November 18, 1997
Resort Island originally took place at sunset, but this was changed due to the stage's song being called "Can You Feel the Sunshine?".
When Sonic R was first shown off at E3, many players gave up after running Sonic into the water and discovering how low his speed becomes - the first change game designer Jon Burton made to the game after that showing was increasing the speed velocity in the water.
Since Sonic R was one of the first non-music video games to feature vocal tracks during gameplay, the music toggle was defaulted to instrumental during development due to fears of how players would respond to the soundtrack. Game designer and programmer Jon Burton ultimately decided to make the vocal versions of the songs the default as he grew to enjoy TJ Davis' vocal performance during the game's development.
In Resort Island in Sonic R, there is a small village next to a cave containing 3 buildings, one of which has an ichthys (known colloquially as the "Jesus fish") on it. When it was added to the game, Sega asked Travelers' Tales founder Jon Burton if it was intended as a Christian reference, and nonchalantly gave the go-ahead when he answered honestly.
Sonic R has often been criticized for how the playable characters handle like cars instead of athletes - the reason for this is because Sonic R was actually built from a scrapped Formula 1 racing game.
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