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LoganA 03-15-2014 06:30 PM

Version 2.1 Release
Posted by Mystic on 03-15-2014 05:55 PM.


SRB2 v2.1 has finally been released! Yes, really! Head on over to the download page to download it. This is a new installation entirely, so you probably will want to place it in a new folder entirely instead of overwriting your previous installation.* Do note that as with every major release, we are only giving out a torrent download for the first day.

Read on for an overview of the changes in the new version:

  • The collision detection has been improved and can now handle speeds beyond the previous limitations. Super Sneakers and spin dashing have been dramatically sped up as a result.
  • Many bugs involving the controls beyond normal maximum speed have been fixed. This should make the controls feel more responsive when moving extremely fast.
  • When holding back, the character now skids to visually and audibly demonstrate that simply letting go of forward doesn’t slow the player down as much as reversing direction.
  • Dropped rings now travel farther and become harder to recover when taking repetitive hits.
  • Knuckles has been updated with lavish new sprites.
  • Monitors have all-new sprites, and shields now all have individual sprites instead of being palette swaps of each other.
  • You can now record Animated GIFs in-game.
Single Player
  • Techno Hill Zone Act 1 and Castle Eggman Zone Act 2 have been dramatically updated.
  • Techno Hill Zone Act 2 has been replaced with an all-new act.
  • Castle Eggman Zone Act 3 has been added with an all-new boss.
  • The special stages have been completely replaced with new stages based on NiGHTS into Dreams.
  • All the rest of the stages have been given a fresh coat of polish.
  • The final boss has been replaced with a new, actually fun design.
  • The emblem system has been completely revamped, with hidden emblems accessible as all characters. Explore for emblems however you’d like.
  • Record Attack, an expanded version of Time Attack, lets players set records in time, score, and rings for each act they’ve accessed in the main game and record a replay of the run. Beating the requirement in a category for a stage grants an emblem.
  • Record Attack replays can now be raced as ghosts in Record Attack, allowing players to directly see the difference while playing. They can also be saved as a guest replay to send to a friend’s copy of the game for them to race against.
  • NiGHTS Mode allows players to set records on special stages similarly to Record Attack. Sadly, NiGHTS mode does not support replays and ghosts in this release.
  • Sonic can now have Tails follow him around through the single player game like he can in Sonic 2 and Sonic 3.
  • A large amount of multiplayer stages have been added.
  • In match and capture the flag modes, players now spawn with basic shields and losing players get free basic shields during the round.
  • The grenade ring has been completely redesigned, and the infinity ring from older versions has been reintroduced.
  • The old Classic Race gametype has been revamped and renamed to Competition. Similar to Sonic 2′s versus mode, players race through single player stages and attempt to grab goodies in the stage before completing the stage. This gametype now actually functions well beyond two players.
  • The software renderer now features skyboxes, allowing for complex, animated skies by rendering another section of the level as the sky.
  • The system for adding custom textures has been changed so that two WADs with custom textures can be added to the game at the same time without issues.
  • Tall patches are now supported, allowing images larger than 255 pixels tall to be imported to the game as a single image.
  • TypeOfLevel can now use gametype names instead of requiring numbers.
  • Level headers for levels 100 and above can use letters instead of the decimal equivalent; eg Level A0, A1, AA, ZZ etc.
  • SOC format now supports internal thing names, other enumerations, and basic math. Porting mods to future versions of SRB2 will be easier, as these names rarely change.
  • blarrg’s Game Music Engine has been implemented, meaning you can now use rips of NES, SNES, Genesis, etc. soundtracks as music in-game.
  • There are now 25 different skin color options for characters to use, including returning colors from older versions such as Dark Red and Black.
  • Super forms for characters now glow like they did in Sonic 2 and Sonic 3&K, allowing yellow to be usable once again for match mode. Super Knuckles as a bonus flashes pink instead of yellow, but this is not available for custom characters.
  • Multiple characters can now have the same displayed name; no more “Tails2″ if you add a custom Tails character.
  • All SOC actions and extra character abilities from SRB2Morphed have been imported, allowing SOC to be even more versatile even without involving Lua scripting.
  • Colors, abilities, and spin items are set by name, as with SOCs, to enable forward compatibility. If the color numbers ever change again, the intended color will still be used.
  • A scripting language based on Lua has been added to the engine exclusively for use by mods. It can be used to create entirely new console commands and thing behaviors in game, allowing a lot more flexibility for mod content without requiring editing SRB2′s source code itself.

