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Has Sega been taking notes on the release schedule for Half-Life 2: Episode 3? The company revealed today that there is no room in 2011 for Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2, and that the game may release next year, possibly a full year after Episode 1’s downloadable launch.
"This year, 2011, is the anniversary, so we're focusing on the celebration title," said Takashi Iizuka of Sonic Team in a conversation with Eurogamer, "But moving forward to 2012, Sonic will still be going, so I'd hope to provide Episode 2 then."
Iizuka also revealed that Sega planned all along to shelf Sonic 4 in favor of Sonic Generations to best celebrate the hedgehog’s 20th anniversary.
When asked if Sonic 4: Episode 3 was a future possibility, Iizuka simply stated that he “can’t say.” I'll admit I'm a little relieved that Sega is letting the ink dry on their love letters to fans instead of overwhelming us with tributes to Sonic's heyday.
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it's Sonic 4 Episode 2. lol typo
They're still making this? Wow, i thought they gave up!
gee, sure has taken long enough
Valve fans: Hey sonic guys, welcome to the waiting for your episode club lol
Sonic fans: Well at least we have a date for our episode
Valve fans: FFFFFFUUUUU
And this is why episodic content doesn't work out for most developers. If you want to make episodes, you should be sure you're able to push out episodic content... episodically.
I just hope they're sticking to that fan-feedback development process they said they were doing, as well as taking some cues from the 2D Sonic levels in Generations.
I think I want Generations more than this.
It's good to know it's still in the works, I was wondering if it'd been cancelled.
So it was all one team? I just assumed that they had a fraction of the team or another team altogether to work on them and have a reasonable 6 month gap between games... that way we all can play them and want more by the time the next episode comes out...
2 episodes across 3 years? Had this been a show it'd be cancelled. Thankfully though, it isn't. Looking forward to Generations and this should add to Sega's rebuilding of the hedgehog's image moving forward.
dang 2010 2 2012 and 2014 wow it might take two years 4 every episode just like the expiration date 4 sonic 3 but im still looking forward 4 every sonic game that comes out and sonic generations comin nov 1st (the true release date as i mentioned last time).
welll I already started, but only if it's for the same systems.