Backstage with Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Game Players Sega Guide, December 1992)

From Sonic Retro

Backstage with Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a six page preview of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in the December 1992 issue of Game Players Sega Guide. It explains the development process of making Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and makes mention of the early name for Sonic the Hedgehog CD called Sonic the Hedgehog 2 CD.


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Using the Sonic 2 script, graphic artists began drawing what each character, background, and zone should look like. Then storyboards were drawn, and these were transferred to computer by a team of programmers.

Six to seven months after the initial game overview, the first playable demo of the game was complete. This demo offered a rough idea of what one of the two zones of Sonic 2 would eventually look like -but without sound effects, music, or final detail. Focus groups were then assembled and asked to play the demo to decide what they did and didn't like.

Based on the input from the focus groups, an "alpha-stage" version of the game was created. This was a working model of Sonic 2, with all the acts and zones. At this point, about 80 percent of the actual programming was complete.

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The main Sonic Development Team includes about 20 people, but over 100 people spent more than a full year creating, testing, manufacturing, and marketing Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega video game systems!
But get ready for non-stop, all-new action in Aquatic Ruin Zone, Metropolis Zone, Hill Top Zone, Hidden Palace Zone, Oil Ocean Zone, Dust Hill Zone, Casino Night Zone, Chemical Plant Zone, Neo Green Zone -- and finally, Death Egg Zone.
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