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Spiral Knights: Battle Sprites and Energy Overhaul

Spiral Knights

Hail, Knights!

Some major changes are now live for Spiral Knights — including some long-awaited features and some big-time changes to how you play the game itself! Let’s go ahead and get to the low-down.

Battle Sprites

A new companion joins the fray – the customizable, feedable, adorable, upgradable weaponized battle-bots arrive! We’ve previewed them before, and now you can obtain your own Battle Sprite via a new series of rank 2 missions upon reaching Haven.

Additional Battle Sprite Info:

  • Battle sprites acquire perks at most levels. Perks are selected randomly.
  • Battle sprites can continue to acquire perks after reaching level 100.
  • Battle sprite skill points and ultimate skill choice can be reset with an item called a ‘Reset Star.’ Reset Stars are sold in the Supply Depot. When using a Reset Star, a sprite’s level is retained.

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Energy System Overhaul

We’ve taken a long look at the energy system, and made some major changes. The basics: Elevators will no longer require energy, enabling you to explore the clockworks to your heart’s content! Players are being compensated for existing elevator passes, as well as Mist Energy tanks, which are also being removed.

There’s more but we don’t have room to list it all here – please see the official patch notes for details:

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Difficulty Modes

Customize the way you play! Find a mode that’s right for you:

  • Normal mode: A bit easier than the current mode; intended as an introduction. Lower droprates and crown payouts.
  • Advanced Mode: For players experienced with Spiral Knights – comparable in difficulty & rewards to previous Spiral Knights.
  • Elite Mode: Big money, big prizes – big danger! If you’re ready for the next level of Spiral Knights, then the Clockworks are waiting…

New Revive System

What’s that, you say? Energy was the means by which you kept your Knightly selves alive? Hold on, one moment! We totally didn’t forget about this.


There we go!

– All knights now have an Emergency Revive mechanism built into their armor that will revive them shortly after falling in combat once per floor. An ER only restores all the red health pips you have, but no more.
– If a knight is brought to an elevator dead, their ER will be instantly used at the start of the next floor.
– After falling in combat without an ER, the primary means of reviving is no longer energy. Players must use a ‘Spark of Life’ in order to revive in the Clockworks.
– Sparks of Life can be earned via missions, found in treasure blocks or purchased in bulk at a discount price in the Supply Depot. Sparks of Life cannot be purchased from the Supply Depot while in the Clockworks.
– If dead without a ER or Spark of Life, a Spark of Life can be activated for 50 energy. This price never escalates.
– Removed the ability to revive by sharing health as well as any heat sharing from reviving.
– The old ‘Spark of Life’ crafting material has been renamed to ‘Storm Chaser’, because of reasons.

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Additional Changes

There’s too much in this update to list here: Please see the official release notes for a complete list of item changes and updates, including new materials, UI changes, alchemy and forge changes, general changes not covered above, and more!

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More Surprises Ahead…

We look forward to seeing you raise your new battle sprites into powerful combat allies, forge powerful items and explore the Clockworks to your heart’s content.

But this is only the beginning! There’s new challenges ahead, as we move on into the mystery of the Clockworks itself …


Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II THD Pre-Loaded on NVIDIA SHIELD

Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II THD Pre-Loaded on NVIDIA SHIELD

We’re very pleased to announce a collaboration with NVIDIA for the new NVIDIA SHIELD Gaming and Entertainment Portable. Every SHIELD will come pre-loaded with Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II THD!

Play Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II THD at a smooth 60 Frames Per Second (FPS), and experience first-hand the speed and excitement of Sonic The Hedgehog.

Check out the SHIELD and Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II THD at kiosks in select Gamestop, Microcenter, and Canada Computers stores!


NVIDIA TEGRA 4: Custom 72-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU Quad-core ARM A15 CPU.
CONTROLLER: Ultimate control and precision with a console-grade game controller.
MULTI-TOUCH DISPLAY: 5-inch 720p retinal quality multi-touch display for high-fidelity visuals.
INTEGRATED SPEAKERS: Custom, bass reflex, tuned port audio system delivers fidelity and range never before experienced on a handheld device.
WI-FI CONNECTIVITY: 802.11n 2×2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi provides high-bandwidth, ultra-fast wireless for seamless game streaming.
100% ANDROID: Stocked with the latest Android Jelly Bean operating system from Google, SHIELD provides access to your favorite Android applications and games.

Pick up a NVIDIA SHIELD at today!


The Sonic 4 Saga continues in Episode II with the return of a beloved side kick and fan-favorite villains! Following the events of Episode I, Metal Sonic has returned to form a formidable alliance with Dr. Eggman! To face this new evil, Sonic will have to call upon an old friend to help him save the day! Now joined by Tails, race across four brand new Zones and take down fearsome new badniks with deadly combination moves in order to put an end to this dastardly duo’s plans!

Powered by Nvidia Tegra: Episode II comes to life on the Android using the Tegra 3 Nvidia Chipset for silky smooth gameplay and graphics
Collaborative Play: Team up with a friend via Bluetooth and take control of Sonic and Tails as they battle against Dr. Eggman and Metal Sonic!
Lock-on with Episode Metal: Users who own both Episodes I & II will unlock an exclusive scenario featuring Metal Sonic! Explore four Acts across four reworked Zones from Episode I and experience the story of Metal Sonic’s revival after his defeat in Sonic CD!
Integrated with Immersion Haptic Vibration Feedback

Download Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II THD for Android


Interview with Kingdom Conquest II’s Game Designer & Balancer

Kingdom Conquest II Game Designer & Balancer, Tadashi Okuda serves up a new entry in the Kingdom Conquest II Development Team interview series. Learn about making and balancing game mechanics with Game Designer & Balancer, Tadashi Okuda!

