Last September, Sega of America's Associate Brand Manager Ken Ballough let it slip that the company was working on a game with the rather cheeky codename of Project Needlemouse.
Honestly, he should have just admitted his colleagues were working on a new Sonic the Hedgehog game, as any Sega fan worth his or her salt knows that designer Naoto Ōshima's original name for Sonic was Mr. Needlemouse.
Anyway, a few days ago the folks at Sega finally told the world what it already knew: That Project Needlemouse is in fact Sonic the Hedgehog 4.
That's not to say the announcement was free of surprises. One of them: The game will be released as a digital download (for the 360, PS3 and Wii). Another: It will be episodic--with the first episode expected to hit the PlayStation Store, WiiWare and XBLA this summer. (Rumor has it the title will hit the iPhone as well.)
A teaser trailer for the title can be found here, while more info can be found here and here.