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  1. Here we are, the main Cancelled Sonic Game that every fan should know, the significance of Sonic X-treme is far more important then you could possibly realize. It doesn't matter if you're an SoJ, SoE, or SoA Sonic fan, because it's seemingly inevitable doom shook and changed the foundation of Sonic and it's fate as a series forever. It brought about SoJ taking back control over Sonic in terms of the games, stunning SoA Canon to only that of the Archie Comic, and with that led to the path Sonic is on today. Not only that, but Sonic X-treme's legacy, content, and even it's story has effected the series and games to this very day, if you look closely like I have you can see the grand picture of it and how it all comes together and realize the truth of the series...but I'm getting ahead of myself here, we need to look into Sonic X-treme and it's development before I can show you just what I'm talking about. Hope you're ready, cause it's going to be a bumpy ride, trust me I don't have a driver's license. ACT I: From Mobius to Mars The development of Sonic X-treme and it's legend didn't start off as X-treme, they couldn't have imagined the amount of work and struggle could have gone into this, but the pressure of this game can be felt from day one. You see, as Sonic & Knuckles was being developed Sega didn't want Sonic to lose momentum in the eye of the public, Sega's US branch Sega Technical Institute was given the task to make the next big main title after Sonic & Knuckles was released. How it started off at first though is quite different then what you would expect, in fact much like Sonic Spinball they once more used the background of a much different from the Sonic World of the games. http://info.sonicretro.org/Sonic-16 That's right, the original version of Sonic X-treme was a SatAM based game that was being developed! Would have taken place on Mobius, had Sally in it and presumably had other characters from the show. Now why didn't this come out however we can thank Yuji Naka of all people. It's been said that upon seeing this he gave the project a "thumbs down" and thus this pitch of Sonic X-treme ended up not being picked up. http://info.sonicretro.org/Untitled_STI_Sonic_Game So the in-between moments after Sonic-16's unfortunate rejection and Sonic Mars is quite sketchy, but suffice to say they once more pitched a slower paced game that you see up above, this pitch was made before Sonic 3D was ever developed, this too just like Sonic-16 was also rejected. Afterwards however the saying 3rd times the charm would be true in a sense as it's 3rd incarnation would be green-lit... http://info.sonicretro.org/Sonic_Mars Sonic Mars, originally developed for the Sega 32X was that charm, the only one of the 16-bit era to be green lit this one was developed a lot more then previous pitches. A script regarding the game play, story, and playable characters we're all developed and they managed to get something working with it. The initial plan is that Sonic has to venture to a place called Mirco Mobius that Robotnik is trying to take over and has also kidnapped Tails, Knuckles, Sally, and Bunnie, all of which would have been playable including newcomer and rival to Sally for Sonic's Affection Tiara Boobowski (known as Cyberoowski at the time). If this material got out this would have put more power and narrative to a more SoA/Mobius Canon, however none of this was meant to be. When Yuji Naka got a glimpse of their work at one point he could only sake his head and state, "good luck". Internal Conflicts came ahead as lead designer Michael Kosaka and game director Dean Lester, what sort of conflict and such details aren't known but regardless this lead to Kosaka leaving in 1995, soon after that with no lead designer an inexperienced Chris Senn was given the job as lead designer, at the same time some big changes were coming with the Sega Saturn in tow development for the game was transferred over to it and sadly in turn all SatAM elements were dropped as well, sadly Sally and Bunnie as well as Mobius didn't make the cut, leading to several different game and stories being pitched as it slowly start to take form to what we know of it today, however at the cost of a more SoA canon. Sonic Mars was no more, during this transitional period several story pitches were made, eventually only one would be selected along with a new title for this game, known as Sonic X-treme. Much like Sonic Mars however it would have a troubling development, much more so then whatever conflicts Kosaka and Lester had... ACT II: The X-treme Factor http://info.sonicretro.org/Sonic_X-treme After a troubling development cycle, Chris Senn was given Kosaka's job as lead designer despite being inexperience and never having this sort of position before. Despite that work went by quick to develop the newly titled Sonic X-treme as the Saturn was being released with development spilt into two teams, one by Chris Senn and programmer Ofer Alon who developed the main game with the world and levels while the second team lead by Chris Coffin who made the engine for the boss fights. It seemed like everything was set in stone as both teams