid without you, and while an end result may be possible with just the staff, we doubt anyone wants to wait around for the number of years that would take unassisted. Many of you have proven to be valuable talents, and we thank you for your efforts and look forward to working with you in the future. I'd like to allay any fears on credit given as well. Those of you who have contributed so far have already gained a place in S2HD's history, and you will be fully acknowledged in its credits. That said, the staff reserves the right to make final approval on staff made pieces. We will continue to evaluate, accept, and approve contributions from those wishing to contribute to the S2HD, but if the staff has put weeks into something, it stands to reason that it won't be changed at the drop of a hat. We've all seen how completely open projects can break down even when based on the best of intentions. We're trying to learn from this to keep our commitment to you that S2HD will not be abandoned. Tasks cannot be accomplished if every single piece of art or project decision is questioned by dozens of people. Undoubtedly, there will be disagreements along the way, and while we'd love to be able to please everyone, it's just not possible with such a diverse group of opinions. These perspectives are considered a strength to the project, as more ideas provide artists with more inspiration to draw from. They can't, however, be a shackle to the project's progress.
We haven't shown the most updated artwork so far because we're aiming for the highest standards possible—until the existing art has reached that level it will be counterproductive to show off half-completed work. Not all work done by the staff will be immediately released to the public. If we kept revising work every time another 'amazing' idea was proposed, the project would never be finished.
The staff would like to note that we've seen instances of original work from S2HD taken without permission and used for promotion, intentional or otherwise, of other properties. We would greatly appreciate it if this would end immediately. It's not fair to the artists who have labored to create the work for the project.
We continue to ask for your help, as the staff could not have come together in the first place without the talents of the community to draw from. Proof of this rests in the fact that the staff is still in need of programmer talent for 3D engine work in the special stages, and potentially in the multiplayer component as well. That said, the art style has been set in place, and there is a set direction for how the project will function.
In short, you guys want a game, and you want information on it. We want your patience until the alpha. These announcements were planned specifically to let you know that hard work is being done on a consistent basis, and it's only gearing up from here on in. We guarantee it will be worth the wait!
Posted 15 March 2010 - 09:06 PM
I wonder how many years ago I said exactly this. Repeatedly.
I can't wait to see what you're hiding underneath the silhouettes, to be honest. It had better be worth all the damn secrecy.
Posted 15 March 2010 - 09:08 PM
...So, the big announcement is that you'll be taking a few more liberties from the base game? And an engine optimization? An engine that we've only had one real test on, unless I'm mistaken?
That's nice, I guess. Still seems like the project is basically closed off, but willing to take some art contributions from other people that are mostly left in the dark.
Looks nice, though.
Posted 15 March 2010 - 09:20 PM
Posted 15 March 2010 - 09:23 PM
I am happy thought that there has finally been stated that this in fact is no community project but in fact a fangame project run by an elitist group.