UPDATE: Microsoft Removes S4:E2 Screenshots from XBOX.com

UPDATE: Microsoft Removes S4:E2 Screenshots from XBOX.com

by February 15, 2012

Another Year, Another MS Mistake

We’ve received a couple tips in that indicated Microsoft removed the ten screenshots that were a part of Sonic 4: Episode II’s product page on XBOX.com this afternoon.

That means it took all of six hours between the varied screenshots bursting onto many corners of the Sonic community, and someone–presumably a person within Sega–informing Microsoft they shouldn’t have been there.  Still, the damage has been done.

On the other hand…what damage?  The unintentional release may have helped restore Sonic 4’s heavily soiled reputation among fans for now.  Glossier graphics that many are already comparing to visuals in Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Generations are the chief contributor to the current change of heart.

Still, the fact that such varied shots were released indicate the game is close to completion.  Given how it was through Microsoft’s PartnerNET service that the entirety of Episode I leaked in video form two years ago, one has to wonder, given this gaffe, whether an early copy already exists there–and how close it is to again being compromised.  For now, however, let’s not spoil the mood.

UPDATE: Well, what do you know–as of late morning, Microsoft re-uploaded the screenshots to S4:E2’s product page.