were watched by developer Mike Wallis, both smaller teams were meant to make things easier but in turn made things much more difficult with much confusion and miscommunication between both teams. Ofer's engine was originally developed for the Macintosh, however to make things much easier and to develop it for the saturn it was switched over to the PC. Now their gameplay worked just fine on the PC, just as how it was suppose to, however when they attempted to port it to the Sega Saturn was not great, the earliest ports having the game's frame rate around three to four FPS. With a bunch of delays in internal strife once more prominent Sega decided to bring in outside assistance. A new company known as Point of View were brought in to help development for the game, however as it turns out this only made development even worse. They took over programming for the game, originally they were meant to port Ofer's work to the Saturn what ended up happening was Ofer being demoted. Both Senn and Alon were rather livid about this as POV became another component to Sonic X-treme and making things somehow even worse then before. POV basically started from scratch by porting an older version of the game engine to the Saturn, they had just as much difficulty as Alon did in turn. What became the catalyst for Sonic X-treme happened in March of 1996, with Sega of Japan representatives along with then president of SoJ Hayao Nakayama. Time was not on their side, for Chris and Ofer nor POV were ready for this, however Chris and Ofer had much more work on their engine and along with POV both were going to show what they have. In a twist of fate however Chris and Ofer were late to the meeting,when SoJ got there all they saw were POV's work. Needless to say Nakayama was furious at their work, he essentially threw a hissy fit at POV's results unaware of Chris and Ofer's Engine and work. He told STI to make the rest of the game like what was shown from the Boss Engine. Chris got there earlier then Ofer but couldn't delay them, thus SoJ was gone by the time Ofer got there. Due to Nakayama's irrational decision the main gameplay of Sonic X-treme was no more, rejected. With a Christmas release near by and Ofer's work dropped the situation grew bleaker and desperate, SoA looked upon the engine of Nights into Dreams as a last hope, however once more SoJ would prevent this effort as well... ACT III: The Condor's Call, Naka's Deception In a last ditch effort CEO of SoA at the time Burnie Stolar asked Sega if they could used the Nights into Dreams engine as Sonic X-treme Team was desperate for tools, an engine, and very short on time. Luckily for them they got the engine and were quite adapt with it quickly learning how it works within two weeks. This last ditch effort to make Sonic X-treme was known as Project Condor, however this effort proved to be in vain as another piece of SoJ once more prevented the game's completion, this time coming directly from Sonic Team. Yuji Naka became aware of their endeavor with using his engine to make their game, rather then being sympathetic with their cause despite telling this team once before "good luck" he was not happy that they were using his work without his permission and threatened Sega that he would quit if they continued their work with the Nights Engine. Because of SoJ once more, Sonic X-treme was once again brought back to square one. Chris Senn worked tirelessly to make the game a reality, living in his office, sleeping in it, working night and day as the end date grew ever closer. The strain of the project became too much as he was told by Doctor's on August of 1996 he had approximately 6 months to live if he kept this up, and so Chris Senn dropped out of the project, they weren't going to make the dead line. In the end Sonic X-treme was no more, despite one more shot at making the game only for the PC that attempt was also rejected. Chris and Ofer's work would never be released, the game was to never be made, The nail in the coffin was Ofer, sick of his treatment by the company, left Sega and never looked back. Thus brought an end of an era. ACT IV: Hidden Mythos: The Truth of Sonic X-treme We know all this, I mean you can see the links and read the story yourself of how it all came to be, but what's not talked about when it comes to Sonic X-treme is it's story, all the lore that was developed during it's creation that seems to be ignored by all, even the most hardcore fans can barely recall what was going to happen in-game. So what was going to happen, how many stories could there possibly have been? http://info.sonicretro.org/Sonic_X-treme_storylines Quite a number of them, Sonic Mars aside there we're 6 other pitches alone regarding Sonic X-treme each under a different name. Now in the beginning I mentioned this "truth" regarding Sonic X-treme, that applies to the story as by reading them you slowly realize this, Sonic X-treme became the basis for many Sonic titles after it's cancellation. This crosses a bit more into speculation, but you too can see the lines connect. In the pitches known as Sonic Saturn and Sonic Doom, both have the common theme of the Master Emerald end up breaking and releasing an ancient