Posted 17 April

Bringing Collaborative Play To Sonic 4 Episode II

As you’re no doubt aware, Sonic 4 Episode II will be upon us in due course. I’m just here to give an overview of one of the features we’re most proud of in the upcoming game – Collaborative Gameplay between Sonic and Tails. Sonic can now team up at any point in the game with Tails, by utilising one of three combo moves in order to progress through some of the more challenging parts of a level.

Firstly, we have the Copter Combo (fans of the earlier Sonic titles will remember this from Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles) which allows players to take control of Tails to lift Sonic up and over objects or onto previously unobtainable platforms.

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Secondly, the Submarine Combo allows players to overcome Sonic’s big weakness, his inability to swim. Tails can now pick up Sonic and swim through the water scuba style, meaning that Sonic now has a way to speed through the underwater parts of a level. Meaning that whilst you still need to collect those all-important air bubbles to stay alive, you’re in much less of a hurry thanks to Tails support.

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Finally, the Rolling Combo combines Sonic and Tails into a giant spin dash increasing their speed and giving the opportunity to unleash some devastation on opponents, and the environment, alike. This can be used to mow down even the biggest enemies, knock down large objects and even plough through snowdrifts.

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This is available in both the single player adventure, where players control Sonic and only control Tails when in the combination moves, but also in two-player mode (both online and local) where a player controls each character and they share combination move duties.

In addition to this there’s also going to be other opportunities for collaborative play in the game – but we are not allowed to talk about them just yet!

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Furthermore Episode II features a brand new graphics and physics engine so the game looks better than ever and Sonic feels like he did in the days of the Mega Drive.

The game is going to be hitting PlayStation Store later in the spring so look out for upcoming updates where we might reveal new stuff for the future.

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mockerby 17 April, 2012 @ 2:55 pm   1

Sounds awesome. hopefully there will be done decent trophies too. Remember how much I hated, but at the same time loved the challenge of completing the last set of bosses without getting hit. One of my proudest golds

    Mike Kebby 17 April, 2012 @ 4:21 pm    

    I’ve yet to take a look at the trophy list actually, must do that. I’m sure it will be suitably challenging though ;)

Skookie30 17 April, 2012 @ 3:09 pm   2

welcome back mike do you know the price yet for it, it a day 1 buy for me.

btw any news on other free sega megadrives games for plus this year + sonic adventure 2 with upgrade DLC.

Thanks.

    Mike Kebby 17 April, 2012 @ 4:22 pm    

    Always nice to be back Skookie :)

    The price will be revealed at a later date, I’ll be back on the blog in due course with more info.

DAYDANNY666 17 April, 2012 @ 3:14 pm   3

What a great free GAME!

ninja_tom 17 April, 2012 @ 3:21 pm   4

Hi,

Is there a Vita version of this? Will it support Crossplay?

Thanks!

 
supersmith2500 17 April, 2012 @ 3:38 pm   5

Awesome! Can’t wait for 18th May to play this Episode II along with Metal Sonic’s own episode where you can play as Metal Sonic W00T!

Stages looks more 3Dish now than 2D though even though backgrounds are still 3D back in EP.1. Hope Dimps improved the physics this time.

 
beardyweirdy 17 April, 2012 @ 4:04 pm   6

Mike i’m stealing your avatar i don’t care what you say

    Mike Kebby 17 April, 2012 @ 4:23 pm    

    I’m happy to share the love, you are welcome to some Renji awesomeness! :P

 

Hiya Kebster!

I’ll be getting this.

Please get Guardian Heroes to the PSN! It’s a crime it’s only on XBL!

 

Oh yeah: The Vita is in desperate need of some SEGA!

 
supersmith2500 17 April, 2012 @ 6:29 pm   9

@Klart:
Yeah, there is Virtua Tennis 4 I think I agree, it’s need more Sonic.

@Mike:
Will Sonic 4 Ep.2 feature 2-player mode?

ninja_tom 17 April, 2012 @ 7:48 pm   10

@supersmith2500 @Klart VT4 is great if you don’t have it already, definitely worth picking up, if you do, add me

 
supersmith2500 17 April, 2012 @ 7:57 pm   11

@ninja_tom,
Coo. Might plan on picking VT4 up along with Mortal Kombat then. =D

 
blu_mackenzie 17 April, 2012 @ 10:58 pm   12

Sega, please bring to the Vita!

Looking forward to getting this game.

Price has already been announced as £9.99

Trophy list is here guys, was leaked back in Feb

http://www.8bitfix.com/content/sonic-hedgehog-4-episode-2-trophies-list-leaked-4064/

ninja_tom 18 April, 2012 @ 7:00 am   13

@supersmith2500 I am getting MK too!

flasheart456 18 April, 2012 @ 3:32 pm   14

I always got nostalgic about sonic games so many happy memories this one looks awesome gonna get this one