Supposed to be out tomorrow for five bucks
on iOS, Android, XBLA, and PSN (in europe) at least. In case any of you haven't been keeping up, this is not one of Backbone's bloated hack jobs; Sega licensed The Taxman's devtools (that he originally made for fangames
, but then took them commercial) and hired him to build Sonic CD from scratch. The result appears nigh dead-on accurate to the original, plus slick extras and both soundtracks!
A proper demonstration here:http://www.4shared.com/video/C5cXpSr1/sonic_cd_xbla_preview.html
There was a legal problem of some sort with the lyrics in the japanese vocal themes, so those are instrumental only. Notice also that the special stages are smoother than ever with UFOs that don't use faked sprite scaling... which i'm not sure I agree with, but ok. (I do hope he removes that self-plug in the startup sequence; when you have a menu option called "STAFF CREDITS" how much ego stroking do you need?) I hear that the BGM for both soundtracks now loop too, though whether the loops are any good appears, well, highly debatable.
At any rate, it's probably a polished release for a goddamn change and I think I want it. $5 is stunning coming from the company that belched out vomit like Sonic 4 Ep 1 for $15. Who's biting?
Also, Kazuyuki Hoshino and the world's most bored narrarator flip through old concept sketches from CD's development while he hopes you'll keep an eye out for details that aren't even in the freaking game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEZkrXaBkl0