So they will not release anymore episodes if Episode 2 doesn't do well? That tells me that not only was Sonic 4 not meant to be Sonic 4, it was not even meant to be it's own complete game. Sega wouldn't have held Sonic & Knuckles for ransom like that back in 1994 whether Sonic 3 did well or not. Sega intended Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles to be one game from the very beginning and they were determined to carry out that goal, even going so far as to produce special cartridges to fulfill that purpose. This is not the case with Sonic 4, even though Sega now has the luxury of DLC. Sega did not have a specific goal in mind when they conceived Sonic DL -- I mean, Sonic 4, and that's why we have the disjointed mess we see today.
Sonic 4 doesn't need more episodes, it needs to be its own game. I propose once the "Sonic 4 saga" finishes, Sega pulls a Super Mario Bros. 2 and concocts an alternate Sonic 4, one that has a specific beginning and an end, and one that also has a consistent design philosophy. Personally, I'd just have Taxman do a console remake of Sonic Advance 1 and call that Sonic 4.
Edited by Machenstein, 15 March 2012 - 02:50 PM.