There’s still plenty of time to submit your project to SAGE 2018! Check out our last article for details and we’ll see you August 25th!
It’s been a little while since we’ve talked about the 2018 Sonic Amateur Games Expo. Look, I know you read the title, so let’s go ahead and get it out of the way: SAGE 2018 is DELAYED to August 25th through September 1st. We want to bring you the best show possible, and unfortunately, that means pushing the date back just a bit to ensure that’s possible. On the bright side, this does extend the deadline for submissions. We will now be accepting submissions to SAGE up until August 18th. Now with the worst out of the way, let’s talk about the show itself and how you can join us this year!
Level creators are nothing new to video games at large, but throughout the long history of the series, Sonic the Hedgehog has only had one level editor officially released. While long since gone, as PlaySEGA itself has been shut down for several years now, those who played it will likely recall a less than stellar recreation of the original Sonic the Hedgehog with some new sprites thrown in for a fairly limited experience. Enter Lapper, a Sonic Retro user who has been working diligently since 2010 to create a more thorough and consistent level creator based on previous Sonic titles on the Genesis dubbed Sonic Studio (formerly known as Sonic Maker.) We took some time to grill Lapper about his project and what we can expect in the future.
In a move that nobody saw coming, Sonic is to join the fray in Tekken 7 according to Namco Bandai’s “Nico Easter 2018” stream earlier today. Tekken is no stranger to bizarre crossover characters (Final Fantasy XV’s Noctis was added just last month), but even by those standards it’s surprising to see a character like Sonic standing toe-to-toe with Heihachi.
Since the stream was only available through NicoVideo, information is limited. From what we can gather, Sonic’s inclusion appears to be some attempt at cross-promoting Sonic Forces – right down to his home stage being Metropolis from the game. It’s expected that Namco Bandai’s western channels will release more information and assets shortly, but in the meantime we nabbed a few screencaps from the stream. Annoyingly, you need a premium NicoVideo account to re-watch the stream, so we don’t have any footage to share.
The Sonic DLC for Tekken 7 is due out in Fall 2018.
Above is the VOD from last week’s livestream of RAGE 2018, and what a stream it was! Per usual, we ran into technical difficulties, played some awful games, and had a blast going through each and everyone of your entries. While there can be only one winner, we want to give special accommodations to several games and above all, a big thank you to anyone who submitted or watched the stream! Without further ado, hit the jump to see the highlights, the winner of RAGE 2018, and of course, the pack containing every game for your own enjoyment.
Sonic is no stranger to board games, but this latest outing looks to be the most ambitious yet. So much so, that the company behind the production, Shinobi 7, has just launched a Kickstarter to fund their new game. There’s quite a lot to take in from the Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers page, namely that the game features up to 5 playable characters, each with their own abilities and stats, and that the game features interchangeable tiles to vary up play, keeping it fresh each time.
The biggest thing to note, as with any Kickstarter, is what you’re actually buying. As of this writing, there’s only one tier for rewards, and that’s set at a somewhat pricey $100. Dropping that dough nets you a copy of the game, an exclusive Super Sonic character, and any “freebie” stretch goals that are unlocked. Speaking of which, stretch goals include more characters like Shadow and Blaze, though it’s worth noting that if they’re unlocked, you’ll have to pay more to actually obtain them.
The Battle Racers Kickstarter goes into more detail about how the game plays, so if that tickles your fancy, you can check it out. If funded, the game is expected to ship in October of this year.
Fresh off the RAGE 2018 livestream is the actually early for once announcement dates for Sonic Amateur Games Expo 2018! This year, we’re finally bringing SAGE back where it belongs: the tail end of summer! Keep an eye on SAGExpo Twitter for updates regarding the expo leading up, and if you plan on submitting, or streaming, and need a refresher, hit the jump for the SAGE rules below!
We’ve got the entries in and are ready to play! Join us tonight at 7:00pm CST as we play through every single RAGE 2018 entry and stick around for a special announcement at the end!
And don’t forget, next week, the RAGE site will go live so you too can witness the whiteness, with the RAGE winner announced on February 7th!