Takashi Iizuka has revealed that the long known about Episode 2 of Sonic 4 is in the works. While the long term Sonic Team member never gave a release date, he admitted we would see release in “the near future”
Talking to Siliconera, he revealed the third Sonic game due to be released in the next year alongside The London Olympics with Mario and Generations after it made a no-show at E3. When asked on the future of the project, he answered “We named Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, so there will be an episode 2. Since this year is the 20th anniversary of Sonic we wanted to focus on Sonic Generations,”
S4: E1 was a welcome return to the 2D style that seems to be refined in Generations if the gameplay videos for Retro Sonic are any indication. Thankfully, they aren’t doing a Valve and remembering the reasons behind episodic content is to actually release it.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 was met with some mixed reactions, but still overall reviewed pretty well. How did it do on the market though? Pretty good according to Sonic 4’s Brand Manager, Ken Balough. And because of that, Episode 2 will be on the way, along with a bigger development budget!
How long till we get the title? It might be awhile. According to Balough, the title is in “early development,” and that they are looking at all the issues with the first title to try to create a better experience. They have also internally determined how many episodes are planned, but did not reveal the number. Although he did reveal that they plan on making the zones in this title all new.
I played the demo for Sonic 4 and that’s about it. I noticed the controls were a bit floaty, but didn’t seem like something I couldn’t get used to.
How did you feel about Sonic 4: Episode 1? What do you want Episode 2 to bring to the table?