In a move rivaled only by the greatest of Fox Broadcasting executives, Sonic Team Producer Takashi Iizuka states in an interview with that “we are currently looking forward to hearing the feedback from the users for Episode 2, but we are currently not planning to release another episode.”

Set to be released on May 16th, 2012, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 was originally intended to be the second installment of a four-part grand adventure released on all major digital download marketplaces. Lukewarm reception of the first installment back in 2010 (that’s two Call of Duties ago in gamer-speak) is most likely to blame for the approach to this installment. It’s a shame though, seeing as this installment truly looks to rectify the issues that many people had with the first, with a whole new engine and very smooth graphics.

Some of the more faithful Sonic fans can look at the positive however, as Iizuka states that “we just want to see how users accept this episode,” so there’s most likely a big chance that future downloadable endeavors are riding on the success of this release. I for one am definitely going to give my support, as I need more games to wear my Sonic hat and plushie while playing. We all have one of those right? right?!

Leonard Flounoy

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