UPDATE: Click to the comment section to see the full trailer. Updated the title since Metal appears to just have his own episode separate from the main game.

Just revealed on Gamespots “On the Spot” was that owners of both Sonic 4 episodes (on the same system I believe) will get “lock-on” technology where you will be able to play as Metal Sonic! Plus, purchasing both episodes gives you four exclusive levels. Along with this news, the release date have been revealed for the US. May 15th for PSN, May 16th for LIVE, later May for PC, June for Android and July for Windows Mobile. Also, expect to see a new trailer with a new level revealed later today.

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102 Responses to Metal Sonic Playable in Sonic 4. Release Date

  1. PyrosThunder says:

    Bad ass.

  2. Kooooo’

  3. Augh, beat me to the punch. xD

    Still. Holy shit.

    I got the full details screenies in the Media Library!

  4. Oh dear God… In my mind, I am so f****** tearful… Metal, precious, evil Metal, playable in Ep2 AND Ep1!!!! If only my older bro wasn’t in the same room as I am in typing this on my iPod, I would burst into tears of joy (somehow fitting whilst listening to Nightwish’s Planet Hell)! =’D

    & LOCK-ON!?! I didnt even think that Sega would do that again! Today’s a great day! =D

  5. sonicwalter says:

    HAHAHAHA! now i believe sega for the release date for spring :D

  6. Wait, so if you already have Sonic 4 Episode 1 on your PS3/360, and if you buy Episode 2 on the same console, Metal Sonic will be unlocked?? You don’t have to bu anything else specific? SWEET! :D

    Ever since the 1st Episode 2 teaser, i had the BIGGEST FEELING that Metal Sonic would be playable! Haha!

  7. Chibinuva says:

    So Metal Sonic will be getting his own levels in Episode 1 through lock-on, just like Knuckles was playable with alternate level paths in Sonic 2 and 3. Does this mean Metal Sonic is a playable character in Sonic 4 Episode 2?

    • Quote -”where you will be able to play as Metal Sonic in both games!” So YAY

      • I just realized since HMS will be replacing Sonic who or what are they replacing tails with ????
        Can you feel the sunshine? because it’s nightime here

        • Rabid-Noodles says:

          I’m guessing either another robot, or he’s so powerful he can do all the combo moves himself.

        • The-Master-Board says:

          I wish it was Tails Doll, but it could possibly be just another Metal Sonic with the Tails Doll-like thingy on its head like what we see in the recent Ep2 Xbox avatars stuff.
          I still can hope for Tails Doll though!

          Well damn….the first level of this game that actually feels mostly original to me. That plus getting to play as Metal AND some extra zones (please let the Stardust Speedway Zone we see in the trailer be playable!!) make this slightly more wanted than before…hmm

    • No, Metal Sonic will go through the same levels in Episode 1, just like Sonic.

      They said there will be “4 exclusive levels” and im not sure if its only for Metal, or for Sonic too (probably both, once you unlock Episode Metal).

      I do not know if the 4 exclusive levels will be inbetween or after, or scattered around Episode 1 and 2.

      All i know is that I’m super excited! In the trailer, it showed Eggman reviving Metal Sonic in Stardust Speedway Bad Future! So it looks like that may be one of the exclusive (or the last Episode 2 level) levels from Episode Metal!

      Ahh, im too excited, maybe because we are one month from release! :D Cannot wait!

  8. sonicwalter says:

    trailer! need trailer to beat all of ya

  9. Michael198 says:

    do you not think its abit unfair that Metal Sonic is playable solo and not Tails? but all in all im happy!

  10. theroonco says:

    BOOYAKASHAA!

  11. so it will lock on the mobile versions too
    bad ass
    i have only got EP 1 on ios android os PC PSN Xbox live arcade
    so i will have no problem about dates

  12. I would rather play as Knuckles, but w/e. I’m far more excited for the return of Lock-On.

  13. Anyone know why they release them on different days? I mean it’s a big deal, but it seems kinda weird whenever to see one released on the 15th and one released on the 16th? Just wondering, is it a developer thing?

    • No, it probably has something to do with the networks (XBLA and PSN a.k.a. Sony and Microsoft). If SEGA could, they would release them on the same day, but not everything can go SEGA’s way.

