Inspirationally titled sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 will set you back 1200 Microsoft Points when it launches May 16 on XBLA. Owners of Episode 1 and 2 will also have access to Episode Metal; a free mini-campaign starring Metal Sonic that brings with it four reworked levels from Episode 1 and plugs the narrative gap between Sonic CD and Episode 2. 

Sonic has undergone a bit of a renaissance in recent years with SEGA bolting back to basics with Sonic 4 Episode 1 before hauling Sonic CD out of the past and onto digital platforms, salvaging the franchise’s last vestiges of dignity in the process. We got to spend some time with Episode 2 at PAX East. Take a gander at our preview for an idea of what has changed since 2010.