Sonic 4 Episode II trailer proves series still exists, now with added Tails


In 2010, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 sounded like exactly what we wanted from stalled franchise, as Sonic was going back to basics and returning to his 2D roots. While it had its fans, many took issue with the physics, the graphics, and the amount of content you got for the $15 price. After more than a year passed since the first “episode,” fans will finally get a chance to see how the story continues, though it sounds like things won’t be entirely the same thanks to fan feedback.


The above teaser trailer is cute even if it’s missing little things like characters and gameplay, but Sega makes it sound like you’ll be surprised when you finally do see the actual game. In one interview Sega’s Ken Balough listed a brand new graphics and physics engine as features for the title, which is good as many found that Sonic 4’s original polygonal look and unnatural controls betrayed the title’s retro spirit. It’s great to hear they’re trying to make the series better, though we would have liked to actually see those physics and updated Sonic character model instead of just hearing about them.

Another change is Episode 2 will feature Tails, everyone’s favorite Sonic pal, though the inclusion of the mutant fox goes against the “no crappy friends allowed” theme of Episode 1. Also, the appearance of Metal Sonic as the villain goes along with earlier reports that Episode II’s story is connected to Sonic CD. After Sonic Generations’ unabashed tribute to Sonic history, Sonic 4 as a concept feels a little redundant, and we’d even speculated the series had been cancelled. It’s interesting to see it still exists, but will those planned changes be enough to keep it relevant? And just when will it launch in 2012? There’s a whole lot of the year left.


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  • Darkhawk - January 3, 2012 6:20 a.m.

    I liked Episode I... when it eventually dropped to 800MSP. It's still outrageously overpriced if it's going to cost 4x800MSP for the complete game, but at least they come out in annual instalments to trick me into purchasing.
  • manoverboard85 - January 2, 2012 7:04 p.m.

    The fact that they are showing that they're listening to fans goes a long way. They could of cancelled the franchise but they didn't, they could of given us an episode II with the same graphics engine and physics engine but they didn't. They trying to give the fans what they want and I for one appreciate it. Yeah they may of missed the mark with the first instalment but it was still an enjoyable Sonic game (which I was a bit obsessed over). I loved the Genesis Sonics too having spent my entire childhood mastering them. To have such a pompous critical approach to such a postive improvement is simply bad journalism dude. You're saying they don't show enough, is that too little too late? I think you're just being spoilt and over demanding. Why not appreciate that there's a Sonic Team who are trying to actually improve the experience and going the the fans rather than going against the grain. Yes Sonic Generation gave us a nice nostalgic nod to the past and improved modern Sonics gameplay somewhat, but what it didn't do is give us any evolement in levels or gameplays. Something that Sonic 4 aimed to do, and did pretty well. Sorry for ranting.
  • LegendofZenda - January 3, 2012 5:10 a.m.

    .....or they are actually trying to make money. Maybe because of the reception they are forced to improve episode two because since this is episodic form they can't sell us an entire game and be done with it. A lot of people (like me) learned their lesson and will not be purchasing episode 2 regardless of changes. As for listening to their fans?......yeah right. Why the fuck is there Big the Cat and fucking Shadow with his own game? Please refer to Metacritic if you think the last 4-5 Sonic games have been made with their "fans" in mind. (Barring Generations of course)
  • manoverboard85 - January 3, 2012 7:03 p.m.

    Don't you think you're being a bit too obtuse? If they're weren't listening to fans they'd just produce a clone of the first episode and be done with it. As for Shadow and Big the Cat did it ever occur to you that there might be an independent fan base for those characters? The reason they might be in separate games now is that they did listen to fans and took them out of core Sonic games and gave them their own lease of live to see if they can suffice as a game on their own. If not it acts as a hub for fans of those characters. And you can whine about making money but these guys are a company, they do want to make money. Fact is they're improving as they're creating, and they might mess up on the way but they could be on to something good. If you want to not invest in the second episode then don't. Remember though that by choosing to ignore their progression it's just choosing to ignore any improvements. It's pointless discouragement.
  • SonicX_89 - January 2, 2012 5:49 p.m.

    Although it's unlikely, I sure would like to see that the new graphics engine renders the game in 2D instead of the inevitable 3D. It would be a nice return to form.
  • Redeater - January 2, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    I have learned my lesson after downloading that horrid first episode. I'll save my money for some Saints Row or Skyrim DLC thank you very much. Also, I love how they are now stating how they are "reworking" the physics.

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