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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2
If you’ve been playing Sonic games as long as I have, then you always get sucked into Sega’s hype machine when they promise that the franchise will stop sucking with this next release. And dammit, it seems that they were on to something with last year’s release of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. I was a bit confused by the episodic format, but I was just happy to see a new release in the mainline series.
Above: This was just fine, and more might be even better.
Since then, we’ve heard literally nothing about subsequent episodes. Instead, we have Sonic Generations releasing this year and, while it shows great promise, it leaves me wondering what Sega’s plans for Sonic 4 are. While Sega West CEO Mike Hayes says that Episode 2 is coming “very soon,” the company has done little to support that statement. This time last year, the Sonic 4 website was being updated with information, screenshots, and sweet, sweet music as the release for Episode 1 came closer and closer. This time around, nothing.
The first episode wasn’t perfect, but it sold well enough to justify the release of further downloads. If Sonic Generations’ mix of what’s best of old and new Sonic ends up being a success, will there even be a place for Sonic 4 anymore?
Beyond Good & Evil 2
It’s no secret that the original Beyond Good & Evil sold terribly despite glowing reviews, and therefore viewed as one of the greatest injustices in the history of video games. Naturally, everyone who did buy the game was pleasantly surprised when it was announced that a sequel was in the works.
Above: Excited gasp!
Fast forward to this year, and we’ve yet to seen anything new since the one teaser trailer. In the meantime, Ubisoft re-released BG&E on PSN and XBL. While this allowed people that missed out the first time around to check out what all the fuss was about, I suspect that the biggest reason for the HD remaster’s existence was to serve as a test to gauge player interest in a sequel. According to sales figures, I’m not sure it’s a test that gamers passed.
On Xbox Live, the game sold a bit under 100,000 copies during the first half of 2011. Those aren’t terrible numbers, but it was outsold by plenty of other games, including Torchlight, Full House Poker, and Dead Rising: Case West. Data for the game’s PSN sales isn’t known, but since Ubisoft aren’t shouting them from the rooftops I doubt that they’re better.
While Ubisoft insist that the studio developing BG&E2 is focusing its attention on the superb-looking Rayman Origins, I don’t buy it. Beyond Good & Evil, despite being an excellent game that everyone should play, has failed to catch gamers’ attention twice now. Realistically, I doubt that Ubisoft would plunk down the cash to make a game that the gaming community at large has simply shown no interest in.