    • Why do you think Sonic 3 was never released on PSN? Probably because of problems between Sony and SEGA.

      • Hogfather says:

        Actually it’s to do with Microsofts rules about releasing content on other networks before it’s own…

        Basically, ‘if you don’t release it on our network first, you can’t release it on our network at all’

        But you can get around this rule by releasing it on the US PSN first, then the Xbox network as a whole, finally then releasing it on the full PSN.

        • Oh thanks for clarifying! That seems somewhat selfish though, to me.

          “if you don’t release it on our network first, you can’t release it on our network at all”

          ^Microsoft said that, right? Wow…that’s pretty demanding.

          • That’s kinda like what Sony said to Sega about releasing Sonic Heroes on the PS2, except if they didnt make a PS2 version, then Sega can’t make anymore games for that platform. Son of a…

          • sonicplayer says:

            to clarify a bit in the gamespot interview ken balough actually said may 15 xbla, may 16 psn, so either the trailer is wrong or he is

  14. Do you guys realize when Ken mentioned that Tails cannot be playable by himself because of certain parts in the game where you need Sonic. to do the big combo roll? – Then how is Metal Sonic going to do it? Maybe he’ll have a special ability to get through those certain segments.

    Still, how come Tails cannot be playable for Episode 1??? If Metal is in Ep 1, then why cannot Tails be?? This is messed up SEGA. All I really wanted was Tails, not Metal Sonic. tsk, tsk, SEGA. No offesnse, but WHAT game company thinks about semi-villains before brothers?! What the fudge, SEGA.

    • Hogfather says:

      Metal Sonic has special abilities. These are clearly shown in the trailer.

      • I didn’t really pay attention to that lol. I was too busy being wowed that he’s in the game haha.

        All i remember was him floating(running) a loop in Splash Hill. xD

      • sonicwalter says:

        not you hogfather. ur ok

    • sonicwalter says:

      shut the hell up! just because metal is playable, doesn’t mean you have the right to say tails should be and not metal himself. he hasn’t been able to be played in a good sonic game till now. maybe we don’t want tails to be played right now. get over it :\

      • Woah man, calm down! I was curious to why SEGA did that, I wasn’t pissed at all. I bet most people would vote for Tails than Metal, because no one wants a second Sonic.

        Get off my chest, man.

    • Well, they might just reveal some Tails DLC for Episode I too.

  15. SolidSonicTH says:

    Yes! I knew owning both episodes would mean something!

    • Now all those people who do not have Episode 1, but want Metal Sonic, are going to buy it, just for 4 more levels, and Metal. To me, it’s worth it!

      I feel bad for all those Wii owners……don’t give up hope yet guys, maybe SEGA will release Episode 2 for Wii U, and when you transport all of your virtual console games(including Episode 1) then Episode 2 will recognize that you have Episode 1, and BOOM, everyone’s happy! :)

  16. Anonymous says:

    Omgomgomg

    Its sonic 3 and knuckles all over again, finally metal sonic gets some time in the spotlight to be playable. 4 exclusive levels too, yes!

    • AND AT THE AFFORDABLE PRIVE OF 9595.95!

      Jk haha, it’s free!

    • Anonymous says:

      Omgomgomg

      Trailers even better, sooooo want to play as metal. Guess episode metal would act as an episode 0 or something.

  17. MilesKnightwing says:

    Metal Sonic 4 Episodes 1 & 2, lol.

    MS playable in both episodes is a great move. I have wanted to play as MS in a 2d game for ages.

  18. Eh, pretty awesome but, kinda lame for those who bought the Wii Sonic4 ):

    Adding 4 extra levels is somewhat expected since EP2 wouldve been last year and it would have been EP3 this year, so in a round-about way, 2 EP’s for the price of 1 (unless you have to re-buy EP1 then 3for2 lol). Nonetheless, cannot wait to nerdgasm over this!

  19. lock on? sounds very pleasing to me. i hope its not just metal sonic. i wanna see myself start from splash hill and make my way through that final level in episode 2. oh well…we’ll have to see.

  20. SegaSonic27 says:

    if metal sonic is playable in both 1&2 then when you face metal sonic as a boss you would be facing yourself O_o

    • Yeah, and what about when Metal Sonic goes against Eggman?? WTF 0_0

      Maybe SEGA has something planned. Either there wont be bosses for Metal, or something else wil be replaced in favor of battling Eggman(Ep 1 and 2) and Sonic and Tails (Ep 2).

