Blaze Before Blaze – A Special Christmas Present For You

We did promise you something special for Christmas Day and to our knowledge this has never been seen before. This is one of several conceptual pieces of art we’ve found in relation to the game Sonic Rush.

The art is part of a collection of somewhat trivial images which are, we believe to be a series of instructional sketches put in early production documents to describe proposed gimmicks, etc. They would certainly match ones that we’ve seen before and you can expect to see some of these images in the future. Normally these aren’t that exciting, this though is – as it is clearly one of if not THE first image detailing the proposed character who would become Blaze The Cat.

We’ve seen existing concept arts of Blaze before as they went through refinement of the character. I’m sure you’ve seen them, but this is something different.

Yes, I’ve gone and watermarked it. Can you blame me really? We’ll release the unmarked one in time.

Some elements remain the same, the jewel in the chest for instance and the fact it is very clearly a character both feminine and feline, she possesses the traditional oval nose as well, not the feline button one she would possess and even possesses what appears to be a rather fantastic mane of hair – possibly a firey one!  She does however also have a very specific Shadow-like appearance in regards of the eyes and the background of the image implies the two-sided story.  The fact that she looks so much like Shadow here does beg the question whether this image could in fact be even older.

Could Blaze have originated from SA2’s production period, or was she originally conceived to be connected to Shadow’s back story before taking on the mantle of royalty she possesses today?

Its likely we’ll never know for sure. But I’m sure you’ll be discussing it for a few months, if not years to come.

Kevin Eva

Author: Kevin Eva

Gamer, scholar, gentleman & fountain of useless trivia, LMC's boss-man extraordinaire is also a super-awesome Community Manager who has worked on projects for SEGA, Square Enix, Konami, Capcom and more. Once co-created and hosted an international fan-convention because he can do that sort of thing.

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  1. T.A Black

    Seeing as Blaze is one of my favourite Sonic characters (combo of fire and cats are always great), it’s really interesting to see the development of her. Interesting to see that her original design was so different – reminds me a little of Shade too…

    Still, that’s a grand find, there. And have a Merry Christmas!

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    Amazing picture, thanks a lot !!
    What about that Shade concept-art ? 😀

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    I wish this version could end up appearing in a game. Maybe some sort of demon that was released from Blaze during Sonic 2006 when she engulfed herself in the flames? Or something like that. But anywho, this design is so cool! I really wanna see this design in color!

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    wow amazing this ended up in blaze wow

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