|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, PlayStation Now|
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 PlayStation 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 I 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.
|Platform||PlayStation Store reference||Monthly PlayStation Store chart appearances and rankings||Months on the PlayStation Store (original run / cumulative total)|
|PlayStation 3||US PlayStation Blog (starting May 2012)||May 2012 - #5||1 / 1|
|"||"||June 2012 - #18||2 / 2|
|"||EU PlayStation Blog||December 2012 - #20||1 / 1|
In addition to the Android version, a special version titled Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II THD was released for Nvidia Tegra devices. This version was sold on Google Play, and was preloaded on the Nvidia Shield.
|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 II, they announced many other platforms they didn't have at launch for Episode I, 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 for the following systems|
|2010 Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I | Sonic Adventure 2011 Sonic the Hedgehog | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Sonic the Hedgehog Anniversary Bundle | Sonic the Hedgehog CD 2012 Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II | Sonic Adventure 2 | Classic Sonic Bundle | Sonic the Fighters 2013 Sonic the Hedgehog Master Collection|
|2007 Sonic the Hedgehog | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 2009 Sonic the Hedgehog 3 | Sonic & Knuckles 2010 Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I | Sonic Adventure 2011 Sonic the Hedgehog CD 2012 Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II | Sonic Adventure 2 | Sonic the Fighters|
|2011 Sonic the Hedgehog | Sonic Advance | Sonic the Hedgehog CD 2012 Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I | Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II | Sonic Jump 2013 Sonic the Hedgehog CD Lite | Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II Lite | Sonic the Hedgehog | Happy Sonic! Live Wallpaper | Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Sonic Dash | Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed 2014 Sonic Jump Fever 2015 Sonic Runners | Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom 2017 Sonic Runners Adventure | Sonic Forces: Speed Battle|
|2007 Sonic the Hedgehog (iPod) 2009 Sonic the Hedgehog (iPhone) 2010 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Sonic Spinball | Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games | Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I 2011 Sonic 20th Anniversary | Sonic the Sketchhog | Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing | Sonic the Hedgehog CD 2012 Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II | Sonic the Hedgehog Skins | Sonic Jump 2013 Sonic Dash | Sonic the Hedgehog | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed 2014 Sonic Jump Fever 2015 Sonic Runners | Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom 2017 Sonic Forces: Speed Battle|
| 2010 Sonic the Hedgehog | Sonic Spinball | Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine | Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island | Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing 2011 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Sonic 3 & Knuckles | Sonic Adventure | Sonic Generations 2012 Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I | Sonic the Hedgehog CD | Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II | Sonic Adventure 2 2013 Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed 2015 Sonic Lost World 2017 Sonic Mania | Sonic Forces |
Prototypes Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II (Beta 8)