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Sonic Mania (August 15th 2017, Christian Whitehead, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch) - The New Classic

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The fact that he took it down is telling. Could it be that we're getting an animated intro similar to Sonic CD? Who knows, but I certainly hope so. 

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25 minutes ago, -Ace- said:

From what I can hear GHZ act 2 is sounding cleeeeeean!

Welp there you go. This would be a fresher build than what we've been seeing. GHZ Act 2 music is included, as is star portals appearing above sign posts. Also if this is anything to go off of, Act 2 remixes will be wildly different from Act 1.

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2 hours ago, Gabe said:

Absolutely amazing animation, love it. It's like the Sonic Mega Drive comic got animated. Official stuff like this for Mania would be incredible.

By the by, that Hard-Boiled Heavy looks like the one hiding in the background for Mirage Saloon, you can tell by the helmet shape and the cape.

The tumblr blog the animation is sourced from belongs to Max Collins, who according to his bio is an animator for Studio Yotta and a storyboard artist at CN (A lot of his recent sketches/artwork are for the network's O.K. KO! Let's Be Heroes, formerly known as Lakewood Turbo Plaza).

Something worth pointing out is that the design for the Hard-Boiled Heavy looks pretty complete, even though the enemy hasn't been officially revealed in full yet. Did he do some guesswork / take creative liberties? Or is this animation part of something bigger yet to be revealed (especially given that he took the original post down)?

May be wishful thinking, but you never know...

A professional animator puts up clearly unfinished, nonetheless high-quality CD-style animation, featuring currently unrevealed design elements of a known character, for a retro Sonic game which is embracing the best of the classic series, and then immediately takes it down...  Everything about this points to it very possibly leaking the existence of a CD-style animated intro for Mania, or some similar promotional device.

We probably aren't paying enough attention to this.  But on the other hand, it might actually be better to keep quiet about it, not just in case the speculation is wrong but because it would be an amazing surprise.

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2 hours ago, -Ace- said:

From what I can hear GHZ act 2 is sounding cleeeeeean!

Oh god this is amazing, I think this may become my favorite rendition of Green Hill's theme (I'll wait for a high quality version before being sure)

Really hyped to hear Flying Battery's Act 2 theme now

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I actually thought we were gonna see the boss. God Dangit!

the remix is sounding amazing !

Also, the heavy in the animation looks a lot like the Mirage Saloon Heavy

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That act two video actually showed me something interesting. 

I don't know why, but I never considered that the Drop Dash could be used to propel Sonic in the same direction he is already going. The thought never crossed my mind that you could use it like a speed boost when you hit the ground. I feel a little silly that I didn't wrap my head around that, but seeing it in motion is something else.

Spamming that sucker would make for some interesting speedruns...

4 hours ago, Woun said:

 

Man the Mania site is stylish. Thanks for the update Woun.

You guys should check it out. There is even a Studiopolis screenshot showing off the Police themed Hardboiled Heavy in action.

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That robot used in Max Collin's animation does resemble a certain boss that was teased at SXSW:

 

You could say that maybe he did the robot's design based on the silhouette art from SEGA but if that's the case, why did he remove the animation from his tumblr? 

 

EDIT: If SEGA requested him to make this animation, I'm going to guess that it's for a commercial.

 

EDIT 2: Nvm, that's the boss from Mirage Saloon.

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18 minutes ago, FReaK said:

every new update we get is making the waiting game even worse. I really dig that GHZ2 mix, you can really tell who made it.

God yes.

With that gorgeous sounding remix and maybe Sonic CD inspired intro/ending animations, every bit of new info leaves me hungry for more. We may have to wait a couple of months before we can play it but boy it's gonna be worth the wait.

 

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Dat Green Hill Act 2 remix.

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IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!

I'm really loving the palmtree panic vibe. it fits the level very well. Though I will admit, I am a tad bit disapointed that the commentary couldn't let us hear the whole song.

But the music we did get to hear was definitely amazing, and now it's already up there alongside Sunset Hill and Modern Green Hill as my favorite remix of the song. 

Oh yeah and the Japanese site looks amazing as well.

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4 hours ago, FFWF said:

A professional animator puts up clearly unfinished, nonetheless high-quality CD-style animation, featuring currently unrevealed design elements of a known character, for a retro Sonic game which is embracing the best of the classic series, and then immediately takes it down...  Everything about this points to it very possibly leaking the existence of a CD-style animated intro for Mania, or some similar promotional device.

