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Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II
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Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade), PlayStation 3 (Sony PlayStation Network), iOS, Android, PC, Steam, Ouya, PlayStation Now
Genre: Action
Release Date RRP Code
Steam
US
2012-05-15[1] $14.99[1] ?
Steam
EU
2012-05-15[1] €12.99[1] ?
Steam
UK
2012-05-15[1] £9.99[1] ?
Steam
AU
2012-05-15[1] $18.25[1] ?
Sony PlayStation 3
JP (Download)
2012-05-16[2] ¥1,429 (1,500)[2] NPJB-00164
Sony PlayStation 3
US (Download)
2012-05-15[1] $14.99[1] NPUB-30581
Sony PlayStation 3
EU (Download)
2012-05-15[1] €12.99[1] NPEB-00717
Sony PlayStation 3
UK (Download)
2012-05-15[1] £9.99[1] NPEB-00717
Sony PlayStation 3
AU (Download)
2012-05-15[1] $18.25[1] NPEB-00717
Sony PlayStation 3
KR (Download)
2012-05-16[3] ₩19,800[4] NPHB-00459
Microsoft Xbox 360
JP (Download)
2012-05-16  ?MSP ?
Microsoft Xbox 360
US (Download)
2012-05-16[1] 1,200[1]MSP ?
Microsoft Xbox 360
EU (Download)
2012-05-16[1]  ?MSP ?
Microsoft Xbox 360
UK (Download)
2012-05-16[1]  ?MSP ?
Microsoft Xbox 360
KR (Download)
2012-05-16  ?MSP ?
Microsoft Xbox 360
AU (Download)
2012-05-16  ?MSP ?
iOS
US
2012-05-17[1] $6.99[5][1] ?
iOS
EU
2012-05-17[1] €5.49[1] ?
iOS
UK
2012-05-17[1] £4.99[5][1] ?
iOS
AU
2012-05-17[1] $7.49[1] ?
iOS
JP
2012-05-17[6] ¥600[6] ?
Google Android OS
US (THD)
2012-06-04[7] $6.99[1] ?
Google Android OS
EU (THD)
2012-06-04[7] €5.49[1] ?
Google Android OS
UK (THD)
2012-06-04[7] £4.99[1] ?
Google Android OS
AU (THD)
2012-06-04[7] $7.49[1] ?
Google Android OS
JP (THD)
2012-05-17[8] ¥600[8] ?
Google Android OS
US
2012-06-27[9] $6.99[5] ?
Google Android OS
EU
2012-06-27[9] €? ?
Google Android OS
UK
2012-06-27[9] £4.99[5] ?
Google Android OS
JP
2012-06-27[10] ¥600[10] ?
Google Android OS
JP (PuyoSega)
201x ¥? ?
Ouya
US
2013-07[11] $? ?
Ouya
EU
2013-07 €? ?
PlayStation Now
JP
2015-09-16[12] ¥? ?

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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.

Plot

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.

Versions

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.[13]

Version history

System Version Size Date Comment Ref Icon
Google Android OS
0000010000090000000000000000001.9 388MB 201608082016-08-08 [14]
Google Android OS
0000018 (THD)0000000000000000001.8 (THD) 567MB 201510282015-10-28 [15]
Google Android OS
0000010000050000000000000000001.5 385MB 201510122015-10-12 [16]
Google Android OS
0000017 (JP THD)0000000000000000001.7 (JP THD) 567MB 201401052014-01-05 [17]
Google Android OS
0000010000040000000000000000001.4 385MB 201309262013-09-26 [18]
Google Android OS
0000017 (THD)0000000000000000001.7 (THD) 567MB 201309132013-09-13 [19]
Google Android OS
0000014 (JP)0000000000000000001.4 (JP) 385MB 201309122013-09-12 [20]
Google Android OS
0000010 (JP)0000000000000000001.0 (JP) 358MB 201305072013-05-07 [21]
Google Android OS
0000014 (THD)0000000000000000001.4 (THD) 560MB 201211122012-11-12 [22]
Google Android OS
0000010000030000000000000000001.3 375MB 201211122012-11-12 [23]
Google Android OS
0000010000000000000000000000001.0 358MB 201206262012-06-26 [24]
Google Android OS
0000012 (THD)0000000000000000001.2 (THD) 565MB 201206152012-06-15 [25]
iOS
0000020000010000040000000000002.1.4 721MB 201611242016-11-24 [26]
iOS
0000020000000000000000000000002.0 419MB 201307022013-07-02 [27]

Platform differences

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.

Leak of beta

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.[28] Later, Sega’s Brand Manager, Ken Balough, stated that the leak would not cause any alteration to the scheduled release date of the game.[29]

Promotional material

Artwork

Concept Art

External links

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 http://blogs.sega.com/2012/05/15/sonic-the-hedgehog-4-episode-ii-launches-true-blue-initiative-returns/
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.jp.playstation.com:80/software/title/jp0177npjb00164_00sonicdl2license0.html (archived: 2012-05-13 05:20)
  3. https://archive.is/mGwkc
  4. http://archive.is/Wv4yV
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 http://blogs.sega.com/2012/06/20/sonic-the-hedgehog-digital-sale/
  6. 6.0 6.1 http://www.4gamer.net/games/145/G014565/
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 http://blogs.sega.com/2012/06/04/sonic-4-episode-2-on-android-powered-by-nvidia/
  8. 8.0 8.1 http://www.4gamer.net/games/161/G016120/
  9. 10.0 10.1 http://www.4gamer.net/games/145/G014566/
  10. https://www.ouya.tv/game/Sonic-The-Hedgehog-4-Episode-II/
  11. http://www.jp.playstation.com:80/software/title/jp0177npjb00164_00sonicdl2license0.html (archived: 2015-11-21 04:36)
  12. http://blogs.sega.com/2013/07/31/sonic-the-hedgehog-4-episode-ii-thd-pre-loaded-on-nvidia-shield/
  13. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.sonic4ep2 (archived: 2016-08-27 07:27)
  14. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.sonic4ep2thd (archived: 2016-06-21 16:48)
  15. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.sonic4ep2 (archived: 2015-10-26 00:57)
  16. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.com.sega.sonic4ep2thd (archived: 2014-02-10 08:19)
  17. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.sonic4ep2 (archived: 2013-11-03 11:10)
  18. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.sonic4ep2thd (archived: 2013-10-18 15:58)
  19. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.com.sega.sonic4ep2 (archived: 2013-09-28 14:55)
  20. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.com.sega.sonic4ep2 (archived: 2013-05-14 09:20)
  21. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.sonic4ep2thd (archived: 2012-12-09 09:42)
  22. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.sonic4ep2 (archived: 2013-01-14 22:11)
  23. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.sonic4ep2 (archived: 2012-10-05 07:42)
  24. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.sonic4ep2thd (archived: 2012-11-07 08:49)
  25. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id511332635?mt=8 (archived: 2017-03-24 21:45)
  26. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id511332635?mt=8 (archived: 2014-09-03 05:41)
  27. http://forums.sega.com/showthread.php?407162-Sonic-4-Episode-II-Steam-Leak-from-Ken&p=7266073&viewfull=1#post7266073
  28. http://forums.sega.com/showthread.php?407162-Sonic-4-Episode-II-Steam-Leak-from-Ken/page17


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Sony PlayStation 3 PlayStation Network
PS3
 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    
Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade
 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    
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Google Android OS
 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    
iOS
 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    
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Steam
 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