Sonic AGES SAGE 2017 Alpha

Project Overview

Latest download is Also on the offsite here.
I'll also place a download here just in case something happens on the other website.

Join the Discord if you'd like more information on Sonic AGES(or Battlecross FEVER cause we tend to always hang around each other in and out of work)
it's a good way to know what i'm working/fixing on.

I've set controls for keyboard and xbox 360 controller for now. i'll make it more adjustable eventually.

you can press alt+ enter to go into full screen, and adjust the window size if you want. but the resolution change should work better in the options.

Current Build: 11 - Post-SAGE Edition

Changelog
Notes: Theres a very small percentage of players who seem to experiencing their player moving on their own. most of my time has been into trying to research and solve this issue. Any extra info on this would be very useful.

This week i've focused on mostly just fixing pretty large bugs so i can resume the art and animation bits. gameplay before art, you know?
Messing around with the latest version of unity to see if everything ports over fine without bugs. seems to deliver smoother gameplay to AGES.
Also preparing online multiplayer. (only racing at the moment, unless more ideas come up)

Additions
- Linux Builds
- Mac Builds

Major changes
- Fixed that nasty control lock glitch when players couldn't regain air control on a bouncy object after losing it. http://puu.sh/xR9Hb/01b6187df2.gif
-added the basic standalone player for those that's experiencing issues with their player running around without them pressing a single button. actually this didn't fix the intended thing i was tryign to fix so im going to remove this next build.


Minor changes
- Moved some of the enemy placement so it isn't cheap anymore.
- Increased the deadzone for the 360 control stick from 0.4 to 0.7 (raised it pretty high to test things. will bring it back down soon).

Things you likely wont notice
-Updated unity from 5.5.4 to 2017.1.1 (to take advantage of faster level creation and smoother gameplay?)



Previous Builds
Build 10 - SAGE Edition

No change log here since this is the public debut.​


Major issue: If you gameover, you will have to restart your game because of a specific bug in the main menu. (i am working on it.)

OK so now that's out the way, 1st i want to apologize because the level art is still mostly placeholders because i spent most of my time on everything except that. so expect significant changes in future builds.

What this SAGE demo features.
  1. One stage to play in. (unless you count the tutorial stage)
  2. New Sonic Sprites and Animations to play with. (not everything is finished because time so expect a few rough drawings)
  3. a simply pesky enemy named Recon
Planned features- the things i plan to do after SAGE:
  1. Online Multiplayer Racing (might have that ready before the next character is ready though)
  2. Plenty of playable characters- depending on if people even like my sprites, i'll make a voting poll for the next character to add.
  3. Character outfits- so no one has to go to the prom wearing the same dress. (actually an intended feature for stage themes later)
  4. New and old extra abilities to compliment speed and skillful play. (mostly so everyone can feel balanced instead of under powered in multiplayer)
  5. New Music and Sound effects.
  6. More Stages of course with more character themes to go along with them. (you can sorta see how that will play out in the tutorial stage)
I'm only one person so i'm doing things one at a time with my handy dandy todo/tofix list so patience is the best thing i can ask for. (and food)






Below is a long story about why i'm doing this
, for anyone that happens to be really curious about a lot of unnecessary text

For a while i used to browse the sonic retro fangame forums and i'd often hear people say "im going to make an hd sonic game!" and their thread gets missing because nothing is shown for it. so i figured to myself, im going to make some hd sprites for people to use... but how would i get them to show off properly?

Along came a guy who goes by KOHCTPYKTOP on the retro forums making a sonic gameplay with Unity2D. and since i like unity and it had the freedom for what i wanted to do i was interested. Coincidentally there was some concerns for reusing Sega's assets on his engine so i figured that this is the perfect chance for me to kill 2 birds with one stone. i could help him with creating assets for his engine as well as show off my animations and sprites for people to enjoy.

So i got in contact with him and showed him bits and pieces of the decade old photoshop animations i did based off of the sonic CD animations. He was pretty up for the idea so i went ahead with it.

I was hoping to show things off at SAGE 2016 but that didn't happen.. there were things he wanted to do to the engine and there were more animations i wanted to do for sonic. so we'd decided to wait until next year and keep working.

Things are coming along pretty nicely, i was learning tiny bits of unity and how to test my animations in his engine. But then he disappeared around Janurary..

I have no idea if he's ok, if he died or been hospitalized or just quit or anything like that. and frankly i am generally worried about his wellbeing. So if you're reading this dude, please message me letting me know you're alive lol

Since my partner in crime has been missing and i don't like going back on what i said, i decided to take on the rest of everything on my own, learning more about using Unity and C# and his Realms Engine. I'm still a toddler when it comes to Unity and laying out stages for people to play on but I've been managing and learning as i go. Thankfully Jman was around to lend me his assistance whenever i ran into issues so i'm not completely alone.
I've made slight changes/additions to some of the things in his engine to help make more room for my animations.​

Screenshots and media!


Bonus Content

This is my way of showing my love for Art, Animation, Sonic and Everything SEGA.
Sonic goes through multiple SEGA games, the art and themes will change accordingly depending on the stage.
While not implemented yet, Sonic and characters will feature some unique brand new abilities for this game to give a flow to game play without making it boost easy.

why i am making this game?
I wanted to make some new hd sprites for people to use.
I now also want to do some fun things with this now that i got this far.
I also want to let other people have fun with a fun game.

