Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 releases today

By Steve Watts, May 15, 2012 1:30pm PDT

With a few overshadowing presences hitting today, it would be easy to overlook just about any other game that releases. So just in case you prefer furries with "tude" to crippling addictions to pills or loot, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 begins rolling out today, and will hit various other platforms through the rest of the week.

The Sega Blog outlines the release plans. Today it comes to PlayStation Network and PC via Steam, followed tomorrow on XBLA. Each of those versions will be $14.99 (1200 MSP). Plus, it will hit certain Android phones tomorrow, and the iOS App Store on Thursday. Mobile versions will cost $6.99.

As previously reported, grabbing Episode 2 on the same platform that you played Episode 1 will grant you special "Episode Metal" stages starring Metal Sonic. The game and "Episode Metal" content will come to more Android devices in June, and Windows Phones by July.

Downloading the game on two platforms will have your name featured in a video from Sega, and grabbing four versions (for some reason) will get you a mini-poster signed by the Sega of America team.

"Sonic 4 Episode II is very special because we've integrated community feedback into the game," said digital senior VP Haruki Satomi, in the announcement. "We have some of the most loyal and dedicated fans and I hope they enjoy this next chapter in the Sonic 4 saga."

Those changes include a revamped graphics and physics engine, to get rid of some of the Episode 1 foibles, plus the return of Tails. Last we heard, Sega isn't planning a third episode.

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