If you’ve not been awake for the past nine hours, you’ve probably missed the news that Sonic 4: Episode 2 was leaked onto Steam and subsequently downloaded by those who had pre-ordered it, as well as by people rushing to snag an early copy.

However, if you did manage to download it, you might be in for a surprise when you try to re-launch the game.

We’re now being told that whilst the leak was plugged several hours ago to prevent early downloads of the Beta. Those who got the game before it was taken down are now discovering that it will not start up.

Many users are reporting that the play button on episode 2 has been disabled when they re-launch Steam on their system, even if previously they had been able to play episode 2 for a short period of time.

Obviously this sounds like the DRM or some other [insert a long techno babble tid-bit about disabling games that makes it look like he knows what he’s talking about] has been activated to prevent anyone else from playing an unfinished version the game.

Chances are users will be able to re-download it once the game is officially released as this is what tends to happen if the ‘wrong’ version of a game is released on Steam, some people might remember a similar issue when Dead Island was released a few months ago. Just keep an eye on those bank statements to make sure you’re not charged twice when the game is released later in May.

Thanks to members of SSMB for confirming this and Kamicciolo for the image.

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25 Responses to Steam Disables Play of Sonic 4: Episode 2 Beta

  1. I’m hoping that someone uploads the footage of the game before they close it.

    • I’m not providing direct leakage, but if you REALLY want to spoil it for yourself, “ShadowOfRuki”, from Youtube, has already finished and recorded the whole game. He is currently uploading the whole game act by act.

      Of all the footage I’ve seen so far, the game is amazing. Please do not spoil the surprises that SEGA has in store for you. Please.

    • Not to sound like I’m spamming, but I posted some on my youtube channel if you want to check it out :)
      parody42

  2. It’s not DRM they simply removed the actual game from the subscription so it’s not available for launch through Steam anymore and replaced it with Preorder APP.

  3. What happens if you launch it from the desktop?

    • Desktop shortcut created by Steam will not work but if you launch the game directly through .exe while the Steam client is running it WILL work. Although achievements will not be available anymore. If you try to launch the game trough without Steam running it will say “Steam must be running to play this game.”

  4. sonictheepichog says:

    The guy who is uploading the game got too oil desert right now. He hasnt closed his window so…

  5. I pre purchased it but didn’t apear in my library.
    Should this have happened (I pre purchased after the beta was locked)

  6. Very Clever sega…

  7. Jix Hedgehog says:

    Well, it was a fun ride while it lasted. I’m sure SEGA are enjoying the output generated

  8. This makes no difference, people have already cracked it so it can be played without authentication. It’s only a matter of time before it spreads like wildfire.

  9. Sonic4:Episode 2 fan says:

    Ok,cool,i hope they put it on steam so the guys who downloaded (me) Get it,cuz ´im dying of playing this game,i want it.

  10. sporeboy100 says:

    hey, this is a Sonic website, no room for any third party games, unless its a mixture with Sonic involved

  11. Sonic Adventure 3
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=vmDs8ALzDbA
    it looks real enough to me

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  13. Did anyone try to unplug the internet & launch steam in offline mode prior the “fix”? This may have let someone continue to play.

  14. One major reason not to let Steam connect to the Internet automatically.

    Welcome to the future of gaming.

    • SolidSonicTH says:

      No matter what, Steam being ‘good DRM’ means it’s still DRM. THEY control your games, no matter how much freedom you think you have under them.

      Software can never be truly ‘free’ until the notion that once you buy something, the company who sold it to you can no longer flex any control over its usage is finally set in stone.