Saturday, February 06, 2010

Surprise, surprise: Sega's Project Needlemouse = Sonic the Hedgehog 4

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.


Viewtiful_Justin said...

Cool. If it's relatively cheap, I may check it out, despite my feeling that the game is essentially broken...egging you on to go faster and the punishing you for going too fast. BAH! Don't get me started...

Bryan Ochalla said...

Honestly, I probably won't buy it regardless of price. I'm just not all that interested in Sonic, I guess -- sorry Sonic fans!