Online Spectators Planned, But So’s Some Purging
Late last week, the creators behind the next edition of Sonic Robo Blast 2 hinted they are “close in proximity” to the next major release–this, according to the official SRB2 page.
With the new version will come some changes, according to Sonic Team Jr. team member Spazzo. Most of the listed bullet points is bad news for anyone trying to use a legacy edition on SRB2’s Master Server, or anyone who has a standing record for the game. But it’s good news for those who were banned from that server, as they’ll get a second chance to prove themselves:
- As a result of the MS Reform, we can no longer provide legacy support for older SRB2 versions on the Master Server. In other words, upon launch, no official/unofficial version of SRB2 prior to v2.0.5 will be compatible with the MS. Attempting to connect to the MS with these versions will result in the game locking up. This includes v2.0.4 (and all of its respective EXE mods), 1.09.X, SRB2JTE, and any other version you can think of. There’s nothing we can do to retain compatibility with the new MS, so you’re just going to have to play over IP.
- The Master Server banlist will be purged at launch. Since we are rewriting the MS rules, it makes sense to clean the slate of those stuck beneath our old rules.
- The old “reporting” system has been redone from scratch to suit the needs of the new Master Server, and has been completely integrated with our message board software.
- I’d also like to take this moment to discourage those who go around and join netgames for the sole purpose of finding a server to file a complaint about. We are redesigning the MS rules with this goal in mind, and hope that the complaint box will be used only when absolutely necessary.
- Due to the changes to the IWAD and the in-game physics, all time attack records and demos will be invalid.
- Oogaland’s SRB2 Launcher (not to be confused with the launcher on the download page) will not be compatible with v2.0.5, and will cease to function after its release.
Complementing the news were a couple of videos showing off the new build, and you can see those below. One of them affirms spectator support for online multiplayer bouts. You can see the mechanism in action while traveling through the Frost Columns Zone. The second video shows off a bit of a secret for those who dare to seek it out. Check them out below.