Microsoft’s community manager Larry Hyb (aka Major Nelson) has posted a schedule showing what to expect on Xbox Live this and next week. One listing that may be of interest to Sonic fans is the addition of Sonic Adventure 2 Avatar items coming to the Xbox Live Marketplace on June 5th. At the moment there are no details on what the Avatar items are, so we’ll have to wait to see if a Shadow costume will be added to the creepy Sonic costumes available on Xbox Live.
To promote the upcoming release of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, SEGA has released a bunch of new avatar items. These include apparel your avatar can wear, like a full body Tails suit that’ll either make you look cool or creepy (320 MSP), a couple of hoodies in Sonic and Tails variants (240 MSP), a T-shirt with just the Sonic 4 Episode II logo on it (80 MSP) and last but not least, a Metal Sonic helmet.
But as the image above suggests, that’s not all of the new things available. There are a bunch of new props that would actually be pretty neat in real life your avatar can play with as well. These include a remote controlled Metal Sonic toy (240 MSP), a Drawstring Tails Plushie (240 MSP), a couple of toys based on two new badniks from Episode II (240 MSP), a Capsule toy complete with small animals (240 MSP), a game cartridge of Sonic 4 Episode II complete with a SEGA Genesis hooked up to an item monitor (240 MSP) and a half-pipe from the special stage (240 MSP). While to me this is all useless crap that costs way too much, there is actually some cool stuff in there if you’re into dressing up your Avatar. All of these items are now available on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Below are more pictures of most of the new Avatar items mentioned here.
SEGA just announced that the Sonic Generations Casino Night Zone pinball stage console users could have gotten as a pre-order bonus will be released as DLC for the Steam version. While PC gamers haven’t been able to play the stage yet (at least, not officially), they will be from December 26th, which is when it will be released for USD $1.59, GBP £0.99, EUR €1.59 or AUD $2.99 depending on where you live. Here is a video of the stage played on the Xbox 360 (courtesy of Youtube user AestheticGamer):
Also announced are PS3 dynamic themes and Xbox Live Avatar items themed after the same game. The PS3 themes have either modern or classic Sonic (depending on which theme you buy) doing a pose on Green Hill zone, which has the sunflowers spinning and the waterfall moving in the background. These will be available later today in Europe when the Playstation Store updates for £1.59/€1.99 each. Meanwhile Xbox Live users will get a variety of costumes for their Avatar with Super Sonic, Classic Sonic and Classic Amy respectively (for 240 points each) as well as a t-shirt (160 points) and cap (80 points) with the Sonic Generations logo on them tomorrow when the Xbox Live Marketplace updates. Pictures and videos of the goodies can be found here.