A brief glimpse for those quick enough to catch it
Sonic 4: Episode 1 was a turning point in Sega’s history of security mishaps and leaks. The entire game leaked months in advance, prompting Sega to go back and retool certain levels after fans had reacted poorly to them. From that point onwards, Sega seemed to take greater care in keeping their secrets a little more… well, secret.
But now it’s happened again – a playable build of “Sonic 4 Episode 2 Beta 8” was made publicly available earlier this morning on Valve’s personal computer gaming platform, Steam. Given that it’s a Saturday and most people are currently sleeping in or at work, it would have gone quietly unnoticed until the error was corrected – but Sonic Stadium managed to catch it. This “Beta 8” was taken down within a couple hours of going up, but it was out there long enough that a small handful of people managed to get their hands on the game and provide us with an extended glimpse at what it looks like – we suggest you take a look at these as soon as you can, as one would expect Sega to send take-down notices.
As one can tell, this build does not immediately appear to be the full game – listed levels only include Sylvania Castle, Oil Desert, and White Park, with noticeable empty space where more stages could go.
If we’re able to tell you more, we’ll be sure to do it.