Going on three years now, Freedom Planet launched on Steam after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012. For the uninitiated, Freedom Planet drew heavy inspiration from Sonic the Hedgehog, while also adding a huge emphasis on combat and exploration. Fast forward to now, and we’re highly anticipating the release of the sequel, Freedom Planet 2. Sporting a fresh look, new engine, and so much more, GalaxyTrail is looking to up their game significantly. We sat down with Strife, a very active member of the Retro forums, to discuss the sequel, transitioning tools, and much more.
Those looking forward to the Unleashed Project will be disheartened to hear that the project is no more. In a statement released by the Project’s head, S0LV0, she’s stated that it was time to call it quits. From the Twitlonger post:
So, here it is. I can’t begin to express how sorry I am about this, but I’m cancelling Unleashed Project 2.0. For a long time I was really passionate about it, and I felt I had something special to share with people by working on it, but that passion is gone. I know of no one I could pass the workload onto, nor do I plan to release my “completed” work as none of it is fully polished. I’m sincerely sorry to those who were looking forward to it, but I hope you’ll understand by this far into my post that it was extremely unhealthy for me.
S0LV0 goes on to talk about what she’ll be doing from this point and more in her full Twitlonger post which can be read here. For those holding onto hope, S0LV0 tweeted that DarioFF, the person in charge of the Unleashed Project prior to her, may be interested in taking the project over. We at Retro wish S0LV0 all the best in what she does and look forward to her projects in the future.
The once long-elusive SegaSonic Cosmo Fighter Galaxy Patrol has finally been found, dumped, released, signed, sealed, delivered by the good folks of the Dumping Union, a group dedicated to preserving old arcade games that may have otherwise been lost to time. Cosmo Fighter was released in celebration of MAME, a notorious emulator that aims to recreate the hardware of thousands of arcade titles, which turned twenty years old on February 5th. An entire playthrough was uploaded to YouTube by ashthedragon, as seen above. If we’re doing our math correctly, every known, officially released Sonic game has been dumped as of this release, meaning all that’s left are prototypes/tech demos and any rare unreleased games.
Seemingly out of nowhere, SEGA has added a ton of soundtracks to Spotify from their classic games, including Outrun, Fantasy Zone, Jet Set Radio and more, along with a plethora of Sonic OSTs from the likes of CD and Adventure. You can check out the entire library here for instant streaming, just note that Spotify does require a login for its basic services.
UPDATE: The Nintendo Switch version is being co-developed by Tantalus Games according to a Tweet from Christian Whitehead himself.
Shout out to fellow Melbourne devs @Tantalus_Games who are helping us out with the Switch version of Sonic Mania!
— Christian Whitehead (@CFWhitehead) January 13, 2017
In addition, the Switch version also has a collector’s edition available for pre-order, at least in America.
Thought to be missing the jump to the new system, Sonic Mania was confirmed by Nintendo’s YouTube and new Switch website and will be coming to the new system this Spring. Alongside Sonic Mania, Puyo Puyo Tetris is finally getting a release outside of Japan, both on the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4. Hit the jump to check out the trailer for Puyo Puyo Tetris.
Neo Hazard takes over the livestream with the Sonic Level pack for LEGO Dimensions. Featuring Bartman3010, InstantSonic and Kat. Check out Neo Hazard’s personal YouTube channel, Neo Reviews!
This week has some pretty big releases on the way. Sandwiched in between the Pokémons and Watch_Dogs comes the release of the Sonic the Hedgehog LEGO Dimensions level pack. We’ll be hosting a livestream on Friday, 11/18/16, at 4:00PM CST (UTC -6) of the Sonic level pack, as well as playing through some of the base levels and worlds with Sonic himself! The initial broadcast will be on Neo Reviews, with the replay going live over on SEGA Channel Retro. We’ll see you all then!