Sega has capped off 2011 by giving us a teaser into what we can look forward to in 2012, as a short promo confirms Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II for release next year.
The trailer is light on information, lacking any actual gameplay footage; but it confirms the return of Tails to the series and "the Rebirth of a Villain." It's coming to Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, iOS, Windows Phone and Android. Nintendo Wii has been scratched off the list to receive this sequel. Better luck next time.
After Episode I's muted response, and the release of the rather cracking Sonic CD earlier this month, Sega has taken the formula and revamped it to cure any initial criticisms heard about the previous iteration. Primarily, the company has completely reworked character animations and the physics engine (thank God). If one thing's for certain, with a two year gap between episodes, they've had a lot of time to work on it. Check out the teaser below.
With the pace they're going, they might just become the new "Valve."
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