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Archive for May 15th, 2012


Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II Launches, True Blue Initiative Returns!

Sonic 4 Episode II - Zone 4 Act 3

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II begins rolling out today! This new entry in the Sonic 4 storyline has the iconic blue hedgehog taking on two legendary rivals with the help of one of his oldest friends, Miles “Tails” Prower. Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II is available today on the PlayStation Network and Steam for $14.99/€12.99/£9.99/AUD$18.25. It will be available tomorrow on Xbox LIVE Arcade for 1200 points, as well as NVidia Tegra 3 powered devices on Android for $6.99/ AUD$7.49/€5.49/ £4.99. On 17th May, it will be available for iPhone and iPad on the iTunes App Store for $6.99/ AUD$7.49/€5.49/ £4.99.

Sonic 4 Episode 2 - Zone 4 Boss

Sonic 4 Episode II is very special because we’ve integrated community feedback into the game.” said Haruki Satomi, Senior Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA of America. “We have some of the most loyal and dedicated fans and I hope they enjoy this next chapter in the Sonic 4 saga.”

Sonic 4 Episode 2 - Zone 4 Boss

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II also offers players who have purchased Sonic the Hedgehog™ 4 Episode I the exclusive chance to experience Episode Metal, a special unlockable story available to anyone who owns both titles on the same platform. Lead one of our hero’s greatest foes, Metal Sonic, across four reworked Acts from Episode I to learn more about how he survived the events at the end of Sonic CD.

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Sonic 4 Episode II and Episode Metal will also be coming to all other Android Device systems this June, and Windows Mobile Phones by this July. For more information about the game, visit

Sonic 4 Episode II - Zone 4 Act 2

The True Blue Initiative, Episode II

When Episode I launched, we wanted to pay a special thank-you tribute to everyone who purchased multiple copies of the game. We called it the True Blue Initiative, and it’s back for Episode II!

Anyone who picks up two or more versions of the game will be included in a special video, featuring me and Ken Balough, to be posted on the SEGA America YouTube channel, the SEGA Blog, The SEGA forums, the Sonic Facebook, and the SEGA Twitter. This will be a sort of MVP list that will document all of the fans out there who went above and beyond to help support the game. (Rumor has it that interested parties may also request that Ken present his thank you in Spanish, and he will actually do so. Es loco!)

Those fans who have the determination to grab four versions of the game will also be in the video, but as a special bonus thank you, will also receive a mini-poster featuring artwork from Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II that is signed by the Sonic 4 team at SEGA of America. Pretty awesome!

Here are the details:

  • There are 5 platforms eligible for this – XBLA, PSN, PC, iOS, and Android.
  • You must submit a screenshot of your purchase receipt of the 2 or 4 versions. You can private message them to me on the SEGA forums or submit them by email to with the subject line “True Blue Initiative”. (JPGs are our preferred image type.)
  • Please include the name you’d like us to mention in the video (and a pronunciation guide to your name, if you think that would help us).
  • If you are submitting receipts for 4 games, please also send us your full name, mailing address, telephone number (required for shipment), and the name you’d like us to personalize your mini-poster with when we sign it.
  • You have until 10:00 AM Pacific Time on Friday, June 15th to submit your receipts.
  • For XBLA, you need to show us your purchase history that contains Episode II. Instructions for accessing your purchase history are below. Screenshots or photos of this are acceptable.

    If you want to see a history of items that you’ve purchased, go to Purchase History and sign in with your Windows Live ID (email address and password).

    You can also view your Xbox LIVE purchase history on your console. Here’s how:

    1. On your console, sign in using your Xbox LIVE gamertag.
    2. Go to Settings, and then select Account.
    3. Select Download History.
    4. The items that you’ve downloaded are shown.

The wait is over! Go play some Sonic 4 Episode II, and thanks for being True Blue fans!