We’re First with the Last Demo Video
Citing “nobody’s fault,” Tweaker has opted to discontinue the collaborative Sonic 1 Megamix ROM hack project, releasing its final incarnation.
In development since 2005, this edition includes a port to Sega CD by another well known Sonic community member, Stealth.
Tweaker posted on the matter at Sonic Retro:
We have chosen to release the work we have. The game has had many changes, including a port to the Sega CD by Stealth. There is one ISO for each region, and the game should work perfectly on hardware, with a few exceptions; a few Knuckles sections will crash the system, and the pitch adjustment in the sound test doesn’t work on hardware either. However, BRAM is fully functional, among other things. This is nowhere near what an ideal final release would be like, but there’s really nothing more to be said. The game is in a playable state, although it is stressed that this is by no means in an ideal state for a full release. There were many things we had planned but could not achieve, and these things will never be achieved.
No, the hack will not become open source. No, it will not be passed onto anyone. No, it will not be continued at a later point in time. Being a final release, bug reports are utterly useless, as are any suggestions. What you see is what you get, and hopefully you can enjoy it for what it is. I wish I could say that Team Megamix was something great and unrivaled; a team that set a precedent in the community when it came to team hacks. Unfortunately, it collapsed like all the rest, and I’m not proud of that. Hopefully you can see this for what it is and enjoy it nonetheless.
It was a wonderful experience to work on this game. It had its ups and downs, but I offer the utmost gratitude towards all the team members who stuck through when things got rough, and all the people who have ever seriously supported this project. Stress is not always easy to deal with it, but the sincere people who didn’t suck up, who didn’t demand anything, and who weren’t complete tools—all your words are sincerely appreciated. I hope it doesn’t seem like we’ve disappointed you, but we’ve certainly tried our best.
It’s nobody’s fault specifically that Team Megamix didn’t work out; I’d say that it was a collaborative effort, like all things in this project. 😛 I have to thank Stealth especially for sticking with things as long as he has… I know we don’t always get along, but hopefully we can break off this alliance on good terms. It’s probably wishful thinking, but it’s worth a shot.
The download is available now in US, EU, and Japanese formats.
If you’re on the fence with the download, perhaps the video below will be of service. Posted on Youtube by Tweaker, it shows Knuckles, once in development as an unlockable, available for play right off the bat in the new Sunny Shores Zone. Level Select and Debug modes are also available.