Back when this generation of consoles began, there was a big push to popularize the idea of episodic gaming. The purpose, of course, was to create smaller chunks of gameplay that took less time to develop than a big budget retail game. Sega, then, seems to have missed the point, as according to a recent interview with Eurogamer, they are now prepping Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 for release in 2012…nearly 2 years after the release of Episode 1.
Many assumed Sega would simply kill off Sonic 4 and not produce any more episodes for it. Of course, even though Episode 1 was not exactly the most well received entry in the Sonic franchise, money talks, and Sonic 4: Episode 1 still managed to bring in a pretty penny for Sega. Still, with the vastly superior Sonic Generations right around the corner, one has to wonder what the point of releasing another Sonic 4 episode is when it’s so far removed from the first.