Sonic the Hedgehog 4, episode 1 has been one of the funnest games I’ve played on PSN. Sonic 4 stuck to the tried and true 2D nature of Sonic games, allowing me to relive the glory days of my youth. Sadly, episode 1 skipped Android when it made its way to mobile platforms, with only iOS users being able to enjoy the game.
Today, SEGA has announced they are hard at work on Episode 2, and will be launching the game on NVIDIA Tegra devices early next year. Like many of the other Tegra-exclusive games being released of late, there will be a souped-up, graphically-intense version coming to quad core Tegra 3 devices that take advantage of NVIDIA’s improved architecture. Currently, only the ASUS Transformer Prime features Tegra 3, but we expect a barrage of Tegra 3 devices will be unveiled at CES 2012 in a few weeks.
As resident tech geeks who came of age in the Sonic days, we’re obviously excited to check out the latest installment of the Sonic franchise for our Android phones and tablets. We’ll be sure to let you know when you can get your hands on the release. In the mean time, watch the trailer video below (via Droid Gamers), and if you’re a big Sonic fan you should probably check out Sonic CD (if you haven’t already).Show Press Release
Get Ready to Run in the New Year! SEGA Announces Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II
New Entry in the Smash-Hit Sonic 4 Series Speeds onto Consoles and Mobile in 2012
SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON— December 30, 2011 — SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced a new year’s resolution that’s sure to please gamers worldwide: the iconic blue hedgehog will be making his 2D return in Sonic the Hedgehog™ 4 Episode II in 2012. Following the award-winning success ofEpisode I, which took the world by storm in 2010, Sonic will continue his journey through the epic Sonic 4 saga on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®Network, as well as mobile platforms including the App Store, Android Market and Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone 7.
Fans have been eagerly anticipating the next episode in Sonic’s new side-scrolling adventure, and SEGA has been listening closely to their feedback. Armed with all-new character animations and a completely reworked physics engine, Episode II will expand the Sonic 4 storyline with new areas to speed through and new challenges to face. For a sneak peek at what’s in store, including the arrival of a certain high-flying, twin-tailed pal who’s sure to be of assistance, check out the all-new teaser trailer here.
“After twenty years in action, it’s clear that Sonic hasn’t slowed down one bit,” said Haruki Satomi, Senior Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA of America. “The first entry in the Sonic 4 saga was a major success. We’ve listened to the fans and been hard at work making sure we recapture that same spirit of fun in Episode II. We hope the fans will enjoy it.”
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 will support Android mobile devices powered by the NVIDIA® Tegra® mobile processor. It will be available on the Android Market and featured on the Tegra Zone app. In addition, SEGA and NVIDIA are working closely together to develop an even more enhanced version for Tegra 3, the world’s first quad-core mobile processor.