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Prototype

From Sonic Retro

A prototype is a stage of design before the final one. Prototype video games are created during development for playtesting and bug reporting purposes. Usually, a prototype game doesn't leave the developers' offices, but occasionally one finds its way out and onto the internet.

Prototypical stages

  • Pre-Alpha: Only used in certain games for very early development
  • Alpha: All the development up to beta
  • Beta: All major game modes and features are closed; game is now being heavily tested for bugs by SOA's QA
  • Final/Gold: Finished and sold product

Examples of well-known prototypes

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Prereleases
Nick Arcade Prototype | "Wai" Prototype | Beta 4 | Beta 5 | Beta 6 | Beta 7 | Beta 8
Sonic the Hedgehog CD Prereleases
510 | 712 | 806 | 920
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Prereleases
0408 | 0517 | Limited Edition | EPROM prototype
Sonic & Knuckles Prereleases
0525 | 0606 | 0608 | 0610 | 0612 | 0618 | 0619
Chaotix Prereleases
Crackers | 1207 | 1227 | 1229 | 0111 | 0119 | 0202 | 0208 | 0209 | 0210 | 0213 | 0214 | 0216
Sonic 3D Prereleases
73 | 814 | 2006 Cartridge dump | 819 | 825 | 830 | 831 | 94 | Saturn Tech Demo