Thursday May 20, 2010
Alright everyone – as promised, we’ve got some big news today! Let’s start with the biggest and (in my opinion) best news first:
SEGA has made the decision to ensure that Sonic 4: Episode I is a game worthy of bearing the weight of its name. To do so, we’ve decided to extend the game’s development – and, for the first time ever, we’ve mixed internal suggestions alongside fan feedback to make some new, positive changes to the game.
Yes, you just read that correctly. You’re not dreaming.
Because of this, the game will now be releasing in the latter half of this year. Of course, we’re not the kind of people to just go and move a date around without something else to fill that void – so the news gets even better from here.
4th Platform Announcement
Those of you with iPhones and iPod Touches, rejoice! Today, we’re also officially revealing that the fourth platform for Sonic 4 is indeed that lovely little device with enough apps to save the world.
Finally, there are rumors that something very special relating to Sonic 4 is coming around a special date this June. You’ll have to wait a bit longer to hear the details, but rest assured that your summer is going to be far from boring with Episode I on the horizon. We’ll also have many more details on exactly what the new and exciting changes to the game will mean for the fans.
On the Spot
And that’s not all! You can check out today’s episode of On the Spot to see Ken Balough and me talk more about today’s announcement. We’ll discuss the development extension and just how important your feedback is to us!
Here’s the brand new trailer for the game, featuring Splash Hill Zone gameplay.
Sonic The Hedgehog™ 4 Episode I
Release date and new platform confirmed!
SEGA is incredibly happy at the overwhelmingly positive response to Sonic The Hedgehog™ 4 Episode I from both press and fans around the world. SEGA wants to ensure that we’re delivering the best Sonic experience possible.
With this dedication to quality and the Sonic experience in mind, SEGA has decided to extend the development of the game and will now release Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I in the latter half of 2010. The additional time will allow the Development Team to focus on keeping the game high-quality, continuing tuning and balancing of levels and interface and overall maintaining the kind of polish that an important game like this demands, ultimately providing fans with an unrivalled classic Sonic feel.
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I is developed specifically for the download market and will be available via Microsoft XBLA, Sony PSN, Nintendo WiiWare and the iTunes App Store in late 2010.
For more information please visit www.sonicthehedgehog4.com
Let us know what you think in the comments below! Whether you’re excited about the news, mixed about having to wait a bit longer, or just happy to finally see some new content – we’d love to hear from you guys.
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