evil....MUCH like that of Sonic Adventure 1. While the takes on it are slightly different the inspiration of it can't be ignored, I would go so far to say that Sonic Team saw this script and took inspiration from it to make Sonic Adventure. Though Sonic Doom's ChaosDoom does things quite differently then Sonic Adventure's Chaos I'd say there's more to it then that, notice the name ChaosDoom...could it be that ChaosDoom itself became the inspiration for Black Doom and The Black Arms? ChaosDoom seems more alien in a few ways then Chaos is after all. Enemies and bosses who use elements are few and far between within Sonic after X-treme but are around such as Chaos and Iblis of course, Blaze and Zeena could also be argued that they are "Element Keepers" in a way. Lastly the final story line for Sonic X-treme is very much like Sonic Colors with planetoids being taken over by Robotnik and aliens called "Mips" instead of Wisps. And lest we forget how similar the gameplay's esthetics are to that of the game Sonic Lost World, I would go so far to say Sega and Sonic Team have used Sonic X-treme's concepts throughout the years sparingly, which isn't that big of a claim as companies do use older works from time to time and make something new out of it, in Sonic X-treme's case I would say that is in fact the case. The Truth is even to this day Sonic X-treme and it's concepts have been used and seen throughout the years, while we were all unaware of this the whole time. It's because of Sonic X-treme and it's cancellation that this has come to pass, that we are where we are today due to this game's Lost Legacy. ACT V: Aftermath. After everything we've seen what more can we say? Sega of Japan and Sega in general seemed to have had a bias to the project from the start, why even give such a project to STI in the first place? Why did Sonic Team not make any Sonic game during that era anyway? Sonic Team as far as I know wanted to take a break from Sonic, hence why we saw games like NiGHTS into Dreams and Burning Rangers, that's my reasoning on why STI we're given the go for the next big Sonic game. Could things have been different had any of these games came out? Would SatAM be more prominent had Sonic-16 been made without Naka's vote of no confidence? Could Sonic Mars make the Sega 32X a hit? Had Senn and Alon made it in time could have Sonic X-treme be saved? Who can say, we may never have those answers, around that time during the Saturn Era meant that SoJ slowly took control back from SoA and took reigns on everything. This transitional period I'd say not only doomed Sega's Console endeavors but Sonic X-treme as well. It seemed like SoJ just wanted everything while breaking SoA down despite how much success they had, such a discussion is a tale for another day. What can be said is that Sonic X-treme should never be forgotten, as all of it's story in it's development and lore should be known so that future generations can learn from those mistakes, because had it been completed as intended we could have had a much different Sonic then we do today. I don't know if Sonic X-treme would have been that good of a game had it come out but I would have liked to see a world where it got to be on store shelves, on PC, in Sega Re-releases. Some fans have attempted in remaking Sonic X-treme over the years but nothing but only a few demos have come out from it, we have gotten concept art, music, textures, and a bunch of work from it though, we may never get all of it or Oler's Engine, we may never get the whole story from everyone's perspective even. But we must keep it's legend alive, alive so that fans everywhere can know what happened and what could have been. http://info.sonicretro.org/Sonic_Saturn http://info.sonicretro.org/Sonic_Xtreme_Compendium I didn't mention Sonic Saturn because I believe it to be some sort of form of Sonic X-treme, but it's details on that are extremely unclear even to me, it seems likely though. Chris Senn for the longest time had a site dedicated to giving fans the knowledge and what he had on Sonic X-treme during his time on the project. The site got show down years ago but it's content is available for download and pieces of concept art are all around online. Sega may have wanted you to forget about Sonic X-treme, but I won't let it be forgotten, and I'm glad I wrote this topic down for everyone here. Thank you for your time and have a good one. So with that all said and finally done, which of these incarnations would you guys have liked to seen and play, Sonic-16? Sonic Mars? Sonic Doom? Sonic X-treme? Let me know your thoughts and views everybody, keep X-treme alive!
