A while back, you’ll remember we made a post showing how a small group of fans on our forums were tearing into the very fabric of the PC version of Sonic Generations to recreate the daytime stages of Sonic Unleashed within the game. On last check, they had managed to get the Hedgehog Engine’s Global Illumination Ambiance working, a rather impressive task of its own right. So how are things coming along now?
Quite fantastically, if these three projects all based off Generations are anything to go by.
Dario FF brings us his latest playable release of getting Sonic Unleashed stages working in Generations’ engine which allows you to tear through a completed version of Dragon Road Day Act 1. Not only does the level look extremely beautiful flowing by at a crisp 60 frames per second, but the GIA is in full effect, making the level pop just as well if not better than the console release. Although not every element of the stage is intact from Unleashed, Dario has provided a few workarounds that help keep the stage feeling fresh.
If porting over Unleashed stages doesn’t quite tickle your fancy, Melpontro and Dude are working on their own modifications that radically alter Generations. Using a level editor created by Dario, the two are bringing two completely different stages to life in Generations. Above, we see Melpontro’s attempts to create a level from the infamous Shadow The Hedgehog, Sky Troops. Though still very early in development, the stage shows much promise and plays off some ideas from the original level and from Generations’ Sky Sanctuary. It’s also worth noting the remix given to the stage’s original song performed by Zach Hinchy and EXshad.
Taking a different approach, Dude is focusing on updating the Dreamcast classic Sonic Adventure to Generations’ engine, including adapting Sonic’s animations to mimic his stances and poses from the very game. Here we see Dude has created his own iteration of Adventure’s opening stage, Emerald Coast. Although the level was featured as one of the seven stages on the 3DS version of Generations, Dude is aiming to capture the open world feel of Adventure’s stages while mixing in the fast-paced style of Generations.
With the variety of modifications happening to Generations, it’s certainly a very bright future for this young area of the modding scene. For those who want to try them out, make sure to follow the directions their creators offer in the video links when installing them.