Various dropped levels of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 has been found and recreated in a fascinating new historical dig.
All games have a lot of content that doesn't make it into the final game, and 1992's Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is no exception – even if you thought all the little secrets would have been discovered by now.
It's rare that we see cut gameplay for any game, but thanks to the Video Game History Foundation (VGHF), Sonic fans can get a look at what could have been.
The organization digitized documents and acquired a VHS tape full of old footage, which revealed discarded levels from the 1992 Mega Drive game Sonic The Hedgehog 2.
VGHF recreated a stage that was planned to be in the game, showing exactly what it would look like if it wasn't cut, using documents provided by artist Tom Payne and a map and sketches of the same stage from game designer Hirokazu Yasuhara.
The stage is called the Cyber City Zone and can be seen about 14 minutes into the video at the end of this article.
VGHF also obtained the VHS portfolio of artist Brenda Cook, who worked on three phases that didn't make it into the final game.
The video below shows one of its stages, a desert stage called Sandy Shower Zone, and an unnamed winter stage, and gives some indication of what they would look like in the game.
The video is worth watching if you want to see some insights into the work that went into creating in-game maps and stages that could have been in Sonic The Hedgehog 2 if they hadn't been scrapped.
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