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Michael 03-15-2014 06:32 PM

Great i will download SRB2 v2.1 so fast i can

Shadow Hog 03-15-2014 06:35 PM

Yaaay it's live

Although we'll have to patch up some things we missed, as usual. Ah, well.

Kuba11 03-15-2014 06:35 PM

Great, about time it is out, though I already found a major bug.
The camera doesn't seem to work in single player mode, as it stays in one place and doesn't "follow" the character. It appears it only happens to a few people.

Shadow Hog 03-15-2014 06:37 PM

I would imagine those few people are all using analog mode. I don't think any of the dev team uses analog mode, so this is one of the aforementioned "missed things".

Set cam_speed to something higher than 0.25.

Daywalker 03-15-2014 06:45 PM

Downloading it from my trip and going to install it shortly. This is gonna be good.

Kuba11 03-15-2014 06:46 PM

Thanks a lot, it works now :)

Monster Iestyn 03-15-2014 06:48 PM

Guys, if you're having trouble trying to join servers, just press enter on the "room" thing. It'll take you to a menu with a selection of rooms now.

VěLT 03-15-2014 06:51 PM

Yeah ! Good work guys , now let's wait for the Linux ports..... :D

iStepable 03-15-2014 06:52 PM

Good work, can't wait for a patch for all the new bugs and stuff.

pride 03-15-2014 06:54 PM

How to regulate the bug of camera?

iStepable 03-15-2014 06:55 PM

In console do cam_speed 1.00, anything higher then 0.25.

Aegix 03-15-2014 06:56 PM

I don't usually like torrents....But for SRB2, I'm willing to do it. :D

*plays a bit*

Ok, so I just finished Greenflower zone and I'm pretty impressed so far. :)

The only issue I can see is that my screen occasionally flashes weirdly for a half-second. Anyone else getting that?

BTW, I love what you've done to knuckles. The classic "CLICK!" sound when you latch onto a wall? Wonderful. The instant skidding on your stomach when you glide too close to the floor? Wonderful. :D

Sigmund_Froid 03-15-2014 07:01 PM

It doesn't work for me.

SeventhSentinel 03-15-2014 07:03 PM

I've torrented it already.
I must say, I am rather amazed at all the wonderful changes that have been made, all the little and large tweaks that make this game 100% more fun to play. It really looks like 15 years' worth of work.
Thank you, Sonic Team Junior.

Trolo Bobo 03-15-2014 07:26 PM

Well, it's nice to have this after so much wait. The changes I've seen so far are great. But knuckles can't jump for me, and it's really annoying. I had to stay at the first person mode all time, because camera wasn't following me, but I fixed that typing cam_speed 1.00. But I have to do that every time I start a level. Also, all the menu backrounds are plain blue, they don't have that GFZ like texture. And finally, characters look really big. It looks like they are a few inches away form the screen, and that looks horrible. And knuckles's head is larger than shields.

"Lat'" 03-15-2014 07:33 PM

Erm, why can't knuckles jump?
Why does the ERZ4 boss seems so laggy?
Why does the camera doesn't look like in the screenshots (even with cam_speed 1.00)?

Jazz 03-15-2014 07:43 PM

I think you guys might have accidentally released this thing early.

April 1st is almost three weeks away. :)

Sigmund_Froid 03-15-2014 07:52 PM

I've already figured it out. Excellent update thus far.

Sdudyoy 03-15-2014 07:54 PM

I really enjoy the final boss, I've already gone through the levels, and I love what you did to Techno hill zone 2, but whats with Eggman eating fat?

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