Over the past decade, SEGA has made a bona fide tradition out of crapping on Sonic the Hedgehog and the dreams of his fans. Deciding that 3D was not the proper medium for Sonic, SEGA went back to the basics and released Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 on Xbox Live and PSN last October. It was a return to the 2D, side-scrolling gameplay of Sonic games past, and it was still a spectacular failure. Apparently, my opinion was not the popular one, as it seems Episode 1 sold well enough to actually warrant an Episode 2.
In a thread on the official SEGA forum, brand manager Ken Balough has been answering questions about the future of Sonic 4 and claims that many of the issues from Episode 1 will be addressed.
“SoA and SoE are both giving feedback and input on Episode II. Episode I did very well for SEGA commercially, and thanks to everyone’s support, we definitely have a lot of traction going into Episode II,” Balough said. “This usually means better budgets, etc. That said – I see a lot of really great ideas going into the next installment.” He continues, “I certainly cannot deny there were some elements that could have been done better – and I could say that about most games I’ve worked on,” he added elsewhere in the thread, addressing fan criticisms of Episode 1.”
This is the line SEGA has preached about literally every Sonic game since Sonic Adventure 1. I’ll believe it when I see it.