Posted by: dafster | July 29, 2012

Sonic 4: Ep 1 out now on BlackBerry Playbook, Sonic PSN avatars and more

SEGA have just released Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I on BlackBerry Playbook.


“SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – July 25, 2012 – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced that Sonic The Hedgehog 4™ Episode I is now available on the BlackBerry® PlayBook™. Taking advantage of the PlayBook’s brilliant seven-inch LCD touch screen and its powerful 1GHz dual-core processor, everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog never looked better. Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I is available for purchase through BlackBerry App World™ for $6.99 in the United States and ₤7.00 in the United Kingdom.

Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I is the long-awaited sequel to the classic Sonic and Knuckles. With Dr. Eggman finally defeated, Sonic runs off to explore new zones and uncharted lands. Dr. Eggman, furious at the destruction of the Death Egg and the failure of his plans, puts all of his most devious schemes into action. In an effort to finally rid himself of Sonic, he revisits—and improves—the very best of his creations. Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I also features enhanced gameplay elements, including the classic Sonic Spin Dash and the versatile Homing Attack.”


The game is currently on available BlackBerry Playbook for $6.99(US)/£7.00 (UK)

Next up, Steve Lecett from Sumo Digital has made an interesting statement on the SEGA forums about the characters for Sonic & All Stars Racing: Transformed. Here’s what he said:


“The thing is, different people think of different things when you say ‘How many characters are in the game’.

Are we talking about playable choices, drivers, vehicle forms, which platform are we talking about, what?

Me, I go with actual playable choices on the character select. Over all the different platforms, this totals up to 29 actual playable choices. But that doesn’t mean that there are 29 playable choices in all platforms (in fact no single platform has all 29). Some drop down to the low 20′s, some instead have high 20′s.

Why is this? Well some platforms have characters that are unique to that platform. I’m not going to say which, that’s part of the fun of the reveals! Some are SEGA characters, some are not. Don’t bother asking :P

Playable choices doesn’t necessarily equal drivers either. Not as we’re talking passengers or hood ornaments, counting those would indeed be cheap, but you know this is game all about transformation, we are doing things with the vehicles that we’ve not shown you, that are going to really surprise you.

So yes I get that it’s fun to debate who is right and who is wrong, but at the end of the day, you can measure what’s there in loads of different ways. Across all the playable vehicles, there are currently more than 90 different forms (as each vehicle has a land, air and sea mode + you’ve not seen anything on the All-Stars…) and who said each vehicle was limited to a single driver… Or indeed vehicle type per surface.

Wait and see. This is why whenever you ask us anywhere, we can’t give you a straight answer. Well that and the NDA’s.



According to this statement, it would seem as though the characters may differ across platforms.

While we’re on the topic of S&ASR:T, Amazon have just updated their listings for the game on their website with a ‘Bonus edition’ for the PS3 version. It is unknown what exactly they mean by ‘Bonus edition’, though they did give a product description:


“Product Description

Sonic and the All-Stars cast line up on the starting grid once again to battle for supremacy in the ultimate race. Compete across land, water and air in incredible transforming vehicles that change from cars to boats to planes mid-race. Master your driving skills as you drift, barrel role and boost to overtake your rivals, or use your weapons tactically and unleash your All-Star move to gain the winning advantage.

It’s not just your fellow racers you need to watch out for, as the road falls away beneath you, or the river runs dry, new routes emerge and your vehicle transforms to take advantage of the terrain. Discover alternative routes and short cuts as you perfect the course in this adrenaline fuelled dash to the finish line – racing will never be the same again.


Dynamic Tricks: Take to land, sea & air as you race through 16 dynamically changing courses inspired by SEGA’s illustrious gaming history. Discover alternate routes, find new power-ups and avoid emerging hazards as you race to victory – every track feels different.

Choose Your Racer: Race as over 20 legendary All Stars. The starting line-up has been transformed as new iconic characters from the world of SEGA join the race. What other game sees a hedgehog battle it out against a monkey, a sky pirate and an axe wielding dwarf!

Fully Transformable Vehicles: This is no ordinary race. Each character is equipped with their own unique vehicle that can transform into a car, boat and plane to take advantage of the changing terrains. Each vehicle handles differently and players must master all three to triumph.

Tools of Devastation: Utilise an arsenal of devastating weapons which require skill to aim, shoot, evade and block. The All-Star Moves also return, this time the more daring and stylishly you race, the more your All-Star meter increases allowing you to unleash carnage on your opponents!

Ultimate Gaming Experience: Old rivalries can be settled and new ones created in up to 8 player online. Journey through the All-Stars’ world to take on a huge range of modes and challenges, including Grand Prix, Battle arenas and an incredible world tour.


* Transform into a Car: Boost and drift your way around the track.

* Transform into a Boat: Tackle dynamic rapids and huge waves to beat rivals.

* Transform into a Plane: Take to the skies to barrel roll and dogfight to victory.”


As we can see, the description has revealed ‘World Tour Mode’ . This is most likely to be a ‘story mode’ for the game. Nothing much else is new in the description, though they have shown some box-art, and though the game’s official box-art has already been released, one of the pictures shows the 3DS main-screen icon, which isn’t really that exciting, but hey, it’s still news!

In short news, five domains:,,,, and have just been registered by someone unknown. The odd thing about this is that the registrant is the French division of 1&1, a French company which focuses on web hosting. In the past, Sonic games have been registered under EuroDNS. This may be a hoax, but you’d think that SEGA would have removed it by now, as these domains were registered around April 22nd. Anyhow, it’s categorized as a rumor for now.

Next up, SEGA somehow accidently made an update to S&SASR for the iPhone and iPod touch, releasing developer options for the public! For full details on that, as well as screenshots, click here!

Lastly, some Sonic avatars have just been uploaded to the PlayStation Network for anyone who lives in Japan. The avatars include Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Eggman, Shadow, Rouge, Silver, Blaze, Metal Sonic, Cream, Vector, Espio, Charmy, Jet, a Chao, Orbot, Cubot and one which has Sonic, Tails and Knuckles all in one. Check out the screenshot:


Source(s): The Sonic Stadium, Amazon, TSSZsonicadventure3.comTriplePoint Newsroom


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