We probably aren't paying enough attention to this.  But on the other hand, it might actually be better to keep quiet about it, not just in case the speculation is wrong but because it would be an amazing surprise.

....oops

Spoiler

I haven't got any sleep because my notifications blew up that much

Like holy shit man!

 

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I must not hear the remix because I'm going spoiler free.

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AH WHO AM I KIDDING GIVE IT TO ME!

 

It's Green Hill GOOD FUTURE! I LOVE IT!

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I ripped the art from the website and made a little something!  

By the way, that Green Hill act 2 sounds great. Very nice music, I love Tee!

 

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I ripped the renders from the website, they are different images composed by the website itself. For the backdrop objects, I had to recreate the rectangles and the circles! It was fun! 

EDIT: Just uploaded the lossless versions on MEGA, since imgur was doing some compression, have fun!

https://mega.nz/#!p0ojQA4K!-MDvy28kzJBcAIka4xw5fIQof0KxuIG-sQycIHRbPJg

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Hey... Hey guys... Get a load of this...

You know how awesome Green Hill Zone sounds in Act 1, and even MORE incredible in Act 2...?

Now, imagine how generic it will sound in Forces, and how bad it will be if it's on par with the graphics/detail of Forces version of Green Hill...

lol

Tee and Whitehead hyping us up, while Sonic Team will rip us a new one right after.

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8 hours ago, Depression Kong said:

Stop reminding me that there will never be a full series based on CD's cutscenes.

Never!!

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But really I'm right there with you. It is rather interesting that Max Collins removed it from his blog but who knows what that indicates besides him? 

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8 minutes ago, Chris Knopps said:

Hey... Hey guys... Get a load of this...

You know how awesome Green Hill Zone sounds in Act 1, and even MORE incredible in Act 2...?

Now, imagine how generic it will sound in Forces, and how bad it will be if it's on par with the graphics/detail of Forces version of Green Hill...

lol

Tee and Whitehead hyping us up, while Sonic Team will rip us a new one right after.

A version of Green Hill in the style of Sonic Runners? I'd say that'd be pretty awesome.

Act 2 is sounding great!

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1 hour ago, Sonikko said:

I ripped the art from the website and made a little something!  

By the way, that Green Hill act 2 sounds great. Very nice music, I love Tee!

 

XDmCqXq.jpg

jqG8fy0.jpg

I ripped the renders from the website, they are different images composed by the website itself. For the backdrop objects, I had to recreate the rectangles and the circles! It was fun! 

EDIT: Just uploaded the lossless versions on MEGA, since imgur was doing some compression, have fun!

https://mega.nz/#!p0ojQA4K!-MDvy28kzJBcAIka4xw5fIQof0KxuIG-sQycIHRbPJg

Updated the post with 3 more backgrounds:

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https://mega.nz/#!p0ojQA4K!-MDvy28kzJBcAIka4xw5fIQof0KxuIG-sQycIHRbPJg

Lossless versions in the MEGA link! These come from a piece of merchandise that only exists in Japan.  Unfortunately I have no access to higher res artworks, so I'm stuck at a 1080p resolution.

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1 hour ago, Chris Knopps said:

You know how awesome Green Hill Zone sounds in Act 1, and even MORE incredible in Act 2...?

Now, imagine how generic it will sound in Forces, and how bad it will be if it's on par with the graphics/detail of Forces version of Green Hill...

The main theme and the level track from Modern Sonic's gameplay are indication enough that Ohtani's going with the same style and effort as Runners. He's not taking the piss like he was in Lost World. Even if Green Hill itself is as abysmally designed as it appears, I'm 99% sure the music will be as good as ever.

Tee Lopes and Tomoya Ohtani are both talented and unique composers but for completely different reasons. Both of their songs have elements that make them immediately stand out from other Sonic composers of similar styles (Ohtani's guitar is less prevalent than Senoe's (unless you're Lost World in which case you're only in the blandest song in the game), Lopes uses trumpets more than Hataya, etc.)

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Sonic Forces could be the most putrid shitstain of a game ever made, but it's a Sonic game. Good music is the one thing that's practically guaranteed. 

Anyway, GHZ Act 2 gives me 3D Blast Saturn vibes, and to a lesser extent NiGHTS vibes. Those are the best kind of vibes I could possibly get from Sonic music. 

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1 hour ago, Chris Knopps said:

Now, imagine how generic it will sound in Forces, and how bad it will be if it's on par with the graphics/detail of Forces version of Green Hill...

With Ohtani doing the music? I don't think so, graphics wise is still up in the air.

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