Drx is pretty much a legend within this Sonic community. Remember that time he released 1,000 prototypes in a day? That ruled. He’s always on the hunt for new information and prototypes and his most recent find uncovered what could have been Knuckles original name: “Dreds.” The lead, uncredited tester of Sonic 2, Ben Szymkowiak, spoke with drx on the subject.
Ben: Actually, it was Jason Kuo, myself, and Vy Nong, along with a marketing person who brainstormed and came up with the idea for the dreadlock look of the Dreds character in Sonic.
drx: So Dreds was the original name for Knuckles?
Ben: I think Dreds was original name for Knuckles – but this was 15+ years ago. I do remember brainstorming on the look of Knuckles with Jason Kuo, Vy Nong, and a Marketing person.
Hit the jump for some interesting information on Sonic 2′s testing.