With so much pomp and circumstance surrounding the annual SAGE in the Fall, it’s easy to forget that for the most dedicated, fan game development is a year-round effort.
In the case of Sonic Classic 2, it’s a multi-year long effort.
Earlier this month, Hez, who began development on Classic 2 in 2011, afforded a lengthy video update of where things stand on the fan game. We last covered the status of Classic 2 in 2014, and now, according to Hez, he has plans to release a finished product later this year:
I think I finally decided on something. I’ll release 2, potentially 3 versions.
Sonic Classic 2
Sonic Classic 2 Plus+ (Working on a better name now, as I don’t want to steal manias)
Sonic Classic 2 & Fang (Harde har har, a play on S3k obviously. This would just be the above version with an Sonic and Knuckles like addition. Basically the scrapped 3-4 concept levels I had planned and potentially releasing online mode in this version if its not polished enough by the Plus+ release date)
So basically Plus+ would have Sonic 2 added and a more robust “encore” mode. I’d add 5 more red rings (blue ones?!) per stage to find to unlock these.
Hez talked about the potential releases as a way to better solidify what he called “nice-to-haves” earlier in the month, which included online play and a complete in-game re-creation of Sonic 2.
You can see some of that work in an extended video showcasing the latest edition of Sonic Classic 2 below. If a release does happen this year, it could become one of the community’s most anticipated projects.