New Sonic game to link Xbox 360 and Windows Phone

Remember Live Everywhere? Microsoft chairman Bill Gates introduced the concept at Microsoft's E3 2006 press conference, where one game would share features with the PC, Xbox 360 and a mobile phone port. As it turned out, that kind of linking was easier said than done. A few Games For Windows Live titles were able to connect their multiplayer users with their Xbox 360 counterparts but that's about it.

Now there's word that an upcoming Sega game, Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II, will truly allow players of the Xbox 360 version to connect with the planned port for Windows Phone. The Official Xbox Magazine (via WPCentral.com) posted up a preview of the retro arcade game this week but it's the video, shown above, where this interesting bit of news is revealed.

In the video Sega's Ken Balough states that when a person plays the Windows Phone port (he erroneously calls it Windows Mobile), they will be able to save the game and then play where they left off on the Xbox 360 version. He states, " ... that's a really cool thing Microsoft has going between the devices and I'm a huge fan of it..."

The game itself is supposed to be released sometime this spring. So far, Microsoft hasn't said anything about linking any other Xbox 360 games to Windows Phone ports so we will have to see if this Sonic game is just a one-off or the beginning of an interesting trend.

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I really am excited to see Sonic back again in 2D side scroll gameplay. I felt like I was waiting all these years during the 3D era just to go back to the Genesis days even if there were great titles like Adventure, and Colors.

I hope they have plans for a Sonic 5

Now I would like to see them release the chao garden on the Windows Phone and update Sonic Adventure to let you send your chao to your Windows Phone.

This is great except for the fact that you'd have to buy a copy of the game for each platform to do this. Would love to see the old GameRoom philosophy of "buy once, play it anywhere"

TheExMascot said,
This is great except for the fact that you'd have to buy a copy of the game for each platform to do this. Would love to see the old GameRoom philosophy of "buy once, play it anywhere"

They might setup a special price that gets you both copies together. Those who just want it on the 360 or on the phone can get a cheaper copy etc. I think it's doable since your using the same Live ID on the 360 and the Phone.

GP007 said,

They might setup a special price that gets you both copies together. Those who just want it on the 360 or on the phone can get a cheaper copy etc. I think it's doable since your using the same Live ID on the 360 and the Phone.

Well, they didn't for episode 1. They even made a contest to purchase them on all devices for a contest to possible win a prize, lol.

However, great to see Sonic recognized by neowin

Peter van Dam said,

Well, they didn't for episode 1. They even made a contest to purchase them on all devices for a contest to possible win a prize, lol.

However, great to see Sonic recognized by neowin

Episode 1 didn't support this option though. Not that I expect this to happen but why not? It'd be the best way to market this new feature IMO.

The Teej said,
That's really cool. I like this feature

Me too. They probably had to wait for save games to be stored in the cloud I'd imagine...