That e-mail that started it all…

Lots of people have asked me to just publish the e-mail that I was sent in full. Well, hit the jump to read it.

Hello Segabits staff,

I cannot give my real name for legal reasons, but I feel that it is my duty to pass on this information, not doing so would be an insult to the Sonic fanbase.

I have some leaked information regarding Sonic 4 Episode 2, this is your chance to launch a media storm before the likes of the SSMB and TSSZ News.

I have obtained access to a prototype build via the Xbox Live PARTNERNET program, and what is concerning is that the physics are exactly the same as they were in Episode 1. Yes, letting go of the stick makes Sonic drop like a brick. The reason I am telling you this information is that if it is out in the open, the fans will have a chance to speak out and make Sega delay the game. I am worried if it is left too late Sega will push out yet another disappointing software product.

The prototype build contains 5 Zones, but some are missing an Act 2 or 3 (loading some stages simply gives you an unfinished map- Sonic standing on a single level tile). There is one new music track which is clearly composed by Senoue, (heard in Act 1) but all the other stages use Splash Hill Zone as a place holder.

I am going to upload footage on YouTube tomorrow at my own risk, but I feel leaking this is necessary for the Sonic fanbase since Sega needs to get their act together and improve the product before they reach the next development phase that will obstruct them from doing so.

I can give you a couple of bullet points regarding the specifics and some specific issues:

-The first stage is titled Cryptic Clock Zone, set in a dark moonlit stonehenge like area. Metal Sonic appears out of time holes and drops beetle Badniks in front of the player.

-You can select either Sonic or Tails before loading the first stage, but selecting Tails simply grants you playing as Sonic with a Tails life icon and ‘Tails got through Act X’ messages.

-Springs are still automated, you cannot alter Sonic’s horizontal position until late after bouncing, and diagonal springs remove all control from the player.

-Rolling is extremely sluggish and charging the Spin Dash does not grant you extra speed upon release.

-The level design consists of many bottomless pit areas and failing to avoid Metal Sonic after he teleports usually results in death.

-If a beetle Badnik collides with Sonic after he has already been hit, he instantly loses a life.

-Flying bee Badniks leave behind turbulence that Sonic can grind on, making the level even more automated.

There is lots more, I will be uploading a video under the account name FixSonic4E2 tomorrow.

Thank you for your time,

Regards,

A passionate Sonic fan.

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22 responses to “That e-mail that started it all…

  1. Zoyous says:

    This all sounds like a bunch of crap to me. Somebody’s trying to set you up the bomb.

  2. UndeadShogun says:

    LOL, thought it was fake the second I saw “Flying bee Badniks leave behind turbulence that Sonic can grind on”. So are we getting a 2D Sonic Riders or what? But in all seriousness.. I don’t believe any of this for a second. The fact that he points out level design consisting of many bottomless pits just sounds like fuel to make fans rage to me. I’ll believe it when I see it I guess.. just sounds waaaaay too gimmicky, even for Sega’s taste..

  3. SEGA MAN says:

    Yeah I’m going to have to agree, it seems fake. “Metal Sonic appears out of time holes and drops beetle Badniks in front of the player.” <– That's what makes me seem like it's fake, like UndeadShogun said, this seems way too gimmicky, even for SEGA.

  4. Upsidedown Fuji says:

    Sounds like a hoax but I agree the same physics will most likely be in episode 2. Still, it doesn’t take an “insider” to tell you that. I’d dismiss this annonymous email as a fake.

  5. Exu says:

    Should have posted this under Fanfiction.

  6. teirusu says:

    this is so fake segabits shouldn’t beleive every email that someone sends for example i have sonic xtreme the metal sonic boss fight beta the fights its in night city zone come on you guys you shouldn’t believe this things

  7. sonicplayer says:

    this is fake, i mean come on get hit once get hurt, get hit twice (with rings) and die, no plus the youtube account doesn’t exist i just searched it up on youtube

  8. geebee says:

    Could be legit. I happened to play Daytona USA on Partnernet before it was officially announced and I remember that version being extremely close to the finished product. They really need to come through with video footage to be taken seriously, though. Especially if they want fans to voice an opinion..

  9. CrazyTails says:

    EVerything I read in that email sounds crap

  10. Pao says:

    The leaked level list for Generations smelled like BS too… Well, look what we got.

    In short, never underestimate Sonic Team.

  11. MatrixEvolution17 says:

    I guess all will be revealed when he uploads the video that will get taken down after two seconds.

  12. Sharky says:

    “this is so fake segabits shouldn’t beleive every email that someone sends”

    We get fake emails constantly… Trust me we delete 99% of them.

  13. Nuzamaki90 says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCRXRZY9elM First theme for Cryptic Clock Zone, I’m gonna take this as a grain of salt because the tuning does not sound like Senuoe to me :/

  14. sonicplayer says:

    You know there is one last detail that tells me this is fake. “I have some leaked information regarding Sonic 4 Episode 2, this is your chance to launch a media storm before the likes of the SSMB and TSSZ News.”
    Come on i mean yes i guess it happen, but no one would give info like this to one media outlet, no he/she would start their own

  15. Blue Wisp says:

    http://www.youtube.com/FixSonic4E2

    You’ve been scammed, SEGABits 😐

    • George says:

      Yes, someone made a youtube account earlier today. Before I published everything, there was no account under that name.

      Now that I obviously published the name ‘FixSonic4E2’, someone thought it would be funny to post trolling videos.

      Anyway, yeah, the rumor is false and we are working on a follow up post.

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