Soon after the release of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric in the US a few developers independently published a large number of concept arts showing the different stages of the game creation. Of particular interest are experiments with characters design and level sketches. Sonic and Eggman could suffer much more serious redesign, and Lyric (the main villain of the game) was originally owl. In addition, Chao were considered, whose appearance differs greatly compared to the other games. Andrea Ritsu from Sonic Stadium has collected all these arts in one folder, and just in case we also reuploaded them to the gallery.
The last day of Tokyo Game Show 2014 SEGA held a live stream of Sonic Boom (known as Sonic Toon in Japan). They showed a few new cutscenes and Wii U/3DS gameplay video with the commentary of Takashi Iizuka. You can view the recoding below.
Also you can see the separate videos of Wii U and 3DS versions' gameplay in the full story.
Several of SEGA's games for the Android are being sold as a Humble Bundle. The games include Android versions of Sonic 4 Episodes I and II, plus Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, along with some other SEGA games such as ChuChu Rocket!, Virtua Tennis Challenge, and Crazy Taxi. As is traditional with Humble Bundles, more games are coming (usually after the first week). The bundle is pay-what-you-want for Sonic 4 Episode I, ChuChu Rocket!, and Virtua Tennis Challenge, but if you beat the average purchase, you will get the other games, including the extras that will be added later. All of the games are DRM-free, and every purchase supports the Child's Play, WaterAid, and UNICEF charities (you get to decide how to split the money between Humble Bundle, the developers, and the three charities). The bundle will end on September 3rd at 11:00 AM PST.
Last week, IGN had exclusive access to a new reveal regarding Sonic Boom. Many news regarding this trademark has been going around already, including a Cartoon and two games. These media will be joined by comics, made by our buddies Archie Comics!
The series will be written by Ian Flynn, and the art will be done by Even Stanley. Sonic Boom will be a completely original spin-off series, similar to Sonic Universe. As far as known, these comics will not influence the main storyline from the Archie Comics. Flynn had also promised us that they will reveal more info at the San Diego Comic Con, which will happen next week.
As a special Summer promotion, the Official Sonic Merchandise is giving customers 50% off all ordered T-shirts! The site delivers various shirts, with characters from Eggman to Knuckles to the Blue Blur himself. This sale will run until the 31st of July, so if you are still considering, there's more than enough time!
(Please note that you can change the currency by clicking one of the flags at the bottom right of the page, as the site used Great Britain Pounds as it's main currency)
The 'sequel' to Sonic Jump is now available in the Google play and Apple store, called Sonic Jump Fever! It keeps the original Sonic Jump formula intact, while giving it several new additions.
In another mobile Sonic game, named Sonic Dash, you could challenge against your friends for the highest score. This is now also a new addition to Sonic Jump Fever. Another upgrade is the Fever option, which is simplified as the overdrive mode of this game. Chao's also make an appearance in this game, but don't get your hopes up. There is still no Chao Garden if that's what you were wishing for.
Best of all, the game is completely FREE!
Staying on the topic of Mobile Sonic games, Sega has just released something Easter related for Sonic Dash.
While being a bit on the late side with Easter, they make up for it with an amazing reward, being Cream the Rabbit. The Global Challenge is just like any other, 4 stages in which you have to collect certain items (being Easter Eggs) and make it to the top with the help of the Dash community. And of course, when completing a stage, you will also receive certain power-ups.
So keep dashin' people! The challenge will end at the 5th of May, so good luck to all Dashers out there!
If you were planning to get Sonic & All-stars Racing Transformed on the go, now's your chance! Sega has decided to make the entire game free for both Android AND Apple systems.
For the people who had already bought the game, no worries (I suppose)! Because you are the proud owner of a VIP card in the game!
Dear friends, we have some great news!
Summer 2014 will mark one of the most important events in the history of Sonic fandom surrounding Russia and several other countries, which will unite all fans from main Russian communities!
Russian Sonic the Hedgehog fans have been arranging large meet-ups in Moscow every summer since 2006, but this time we're going to hold a true fan convention called SuperSonicCon with everything that usually composes such events. During the entire day under the roof we will hold ceremonials, different contests, video game tournaments, and the most important thing of all - Sonic fans from all over the world will be able to meet in a friendly atmosphere, chat and have a really good time!
Here are some of the planned features for the convention:
— It will be held in a large place, well-equipped and prepared for housing an event like this. Most likely it will be “ DNK HALL” in the “Central House of Artists”.
— Stands of our friends and sponsors will be set up. Everyone can organize their own stand where they will be able to exhibit their art or show off their Sonic staff collection.
— For the first time at a Russian Sonic event you will see cosplay! We invite all the cosplayers to take part! A few teams are already willing to be there with us. And, of course, photographers will be there too.
— And as always, exciting gaming competitions, where you will be able to compete with others playing classic and modern Sonic games! Winners of the competitions will receive great prizes!
— The convention visitors will be able to play almost every released Sonic game at freeplay;
— BadnikLive quiz will show who has the best knowledge of Sonic the Hedgehog universe;
— Authors of good fan art, fanfiction, music videos, game hacks and just the ones who contributed a lot to the Sonic community will receive special attention, while the best will earn Russian Sonic Awards;
Everyone can take part in organization of the convention. If you have any ideas regarding the event, its format as a whole or its separate parts, you can share them with us!
SuperSonicCon will be held at August 2nd 2014!
For this weekend only, the Official Sonic merchandise provides customers with a discount code as an early celebration for Sonic's 23rd anniversary. With this, every product that you purchase will get 23% off when you're checking out. A great way to save yourself some money and celebrate the 23rd anniversary earlier!
Do note that the main site's currency is Great Britain Pounds (GBP) but does deliver to every country. You might want to use a Currency Converter to calculate what it will cost you exactly. However, you can also switch to different countries by clicking the flag symbols at the bottom right of the screen.