  2. It has come to my attention that many of you have never read Sonic's UK Comic equivalent to Archie Sonic, that being the famous and amazing Sonic The Comic, published by Fleetway around the same year, if not earlier then Archie Sonic. It has been talked about but never really looked into by many in the fandom despite a good chunk of the characters being somewhat well known, however today I'll finally enlighten you all to what I consider the best Sonic comic ever made. The comic itself doesn't go in an exact order at first, but I'll give you a brief low down on what it's about. The story is quite a contrast to other Sonic Stories released at the time, as it's origins come from SoA's Sonic Bible, when a kind scientist named Dr. Ovi Kintobor finds a brown hedgehog named Sonic they quickly hit it off. During that time two experiments go awry, Sonic uses Kintobor's new power sneakers and during a lab incident becomes the Super Fast Blue Hedgehog we come to know of. When Kintobor is testing an experiment out with the (then known) 6 Chaos Emeralds, upon tripping on a cord with a rotten egg in hand, he turns into the demented and insane Dr. Ivo Robotnik. Afterwards Sonic then has to stop his former friend from turning all the inhabitants into his Badnik Army and stop him from taking over Mobius. Sonic does so multiple times with two special occasions being the events on Sonic 1 and 2, literally. Along the way he ends up befriending Miles "Tails" Prower, or Pixel Brain as Sonic loves to poke fun at him, Johnny Lightfoot, the straight man of the group, and Porker Lewis, the always nervous techie of the group. After a few issues Sonic tells his friends what made Sonic and Robotnik who they are, when Robotnik ends up pulling a fast one of them and sends them 6 months into the future, where all of Mobius is offically Ruled By Robotnik, or RBR as it's known as. After that they officially form The Freedom Fighters, lead by Sonic to take Robotnik down and free Mobius. Sounds MUCH different then what your used to doesn't it? They end up recruiting new Freedom Fighters and allies along the way, such as Amy Rose who is unlike any other Pink Hedgehog you know of, the short tempered Shortfuse the Cybernik, and another techie Tekno the Canary. Along the way they meet Knuckles the Echidna, and fight against Metallix the Metal Sonic. There's a lot more to the series as well with different story arcs, new strange worlds, and a bunch more familiar and new characters alike. You really gotta check this series out on your own and discover what it holds, that little synopsis up there doesn't do it justice. Granted the series isn't perfect and there are some later issues or so that aren't up to par with the rest of the series, but it's a small price to pay for a mostly consistently great series. If your afraid that it will have similar problems to Archie Sonic did during it's run then do I have good news for you, I'm happy to say that STC has none of the problems Archie Sonic has or had, which is a breath of fresh air. Now there are some sillier moments here and there, I mean the origins of Sonic and Robotnik here are pretty ridiculous, but it's a small price to pay and can even be charming at times. Plus in earlier issues and throughout the series until later on you get Game Reviews, Articles, and even comics based off of other Sega Games! Like Shinobi, Ecco the Dolphin, Wonder Boy, Streets of Rage, and most popular of all in STC...Decap Attack! You get a lot of variety in STC, and it all ends up great overall. The series however ended up suffering a slow death after the last story arc and ended up doomed to reprints of past stories until it's end in issue 223, and most criminal of all STC has never seen any offical release...however... Years ago some fans got together and scanned every single issue and what few specials there were and posted them online, and when their site went down the series lived on from each file sharing and comic reading site, but officially out of publication. Now with many of you I assume who have never read this amazing series or know where to find them...I can't let that happen... https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jurwh3wy4k7yawx/AAAvXGPuL5EKmCCpMBbzm0Hna?dl=0 That's right, I have it, The Complete Series available and ready to read just for you guys! Why else would the title of this be Sonic The Comic: The Complete Series? Right now you can download and read every issue of STC as it was intended, with all bonuses and Special Issues included. I refuse to let the Original Series die out, and you should too! So get on reading and enjoy the canon Sega wants you to forget. But that's not all! Nope, see 10 or so years back fans of STC couldn't let the world they grew up on in The UK die out, so the fans struck back and made their own continuation of STC known as Sonic The Comic Online. http://www.stconline.co.uk/ You can't keep a good series down, so much so that the former creators have even done some work on it as well and gave their blessing to it, making it what many call The Offical Unoffical Continuation of STC that continues on to this day. That is AMAZING to me, this is the canon that refuses to die! I can easily do an analysis on STC and what STC-O has so far, but perhaps that's a time for another day. If I may though, I will say how STC stands up overall, to me this is The Equal to SatAM in terms of importance, quality, and how good it is. I DO NOT say that lightly. I cannot recommend this series more then I already have, and I urge you my fellow Free Scribes to read what you may have missed for so long. To a Free Mobius! [Disclaimer: If Sega ends up somehow re-releasing Sonic The Comic - support the offical release.]
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