Fans of the Sonic the Hedgehog series were in for a treat recently when a beta version of the Shadow the Hedgehog game, previously thought to be lost, resurfaced.
The disk, which contained a beta version of the Xbox build of the final game, was discovered by the team at Last Minute Collection. Despite their efforts, the game was unable to fully boot on their Xbox 360, but they were able to find a previously unheard version of “All Hail Shadow” by Crush 40 on the game’s jukebox menu.
The discovery of this lost version of the game has sparked excitement among Sonic fans and video game archivists, and efforts to restore the early version of Shadow the Hedgehog are ongoing. The team at Last Minute Collection has uploaded their findings to Archive.org in the hopes that others may be able to help bring this relic back to life.
While the Shadow the Hedgehog game may not have aged well, its legacy within the Sonic series is undeniable, as evidenced by the character’s appearance in the recent Sonic Prime show. Any new information about the game is sure to be of interest to fans.
In addition to the previously unheard version of “All Hail Shadow,” it’s possible that the beta version of the game may contain other unseen content and unfinished features. The thought of potentially discovering lost levels or cutscenes has fans eagerly anticipating the restoration of this lost beta.
The fact that the beta version of the game was able to run on a retail version of the Xbox suggests that it was created late in the development process. It’s possible that the team at Last Minute Collection will be able to uncover more information about the game’s development and its place in the Sonic the Hedgehog timeline as they continue to work on restoring the beta.
Overall, the discovery of the lost beta version of Shadow the Hedgehog is exciting news for fans of the Sonic series, and it will be interesting to see what other secrets and unseen content may be uncovered as efforts to restore the game continue.