New Tech Demo release: http://forums.sonicretro.org/index.php?showtopic=12292 Digg it! S2HD is like a dream come true! Sonic really needed to go back onto its glorious roots - and I honestly never imagined we could progress so fast in less than one year with this fast pace. This has been possible only thanks to every talented and motivated contributor, past and present, which shared the same beloved memories of pure enjoyment with Sonic The Hedgehog 2 we had. Yes, Sonic 2 HD will set many standards as it aims to be much more than a carbon copy version of the original. For instance, it will be the first time a genuine Sonic game will run at FULL HD – cinemascope resolution, Multiplayer Online Competitions, New Levels, unlockables and much more. So, stay tuned and note this date as the real birthday of Sonic 2HD - we'll start to amaze you from now on. - Vincent Tech Demo Download Needed D3D DLL Files Please note this is pre-Alpha, so expect it to be full of bugs. Please report any problems or issues you have experienced, along with your full system specs! Fullscreen needs a monitor that supports 1280 x 960 resolution to work. If not, it will show a black screen because its looking for a resolution that it cannot find. (We still need to fix the fullscreen for others resolutions). We just pushed into the demo as much content as we could and we are exhausted now! So please expect a full FAQ tomorrow. BASIC CONTROLS Move the keyboard to move Sonic on the floor S=Jump A=Negate Gravity Down+Jump=Spindash The 3 versions are not the same Please try all three of them - each has a diff. zoom (It's just a Zoom Effect, the game will be seen at the 4X Res). I suggest to try S2HD_TechDemo_4x.exe first. We included the smaller 1x and 2x resolutions because level scrolling is still being developed - so the idea was to give everyone space to move around by having a smaller Sonic in a bigger level. Also, full screen may not work for some in this work in progress demo. Please report your system specs if this is the case. TRICKS Wait the main title screen for more than 10 seconds will put in the secret Credits Scene. ======================================= SONIC 2 HD TECH DEMO CONTENTS ======================================= 1. System Requirements 2. The Sonic 2 HD Project 3. The History of Sonic 2 HD 4. Joining us & Contact Information 5. Legal Disclaimer ===================== 1. System Requirements ===================== We are testing these early engine builds with the highest quality settings during development, so as to estabilish the required specs to run at the "FULL HD" (1080p) resolution. Low resolution compatible specs will be included in the next releases. This tech demo could run at almost full speed on slower PCs, so please note that these specs are not at all final. Please report bugs or any other issues in our release thread on the Sonic Retro forums. The recommended system requirements are as follows: ----------------------------------------- Graphics card: ----------------------------------------- - 512 MB graphics RAM. - The graphics card must be able to render multiple 3d primitives with post pixel shader effects (Direct3D 9 and Pixel Shader 2.0 compatible) in "FULL HD" (1080p) resolution at a rate of 60 frames per second. ----------------------------------------- CPU and RAM: ----------------------------------------- - 2.4 GHz - 2 GB RAM ----------------------------------------- Operating System: ----------------------------------------- - Microsoft Windows XP SP2 32-bit - Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2 32-bit - Microsoft Windows Vista Ultra Edition 32-bit - (DirectX 9.0c or higher) ----------------------------------------- Joystick/Gamepad: ----------------------------------------- - Something DirectInput compatible with 8 buttons or so. ===================== 2. The Sonic 2 HD Project ===================== The S2HD project is a Sonic Retro open community endeavour. Its purpose is to remaster Sega's classic Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with high definition (HD) graphics and music, whilst at the same time precisely preserving the original gameplay (that continues to set quality standards to this day). S2HD will not be limited only to presenting a beautiful graphical and musical version of the original. New features that were not present in the original will also be made available. Some examples are especially the online multiplayer modes and extra levels. ===================== 3. The History of Sonic 2 HD ===================== The idea of creating a high definition version of Sega's classic Sonic the Hedgehog 2 first appeared on a website called "Alchemist Defined". An artist calling himself Billy had drawn an incredibly impressive piece of artwork, which showed Sonic about to fight the last boss of the game in the "Death Egg Zone". The low-resolution sprites were richly brought to life in this phenomenal piece of artwork: both the background and the characters had been completely remastered. A number of video gaming websites quickly discovered the image and were soon showing it off on their homepages. The question had been posed; "What would Sonic 2 look like in high definition?" The "Sonic Retro" community had always taken a keen interest in all