Check out the full interview at

Kingdom Conquest II is Available for:
iOS on AppStore
Android on Google Play
Android on Amazon

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Play the Full Version of Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F in San Francisco this Weekend!

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F

Come be among the first in the world to play the fully localized version of Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F at the J-POP Summit in Japantown, San Francisco this weekend! Visit the SEGA area next to the New People building to play the game, and also get an exclusive Miku collector’s lanyard!

About the J-POP Summit

J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL is a pop culture-themed street fair that covers the grounds of Post Street from Webster to Laguna and the Peace Plaza of Japantown, San Francisco. The festival is hosted by J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL COMMITTEE in cooperation with the Japantown Merchants Association. In 2012, the festival had 65,000 in attendance in two days!

J-POP SUMMIT Festival is held in Japan Town, San Francisco – on Post Street between Webster Street and Laguna Street. (For GPS search use the address: 1746 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115 )

We hope to see you there!


Sonic Dash: Global Challenge Halfway Point!

Sonic Dash (Global Challenge)

We’re at the half way point for the Sonic Dash global challenge. It’s going to take every last one of you working together to unlock Shadow the Hedgehog. Keep on dashing!

You can grab Sonic Dash right here for free at the iTunes store.

About the Global Challenge (in case you missed it):

  • The challenge: Run 100 times around the world… 2,490,100.55 miles! Don’t worry, that’s not what you have to do all on your own — the entire Sonic Dash community is part of this effort!
  • Meet this goal and unlock a free character for everyone to dash with: the “ultimate life form”, Shadow the Hedgehog!
  • Everyone who participates by playing the game will receive the award if the goal is achieved.

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Submit Your Trivia Questions for Sonic Boom

Sonic Boom 2012

Like last year’s Sonic Boom, we’ll be having a team-based trivia challenge that a few lucky fans will have the opportunity to participate in! However this year, we’re asking YOU to submit the trivia questions! Here’s what to do:

1) Email your question and the answer to – you MUST submit by email to ensure that there’s no potential cheating in people reading the submitted questions before they get on stage at the event!
2) You MUST submit an answer with your question. Questions with no answers will not be accepted!
3) We will be verifying all trivia before asking it on stage, so do your best to make it accurate.
4) You can submit questions about anything in the Sonic universe, including games, cartoons, and comics.

Sonic Boom is taking place August 10th, 2013 at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster, and you can also join our Facebook event. We look forward to seeing you there!


Castle of Illusion Behind the Scenes Trailer #2

Castle of Illusion

We’re excited to show you the second “behind the scenes” trailer for  Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse. Completely rebuilt from the ground up, Castle of Illusion has stunning visuals and new gameplay mechanics, along with the original storyline.


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Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse will be available worldwide for digital download on Xbox LIVE Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Windows PC in summer 2013.


Total War: Rome II Community Event in San Francisco

Total War: Rome II - Logo

On July 25th, we’re giving Total War & SEGA fans a chance to get some hands on with the upcoming Rome II game, meet the Creative Assembly team, and pick up some exclusive gear.

Community Manager Craig Laycock and Studio Communications Manager Al Bickham on hand to answer questions and walk you through the demo.

How to Attend the Event

Total War Rome II Packart Panorama

The community event takes place in San Francisco on Thursday, July 25th from 6pm to 8pm.

To attend, simply add a comment here on the blog and you’ll be contacted tonight / tomorrow to get you locked in! Please be sure your email is accurate when entering your comment below, this is how we’ll reach out. We’re inviting those that can attend on a first come first served basis.

If you have any questions, be sure to post and let us know!


Sonic Team Artist Kazuyuki Hoshino at Sonic Boom 2013

It’s time to grab some Time Stones! For the first time,  Sonic Team artist Kazuyuki Hoshino will be joining us as a special guest at Sonic Boom 2013.

Kazuyuki Hoshino

Hoshino-san is the creator of Metal Sonic, and is also credited as the creator of Amy Rose. He is responsible for a whole host of design work across the ages including work on Sonic CD, Sonic Adventure and Sonic Heroes, just to name a few of the titles he has worked on across nearly 20 years of Sonic the Hedgehog. NiGHTS fans attending should also be excited, as Hoshino-san was also a crucial character designer for the original NiGHTS into Dreams title, as well as the lead character designer for NiGHTS: Journey Into Dreams.

Hoshino-san will also be joining Iizuka-san on-stage to take part in a live Q&A session, and once again we invite you all to send us your questions! If you want to submit a question, here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Write your question down in the comments section of this blog, or email it to us.
  2. We will look through all of the questions and select those we think will are the most interesting to pose to Hoshino-san.
  3. Be original! The more creativity that goes into your question, the more likely we are to select it!
  4. Respectful and sensible questions only please. Hoshino-san is a very much respected artist, and has taken time out of his very busy schedule to join us – bear this in mind when thinking of something to ask.

Sonic Boom 2013 is taking place on August 10th, 2013 at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster. You can also join our Facebook page for the event to meet other Sonic fans attending!


Three Ways to Win Sonic Dash Gear

Celebrate the Sonic Dash Global Challenge with us! We’ve partnered up with three SEGA fansites/gaming news sites to bring you more than one chance to win some exclusive Sonic Dash gear.

Head on over to each of our partners’ sites for more details on how you can win a Sonic Dash t-shirt and iPhone 5 case*:


*Each giveaway is unique to each respective site. Please read each site’s rules in regards to eligibility and prize fulfillment.

Follow along with Hardlight Studio, the developer of Sonic Dash, as they keep you up to date with the worldwide progress on the Global Challenge!

Hardlight Studio on Facebook
Twitter @HLGames

Download Sonic Dash for FREE for iOS from the AppStore today!