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  • SEGA Releases Playable April Fools Game, "The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog"

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    SEGA says they've listened to all of your feedback, and their response has been to murder Sonic. Well, at least someone has.

    A day early for April Fools, but SEGA has released a new, free game today, The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog. The bizarre adventure game/visual novel sets the cast aboard the Mirage Express for an old fashioned murder mystery, with (as the title suggests) Sonic as the victim. You, Tails, and Amy attempt to hunt down the killer among the other familiar guests.

    Though released as an April Fools gag, the game had been in production for a year, per producer Michal Shafrir (on Twitter), and features the work of Greg Batha (UI designer of Dream Daddy, Hero Forge, others) and artist DEEGEEMIN (IDW Sonic, Spark 3).

    The game is available now to download via Steam. If previous promotional games are anything to go by, you may want to get it ASAP at the risk of it being delisted later.

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    Some info from people who worked on the game

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    Deegeemin: Very much excited to tell you all that I worked as the lead character artist on The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog!!!!! I'm very proud of the game and everyone who worked on it! I HOPE YALL ENJOY THE GAME WE WORKED HARD ON!!!

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    Ellen Alsop: HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S (OBSERVED)! I'm super happy to announce that I worked as art director on The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog! It was a delight to work on, and everyone on the team CRUSHED it. I hope you enjoy playing it!

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    Michal Shafrir: SURPRISE!! I spent the past year producing and developing an actual Sonic game! This project has been nothing short of a dream come true and I’m so proud of it

    We all put so much love into this game, I hope you try it out and let me know what you think!!

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    Michal Shafrir: One more launch day treat for the Sonic fans: here's a backgroundless render of Dead Sonic. Go nuts

     

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    Real talk, this is genuinely a really fun take on the Ace Attorney/Danganronpa formula with some really great artwork, and great character writing. For what amounts to a shitpost taking the piss out of the constant screams of “SONIC IS DEAD, DEAD SERIES”, it genuinely has no right to be both this detailed, this high quality, and this fun.

    Kind of a shame this is just a April fools joke so it’s just a short ride, but honestly some real proof that these characters are fun enough to work in genres and situations you wouldn’t suspect them to do so. I don’t think I would ever thought a Sonic murder mystery visual novel is an idea worth noticing beyond laughing at, but here we are.  

    Also reminder to grab this asap, even if you don’t intend to play it immediately, SEGA have a habit of being quick to nix promotional titles. 

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    There are some great redesigns for the cast being shown off here.  It's really cool seeing the cast, even the usually clothing-averse members, being  appropriately outfitted for the genre.

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    Read through it, wow! Genuinely a lot of fun and makes me miss making VNs...

    It tonally matches pretty well with the IDW comics and stays earnest throughout - it'd totally work as a standalone one-off arc or side-story, but doing it as a VN with some pretty neat mechanics and polish thrown in is definitely the best execution of this concept. 

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    7 minutes ago, Rabbitearsblog said:

    How long will this game stay on Steam?  I really want to play this game, but I'm trying to decide if I should play it today or tomorrow.

    It doesn't appear to say if it's staying up. But if it was meant as an April Fools joke, it'd be fair to assume it would still be up tomorrow. But if you immediately put it in your library, it should be permanently safe to my knowledge. I've got a game that had been removed from Steam years ago, which I can still freely download since I purchased it before the game was taken down.

    Steam has been acting weird for me so I can't test the game. I can still play my games, it's just that the store page seems to refuse to load, but it will in a browser.

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    3 minutes ago, MilesJFox said:

    It doesn't appear to say if it's staying up. But if it was meant as an April Fools joke, it'd be fair to assume it would still be up tomorrow. But if you immediately put it in your library, it should be permanently safe to my knowledge. I've got a game that had been removed from Steam years ago, which I can still freely download since I purchased it before the game was taken down.

    Steam has been acting weird for me so I can't test the game. I can still play my games, it's just that the store page seems to refuse to load, but it will in a browser.

    I just downloaded the game. Hopefully, it could stay up throughout tomorrow.

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    Good news: The game is DRM free, meaning it can be played without Steam (to my knowledge)

    In the event of the game's delisting, I'm gonna be uploading it to Archive.org for preservation purposes. @DreadknuxWould I be allowed to link the archive once it's up, since this is a free game?

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    Usually, these SEGA April Fool's games only get visually delisted (as in no Steam Store page), but they can always be downloaded by typing/pasting the steam install command into your browser. For example, this game would be steam://install/2324650.

    8-Bit Bayonetta: steam://install/567090

    Streets Of Kamurocho: steam://install/1368430

    Armor Of Heroes: steam://install/1368440

    ENDLESS Zone: steam://install/1368450

    Golden Axed: A Cancelled Prototype: steam://install/1368460

    (Bonus lol) Codename Gordon: steam://install/92

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    4 minutes ago, fink said:

    Usually, these SEGA April Fool's games only get visually delisted (as in no Steam Store page), but they can always be downloaded by typing/pasting the steam install command into your browser. For example, this game would be steam://install/2324650.

    8-Bit Bayonetta: steam://install/567090

    Streets Of Kamurocho: steam://install/1368430

    Armor Of Heroes: steam://install/1368440

    ENDLESS Zone: steam://install/1368450

    Golden Axed: A Cancelled Prototype: steam://install/1368460

    (Bonus lol) Codename Gordon: steam://install/92

    That's true, but I don't think everyone knows this, so I'm archiving this just to be safe

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