Credits

The guys that created Unity and the 2D features.

mdechatech a.k.aKOHCTPYKTOP for his Sonic Realms Engine and helping me get motivated. if it wasn't for this guy i would've taken much longer to get into Unity

JMan the Unity God that helped me solve all my recent issues as i stumble around trying to learn Unity

Current Sound and Audio credits
SEGA for their sound effects​

Placeholder Music credits
Menu music - [Ungravity - Electro Extended mix] by Cashell "Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity" by SEGA
Tutorial music - [Summer Squid] by Yoko Kanno "Napple Tale" by SEGA
Stage music - [Abysmal Ball - Banquet] by Hideaki Kobayashi "Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 and 2" by SEGA's Sonic Team
Speed shoes - [Nitro Witch] by Ayako Saso "Ridge Racer 7 By NAMCO"
Invincibility music by SEGA​

Latest reviews

The animation is a sight to behold. The tutorial stage alone is great because of how original the theme is, and how cool it is to see pencils, erasers and protractors shape the level design! The gameplay itself is solid, with Sonic controlling very smoothly. My only criticism is that the main level becomes repetitive after a couple of minutes in, and I didn't feel like I was being challenged in any new ways afterwards. (More enemies and harmful obstacles might be the solution in that regard). Otherwise, really fun to try out, and I appreciate the visual humour included here and there...
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The style is really great. It includes smooth and clean graphics. I just keep replaying it because of how good it looks. Keep it up.
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I've downloaded ages and have noticed a bug that causes me to move left even while pressing nothing on keyboard or on an Xbox controller. I've attempted to delete and re-download also but have not seen improvements as i thought my pc or controller might be at fault
 
I've downloaded ages and have noticed a bug that causes me to move left even while pressing nothing on keyboard or on an Xbox controller. I've attempted to delete and re-download also but have not seen improvements as i thought my pc or controller might be at fault
I'll increase the deadzone and see if that solves the problem. if the problem still exists, please let me know. i'll push the changes with build 11. trying to get quite enough changes and push it all on Friday.
 
I've downloaded ages and have noticed a bug that causes me to move left even while pressing nothing on keyboard or on an Xbox controller. I've attempted to delete and re-download also but have not seen improvements as i thought my pc or controller might be at fault
Okay ill keep you informed
 
So there's a really annoying bug that seems to be happening with like 1% of players. basically it includes the player moving on it's own when no buttons are being pressed. please let me know if you have experienced this issue as well.
also it may be helpful if you can list what devices you were using when running the game.
 
I've downloaded ages and have noticed a bug that causes me to move left even while pressing nothing on keyboard or on an Xbox controller. I've attempted to delete and re-download also but have not seen improvements as i thought my pc or controller might be at fault
i tested it and the problem continued i have unity on my pc and i suspect that unity itself may be causing the issue so ill test it after a re install of unity hope fully that fixes the problem
 
I've downloaded ages and have noticed a bug that causes me to move left even while pressing nothing on keyboard or on an Xbox controller. I've attempted to delete and re-download also but have not seen improvements as i thought my pc or controller might be at fault
yeah i haven't solved this issue yet. most of my time on this game has been trying to figure this one out. i'll let you know when i get it fixed. so far only 3 people is having this issue, but i'm checking the unity forums and such in hopes for a solution. when i get this fixed, i can resume the rest of development on this game with little worry.
 
I've downloaded ages and have noticed a bug that causes me to move left even while pressing nothing on keyboard or on an Xbox controller. I've attempted to delete and re-download also but have not seen improvements as i thought my pc or controller might be at fault
well ive found two things. one is that if the keys were set to joystick rather than d-pad i had the issue, and two when set to d-pad up and down were reversed no matter what vertical option they were set to.
id also like to note that that VJoy was set and when i deleted this it helped for version 11 but not in version 10. In version 10 no matter if i used controller or keyboard, i had the same issue so you are stepping in the right direction.
 
I've downloaded ages and have noticed a bug that causes me to move left even while pressing nothing on keyboard or on an Xbox controller. I've attempted to delete and re-download also but have not seen improvements as i thought my pc or controller might be at fault
p.s. i found out that most of the issue was because i had VJoy installed on my pc once i uninstalled it the only issue was the joystick continuing to do so and the D-pad up and down reverse issue stated before.
Keyboard works just fine
 
I've downloaded ages and have noticed a bug that causes me to move left even while pressing nothing on keyboard or on an Xbox controller. I've attempted to delete and re-download also but have not seen improvements as i thought my pc or controller might be at fault
i FINALLY figured out this nasty bug. i'll be updating the game with the fixes next friday (figured i'd put it in with all the rest of the updates).

Also i've been wondering about this VJoy you're speaking of, exactly what is it? i was checking around unity forums and stuff and people kept bringing that up for this specific issue.
 
This Is GREAT!!!
but why Without Saves Really All Your Games Without Saves Like Sonic 2 HD You Can Work With SEGA Think About It
i have a feature for saves but seeing as there's not plenty of zones yet, i haven't made use of it. i'll put it in when i get about 3 or maybe 4 zones
 

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