Report: S4E2 Patch Testing on Steam

Report: S4E2 Patch Testing on Steam

by May 22, 2012

Strong Speculation it May Fix Locked Down Resolution

Screenshots from Steam have surfaced on SSMB and elsewhere that suggest Sega has submitted a new patch for Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II.

There is no clear indication as to what the patch may update or fix, but many fans have wondered out loud whether it could unlock the game’s resolution, and allow players to go beyond the 720p resolution set in-game.  For those unaware, fans had discovered the lockdown almost immediately upon S4E2’s release last week, and some outcry ensued.  Sonic 4 brand manager Ken Balough said in response the game’s assets were made natively at 720p, making it rather difficult to upscale.  It was then discovered the game’s anti-aliasing could be manipulated and upscale S4E2’s resolution without much trouble.  Only a line or two of code was needed.

There are some suggestions the patch will allow that, but nothing else.  So if you were banking on a proper ending for all emeralds and all red rings, no such luck. We will let you know.