When it comes to new information about early versions of Sonic the Hedgehog titles, we here at Sonic Retro get very excited. If you’ve been here long enough, you may remember that this whole community was birthed because a certain fellow stumbled across the Sonic 2 Beta many moons ago. In the interim, we’ve been able to get our hands on even more Sonic 2 prereleases, not to mention early builds of Chaotix, Sonic CD, Sonic Spinball, and who can forget the interviews and concept art that have been gathered over the years…but there has been a holy grail that is still elusive to this day. Something that, until last summer, we didn’t even know existed. What I am talking about is the very first playable version of the original Sonic the Hedgehog designed specifically for the Tokyo Toy Show back in June of 1990. The only shots of that build we had for ages were of Sonic standing in a pose not seen anywhere else, and Sonic running next to a sign that we still don’t have a clear shot of. But today, that all has changed.
If you caught the tweet two hours ago, you’re no doubt already aware that Sonic Generations was spotted up on Steam in a beta state.
But before you go running off to try and somehow hijack it and do whatever it is you plan to do with it, learn that it cannot be downloaded. However, you can safely see its presence in the Steam index without any worry of breaking laws or losing your Steam account permanently.
Make sure your Steam client is up to date and download the Steam Registry Tool Kit here. You’ll need .NET Framework 2.0, so this is for Windows Users only.
Open the program, and open the file “ClientRegistry.blob” located in C:\Program Files\Steam (or C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam for you Windows Vista and 7 users.) Double click on ContentDescriptionRecord, which is a registry entry on the right panel. If you don’t see ContentDescriptionRecord, make sure the folder “TopKey” is highlighted on the left sidebar.
Finally, go to the Subscriptions tab, to the dropdown right below the tabs, and go to I.D. 8449.
Not the most exciting bit of news other than the impromptu confirmation for the PC version of the game. We’ll keep you posted if anything more develops or from official word from Sega. Special thanks to forum member Hinchy for the above process.