      This is strange. :/ Hope SEGA either keeps it simple, or finds a work-around this.

    • Paradox the Hedgehog says:

      “You may know everything I’m going to do, but that’s not going to help you, since I know everything you’re going to do… STRANGE, ISN’T IT?!?”

      …Sorry, I just had to say that…

  21. “Discover the rebirth of Metal Sonic” and maybe 2nd “death” as he is in a capsule in Sonic Adventure.

  22. Sounds cool. I hope “reworked levels” means “fixed physics”, honestly.

  23. No freaking way!

  24. Sonic Keyblade 007 says:

    Wow Sega you really out did yourselves this time. And PSN gets it before Xbox Live for once? Sweet! I can’t wait to purchase this on my PS3 next month. :D

  25. Metal Sonic playable? Only one thing to say:

    TURN IT UP! GET DOWN!

  26. YAY MIDDLE EAST ZONE!

  27. Lock-on….
    ( •_•)
    ( •_•)>⌐■-■
    (⌐■_■)
    Some secrets story-wise are about to be revealed when playing as Metal.

  28. Dakota Jones says:

    Ok, what’s confusing me about the episodes being “Lock-on” is don’t they have almost completely different graphics and physics?? How would that work out? Will they be doing a Sonic 4-1 remake to integrate Ep2′s physics into it at least?

  29. TheDanimator says:

    YES!
    I always said I thought metal sonic should be playable!

  30. My Xbox 360 broke before Christmas.

    On a side note, I hate everyone celebrating. Jealous me is jealous.

    Enjoy your Metal Sonic, don’t step on any landmines >:I

  31. Trailer here is people cant get the stream to work, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWs8_ms7n-s

  32. Jake the Freshman says:

    41 days away!!

  33. sonicplayer says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RavFGPBn9lQ
    it had to be done look at metal sonic in lost labrinth zone in the trailer

  34. Jeb the Hedgefox says:

    See! What’d I tell you guys, lock on IS possible… *tears of joy* Wow…. Metal Sonic, another return of Stardust Speedway, more levels, AND gameplay of the desert level that looks AWESOME! Plus the release dates! YES! May 15th is going to be AWESOME!

  35. This is cool. But isn’t fair for those who already bought episode one. They’ll miss out on the 4 extra levels unless they rebuy a game they already have! Or for those who played on Wii. They will have to rebuy the game if they want to play as Metal!

    • A. I think they phrased it wrong: You get Metal AND the bonus levels so long as Episode 1 is on the console. According to the trailer, at least.
      2. This game isn’t for the Wii.

      • Angel D. Figueroa says:

        you missed the point, he was saying that people (like myself) who bought this game on the wii won’t be able to play the metal Sonic epiosde unless they buy it again for a different console, which is really messed up.

  36. so we get it free if we own ep 1?
    damn that makes me proud to say
    ‘I OWN SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 4 EPISODE ONE’
    ahh episode metal i do want you, you sure are a sexy little add on

  37. interesting, I hope we also get dlc characters like Knuckles and Amy.

    • Jake the Freshman says:

      Amy is confirmed to not be in this game at all when they did the character list thing for Project Needlemouse.

  38. Hey, Metal Sonic, why the long face?

  39. C.Olimar788 says:

    Well now. One part of me thinks this is pretty nifty, but the other part of me feels incredibly ripped off since I got Episode 1 on the Wii… >_>

    Maybe I’ll just wait and see if it releases on the Wii-U and if you can get the lock-on content there, assuming you can transfer WiiWare games over.

    • Yes, Nintendo confirmed that you will be able to transfer your downloaded games into the Wii U.

      Just like how we were able to transfer our DS downloaded games to the 3DS, because of the 3DS System Transfer Tool. :)

  40. What has two thumbs and is super excited?
    THIS GIRL

  41. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 4 EP 3 WITH PLAYABLE SUPER MARIO
    JOKE!

  42. LillyJade says:

    Duh, if you play as Metal Sonic in Episode 2, he’s teamed up with Tails Doll. All hail the Tails Doll. Who wants to play? :}

  43. Angel D. Figueroa says:

    WOAH! NOT FAIR! I have episode 1 on the Wii, and this episode isn’t coming out on wii (or any nintendo hardware) so HOW am I going to unlock the episode Metal bonus? Are you going to force me to buy episode one AGAIN on a different platform? That is a real kick in the teeth Sonic Team!