things related to Sonic's classical era. On December 6th 2007, a member of this community called "Athelstone" found Billy's image and excitedly posted it in the General discussion forums, while asking the very same question - what would it be like?. The thread was soon moved to the "Creative Works" section of the forum. Three months later, on March 8th 2008, a member of Sonic Retro called "Vangar" created a discussion thread asking for a game engine he could use to start work on such a project. The thread gained a surprising amount of interest! Many members of the community quickly began to post concept images of what the game ought to look like. To begin with, fans would merely apply graphical filters to the original low-resolution graphics. A member called "Yarharhar" then posted an image of a completely remastered Sonic, along with a method describing how he had drawn it! It was not long until a member of the community called "Vincent" was so inspired by Yarharhar's effort, that he took it upon himself to begin remastering a whole set of Sonic's character frames. Sonic 2 HD had begun! However, the most difficult tasks still lay ahead of the project. How would we organize ourselves to achieve this goal? What game engine would be used to make it a reality? One possibility was to use a modified Genesis emulator, which would display the graphics from the original game ROM in high definition. However, it was decided that this would be far too limiting for the project. This is because the bugs and slow downs from the original game would be replicated, rather than fixed and improved upon. It would also be impossible to expand upon the project if its foundation was just an emulator. Another possibility was to use a custom made engine that had already been created. A member of the community called "Taxman" had already created a popular Sonic engine called "Retro Sonic". Unluckily, the physics in his engine were not yet close enough to the original genesis series for it to be used (despite the fact that Taxman's engine boasted an incredibly impressive level development kit for designing original Sonic levels). It was likely that Taxman would eventually perfect the physics in his engine - but rather than wait for him to accomplish this, the community thirsted for the Sonic 2 HD project to move forward. After a time, a staff team had been formed. Since Vincent had already remastered many of Sonic's frames, he became the project leader and the lead artist. A member called "SANiK" had even created an online database, which allowed contributors to upload all of their artwork, while members "Athelstone" and "Blue Streak" coordinated some of the community's contributions while giving suggestions and guidance to other project staff. Eventually, the administrators of Sonic Retro granted us our own community forum for the Sonic 2 HD project - but we still didn't have an engine! Members of the community were starting to cast doubt upon the project - was it really going to become a reality or not? Then, out of the blue, a long-running member of the community called "LOst" privately informed the project staff that he had already been developing his own engine for a number of years and would like to be a part of the project. The staff were astounded at the accuracy of his physics, since they were based upon Sonic 3 (which fixed many of the bugs present in Sonic 2's physics). We finally had an engine! On September 15th 2008 the first technical demo of Sonic 2 HD was released - Sonic has returned! ======================================= 4. Joining us & Contact Information ======================================= Want to help us? Are you an artist or skilled musician? You're welcome to join us! Please register at the Sonic Retro forums at http://forums.sonicretro.org and click on the "Community Projects" section. Please read our contribution rules and guidelines first before posting an example of your work in the relevant topic. If your work is of a high standard, it is likely that you will be invited to join our staff. We need: - Character / Enemies artists: To remaster sprites of characters and enemies (the use of vector programs like Illustrator or Flash is preferred). - Background artists: Drawing either backgrounds to be used as Level Tiles for levels or menu screens. - Concept artists: To throw together mockups of what the project should be aiming to artistically achieve. - Music composers: Either Real instruments or Synthetized music, our engine finally accepts .OGG audio files. All remasterings must follow the original Sonic 2 tunes. - Artists to draw an opening and ending sequence. If you want to contact S2HD Staff, just send us a private message on the Sonic Retro forums. ===================== 5. Legal Disclaimer ===================== "Sonic 2 HD" is in no way affiliated with Sega® or Sonic Team®. The copyrights of "Sonic The Hedgehog" and all associated characters, names, terms, art, and music thereof belong to Sega®. All registered trademarks and copyrights belong to Sega® and Sonic Team®. "Sonic 2 HD" is a non-profit endeavour created by fans. No financial gain whatsoever is made from project efforts. No intent to infringe said copyrights or registered trademarks is made by contributors of "Sonic 2 HD".