The world’s favourite blue hedgehog will be making a return in 2012, as manufacturer Sega confirms that Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II will be released this year.
We haven’t been given any more of a specific date than that, but it is still an exciting prospect given the success of Episode I back in 2010.
The first Sonic 4 game owed its popularity to Sega stripping back the game back to its Megadrive basics. Originally released on the iPhone and iPad, the game’s touchscreen controls took some getting used to.
But once the lack of a physical controller had been dealt with, it felt like Sonic had always been on the touchscreen. This was Sega’s first foray into the smartphone market, and the platform style lent itself perfectly to the technology.
Sonic finally returning to smartphones
The success of the game does make you wonder why Sega has waited so long for a follow-up. But it looks like there is one on the horizon at last.
Sega claim Sonic 4 Episode II will be bigger and better, with a new and improved physics engine and better graphics.
But perhaps the most exciting development is the return of a couple of old favourites. Sega has put out a teaser trailer that gives very little away about the look of the game (we can guess at that), but does drop some not-so-subtle hints about returning characters.
Metal Sonic and Tails return
Claiming the ‘rebirth of a villain’ and ‘the return of a sidekick’, the trailer wastes no time in getting us hot under the collar.
As far as we can tell, the villain in question looks set to be Metal Sonic, while the returning sidekick will be everyone’s favourite squirrel Tails.