  44. Jix Hedgehog says:

    Sounds like fun.. as long as he has a new skill or something..
    I’d trade playable Metal for Episode 3 thou

  45. darkkyo64 says:

    They did it, Sega really did it. Sonic 4 with lock on technology and metal sonic as a extra episode. XD Sonic 4 I think you have finally deserved your name. =D

  46. Why is the music on these Sonic 4 previews so over the top and lame? XD

    Playable Metal Sonic, not something new but I’m curious to see Super Metal Sonic which I think that was.

    I’m sad the levels look like a mixture of two levels, but there’s enough originality which makes them inspirited and not super copies like Ep 1 atleast.

    Anyone noticed Metal Sonic in Stardust Speedway getting shocked by Eggman? what will that be about?

  47. Metal Sonic playable? Stardust Speedway may be an extra zone?! FFFFFUUUUUU—-

    Just gonna pinch myself to make sure this isn’t an extremely real dream.

    • Jake the Freshman says:

      Stardust Speedway isn’t an extra zone. It’s just showing how Metal Sonic was brought back to life.

      • Yes, but you may play through stardust speedway to get from little planet to earth/mobius. we shall see.

  48. Metal Sonic in Episode 1?
    Strange, isn’t it!

  49. MilesKnightwing says:

    That new zone looks great. Has a very oil oceany vibe. Can’t wait.

  50. sporeboy100 says:

    my money is not going through the screen, HELP!!!

  51. Sucks for me.

    I got Episode 1 for Wii.

    • sonicwalter says:

      aparently there is going to be a feature for the wii u that you can transfer the games from your old wii to the new wii u like with the 3ds. plus episode 2 would hopefuly be avalible for it aswell so your in luck if you get that console plus having your old wii still

  52. TheDanimator says:

    I still think its inexcusable that you cant play as Sonic and Tails alone from what I can tell.

  53. Apparently, Doctor Who and Eggman have joined forces to rule the world: by using Tardis-powered oil derricks!

  54. Valormere says:
  55. And after all the hype, we’re still yet to see a single instance of comic mischief!

  56. kevinm360 says:

    Wait, so does this mean that by having both Sonic 4: Episode 1 and Episode 2, you get four extra levels, bringing the total up to 12? If so, that’s awesome.

    I assume Metal Sonic will be playable in both Sonic 4: Episode 1 and 2? I guess this is them making up for deciding against Sonic 4: Episode 3.

    • They never decided against episode 3, they are just waiting to see how well episode 2 will sell. I think that’s what Izuka said back before they released generations.

  57. damnhedge says:

    i’m wondering somthing dident episode 1 get released same day as the US ?

  58. Strange that Tails can’t be fully playable but Metal can, not complaining or anything but I don’t understand why Tails can’t be playable (alone) but still I think Metal Sonic playable is awesome and I’m sure it will be a good treat.

    • Maybe they are waiting for episode two to sell well so that they can release an episode 3 with an “Episode Tails” lock-on.

  59. Oooooooo. Awesome.

  60. That opening shot of Eggman trying to zap Metal Sonic may be failure punishment.

    Eggman tried to destroy the Metal,
    He failed!
    And he was cast to the ground…

    Sorry…

  61. Dr Robotnik says:

    WHY OH WHY in this and in Gerneations before dees Stardust Speedway always have a “bad future”?

    I mean worked hard to get all timestones, destoyed all metal sonic holograms AND destroyed the machines in the past!

    Why is my hard work all for nothing if its always going to be a bad future there!!?!!

  62. Well this is an interesting turn of events. Seeing Metal Sonic back in action is not a pipe dream!
    I wonder if there might be more DLC for Generations too.

    Love the inclusion of the lock-on feature just like the good ol-Genesis days!

  63. Since Ep. 2 is also coming out on iOS, I’m interested to know how they’re going to manage to implement these “lock-on” features into that version of the game, or even if it’s going to be done for that version at all. Something tells me they might end up becoming an IAP (In-App Purchase), unless the people at SEGA can work miracles for those who can only play both games on Apple devices.

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