We were dead chuffed when SEGA announced that they were returning to the Blue Bomber's 2D roots in an episodic format, but over a year has passed since the slightly disappointing Sonic 4: Episode 1 hit the digital marketplace. However, the second episode will be speeding onto multiple formats later this year with a "completely reworked physics engine" and "all-new character animations."
We've got a new teaser trailer and some extra details after the break. There's no gameplay footage, but thankfully, there aren't any painfully slow mine carts either.
Sonic 4: Episode 1 is slated to release on the PSN, Xbox Live Arcade, App Store, Android Marketplace (with an enhanced version for the latest TEGRA handsets) and Windows Phone 7, though the Wii is curiously absent. SEGA have apparently "listened to the fans" and plan to build on the success of Episode 1 with "new areas and challenges" while correcting some of its more aggravating flaws.
After twenty years in action, it’s clear that Sonic hasn't slowed down one bit. The first entry in the Sonic 4 saga was a major success. We’ve listened to the fans and been hard at work making sure we recapture that same spirit of fun in Episode II. We hope the fans will enjoy it. - Haruki Satomi, Senior Vice President of Digital Business, SEGA of America