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Archive for July 19th, 2013


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!


Global Challenge Debuts for Sonic Dash: Unlock Shadow the Hedgehog for Free!

Sonic Dash

Get ready for the ultimate challenge and unlock Shadow the Hedgehog for free!

Today marks the start of the first Sonic Dash global challenge. But what does this involve and how can you take part? Well most importantly it’s about challenging you, the Sonic Dash community, to work together to accomplish something monumental that you couldn’t do alone. You are being tasked to work together and run 100 laps around the world (or 2,490,100.55 miles for those counting!). Now that might sound tiring, but all you need to do is boot up Sonic Dash and contribute by making as many runs as you can, and run as far as you can. Everyone’s cumulative distance will contribute towards this mammoth target and it’s going to take everybody working together to successfully complete the challenge in time.

You can find the very stylish progress screen seen in the artwork above, by navigating to the ‘Goals’ section on the main menu of Sonic Dash. This will be the place to see how much distance has been covered and give the inspiration you need to make one more run!

This target needs to be reached by August 5th or you’ll miss out on all the prizes that will be rewarded along the way and most importantly the grand prize at the end of the challenge. That’s right if the goal is reached in time, everyone who has contributed will be gifted Shadow the Hedgehog as a playable character for free! Anyone who didn’t will unfortunately miss out on this very special reward, so make sure you get dashing and see how far you can run!

Sonic Dash is a free to play infinite running title, created exclusively for mobile platforms by Sega’s internal studio Hardlight. Chris Southall, Hardlight’s studio head, had this to say about the newest addition to the game:

“The reaction to Sonic Dash has been epic and we wanted to do something to engage and reward the community as a whole.  The result is the Sonic Dash Global Challenge!  It’s a chance for everyone to work together to win some cool prizes.  This is just one of many cool new features we have added since launch so there has never been a better time to get dashing!”

For all the behind scenes hijinx and a peak behind the curtain, make sure to like Hardlight on Facebook and follow @HLGames on Twitter.

Grab Sonic Dash here at the iTunes store.