EXE is not dead. But it will take me a while to get him right. There is a lot on the cutting room floor currently, and some things still in drafts, but a lot already done. I don't want to promise or deny anything, but as long as I'm still here I am going to continue working on his overarching story, worldbuilding and ideas. A healthy amount of plot beats are set, but I will not be disclosing it.
I will say, I have plans for this to be a set of stories. Whatever media or medium they come in will be determined only with time, but one I can confirm is a comic. I am still in the process of writing and mapping said story, however. Again, a lot of the key moments and ideas are written and locked in, so this is not something being done from scratch.
What I can also currently give is a proper, final reference for EXE and his faker form. This is not subject to change, but the sprites attached might be. Feedback on the sprites is appreciated by any means. I want to shoot to realign him with my original vision, a reinterpretation of 2017 sonic.exe, and a feral monster. There was a lot of dawdling done in the past, and for that, I apologize. I want to put my best into this character a fair amount of people have come to care for, and a character I still very much cherish.
Once more, I will NOT confirm or deny story stuff that wasn't already public, but allow me to rectify any character misconceptions in the replies. Thank you all.
Small Things I will say (notes may be added here from time to time):
-EXE's game/story is titled Sonic Prototype 2017.
-He is incapable of human/English speech again, or rather can only speak in very specific circumstances I will not get into.
-The Black Sun is still an object of importance, but no, it’s not the source of his power. It doesn’t nullify shit either, I don’t know where people got that idea. EXE’s strength is without assistance.
-EXE's game does NOT take place in a Sonic ROM. It's just a ground-up Sonic Game, the ROM thing was a misconception meant to say his game passes itself off as just a ROM.
-He does NOT have a version of the cult, do not follow the wiki's info on that.
-More info regarding the Harbingers will come out eventually.
-And lastly, be wary that things established may or may not stick. I have everything in mind but I have simply not found my way to put it out yet.
NOTE: this is far, FAR from being the final spritesheet. I wanted to give a small taste of his look before I settle on anything. Again, feedback is appreciated.