|Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II|
| Developer: Sonic Team / Dimps|
Sega (Shanghai) Software, Tose
|System(s): Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade), PlayStation 3 (Sony PlayStation Network), iOS, Android, PC, Steam, Ouya|
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ4 エピソードII) is the second part of the episodic game Sonic the Hedgehog 4, and was released on the Play Station Network on May 15, 2012. It was followed on May 16, 2012, on the Xbox Live Arcade. It was announced by Gamespot via a teaser trailer, but not much else was known about the game itself other than a few bits of information. The first was that Sega has announced Tails will be in the game. This was first noticed due to a Sega Blog tidbit relating to a poem called "The Hedgehog and the Fox", which would refer to both Sonic and Tails. He was later confirmed in both a teaser trailer and the logo's official reveal. Metal Sonic is an antagonist in Episode II as well, first shown in the secret ending of Episode I and the new teaser trailer.
Sega stated numerous times that they had taken the strong feedback given to them about Episode 1 and taken it into account in the new episode, resulting in a "new physics engine" and a "new graphics engine". Uncurling from ramps was removed, reducing the need for the Homing Attack. Animations like Sonic's running animation was also improved, and level design was greatly improved with multiple ways to reach the end.
The game's product page on Xbox Live Arcade leaked out several pieces of brand new information about the game, including four brand new zones (with one of the four being a "throwback" zone), offline and online co-op multiplayer, and a brand new Special Stage, which is based on the Special Stage featured in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Sonic 4: Episode 2 is set right after the events of Sonic 4: Episode 1. After Sonic manages to destroy Doctor Eggman's newest space station, he goes off to find the doctor again, however, Eggman has a surprise in store for him this time.
In this Episode, Eggman revives one of his greatest robots, Metal Sonic. The second episode sees Sonic traveling through new zones, and this episode ties into Metal Sonic's original rivalry from Sonic CD. Tails joins Sonic in this Episode by following him through the stages as well as for using all new tag moves which are required to get through some stages. Tails can be controlled by a second player, allowing for Co-op play. They each share the same lives counter and ring count, so dying is much more dangerous.
Eggman's plan to fill the game with bugs has failed and they have all been safely removed.
-- Bug fixes for Android Lollipop support
-- Bug fixes for Green Throttle support
|1.7 (JP THD)||567MB||2014-01-05||
Sega stated there will not be a Wii version of Episode 2 due to various reasons, probably the biggest factor being the Wii's filesize limit and the graphics engine. However, right out of the announcement gate for Episode 2, they announced many other platforms they didn't have at launch for Episode 1, mainly the PC and phone platforms.
The iOS ports are easier than the console ports overall. Bosses take less hits to defeat and the required ring total in Special Stages is lower than the console ports.
On April 21st the game was leaked close to midnight CST through Steam's pre-order system. Pre-ordering the game would lead to the option to download a prototype version of the game immediately. The leak was fixed, yet some YouTube videos containing gameplay were uploaded.
Sega’s Community Manager later stated that, although the leak was “regrettable”, those who had downloaded it while it was available had done this “legitimately” and would not be punished, with the corollary that videos of and online reports about the game would not be taken down by Sega. Later, Sega’s Brand Manager, Ken Balough, stated that the leak would not cause any alteration to the scheduled release date of the game.
|Sonic the Hedgehog 4|
|Sonic games available on PlayStation Network|
|Sonic 4: Episode 1 (2010) | Sonic Adventure (2010) | Sonic the Hedgehog (2011) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2011) | Sonic the Hedgehog CD (2011) | Sonic 4: Episode 2 (2012) | Sonic Adventure 2 (2012)|
|Pre-release Sonic games for PlayStation Network|
|Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I (Sony QA Network prototype)|
|Sonic games available on Xbox Live Arcade|
|Sonic the Hedgehog (2007) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2007) | Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (2009) | Sonic & Knuckles (2009) | Sonic 4: Episode 1 (2010) | Sonic Adventure (2010) | Sonic the Hedgehog CD (2011) | Sonic 4: Episode 2 (2012) | Sonic Adventure 2 (2012)|
|Pre-release Sonic games for Xbox Live Arcade|
|Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I (PartnerNET build)|
|Sonic games for Google Android devices|
|Sonic the Hedgehog (2011) | Sonic Advance (2011) | Sonic the Hedgehog CD (2011) | Sonic 4: Episode 1 (2012) | Sonic 4: Episode 2 (2012) | Sonic Jump (2012) | Sonic the Hedgehog CD Lite (2013) |Sonic the Hedgehog (2013) | Happy Sonic! Live Wallpaper (2013) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2013) | Sonic Dash (2013) | Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (2013) | Sonic Jump Fever (2014) | Sonic Runners (2015) | Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom (2015)|
|Sonic games for Apple iOS Devices|
|Sonic the Hedgehog iPod (2007) / iPhone (2009) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2009) | Sonic Spinball (2010) | Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (2010) | Sonic 4: Episode 1 (2010) | Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (2011) | Sonic the Hedgehog CD (2011) | Sonic 4: Episode 2 (2012) | Sonic Jump (2012) | Sonic Dash (2013) | Sonic the Hedgehog (2013) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2013) | Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (2013) | Sonic Jump Fever (2014) | Sonic Runners (2015) | Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom (2015)|
|Sonic games available on Steam|
|Sonic the Hedgehog (2010) | Sonic Spinball (2010) | Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (2010) | Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island (2010) | Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (2010) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2011) | Sonic 3 & Knuckles (2011) | Sonic Adventure (2011) | Sonic Generations (2011) | Sonic 4: Episode 1 (2012) | Sonic the Hedgehog CD (2012) | Sonic 4: Episode 2 (2012) | Sonic Adventure 2 (2012) | Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (2013) | Sonic Lost World (2015)|
|Pre-release Sonic games for Steam|
|Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II (Beta 8)|