Four months ago, Sega teased Project Needlemouse, an upcoming downloadable 2D Sonic game coming to consoles sometime this year. As of yesterday, we have a name, a release window, a list of the consoles it’s coming to, and even a tiny sliver of gameplay footage. Woo!
Sega has chosen to go the Mega Man 9 route with the title, calling it Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I. Call it authentic, call it exploitative, but this is probably a pretty good idea considering how well MM9 sold. Not to mention that hearing the phrase “Sonic the Hedgehog 4″ reaches inside me and tickles some long-dormant old-Sega-loving part. Then again, the “Episode I” part is so new-Sega that it’s difficult not to feel like this is already some calculated attempt to squeeze the last bit of money and hope out of those of us who once loved the hedgehog.
They also put out another pretty exciting teaser, posted after the jump:
That logo, man. Gives me chills.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I is coming to Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and WiiWare this summer. Here’s hoping it doesn’t surgically remove the last specks of optimism from our hearts.
Readers! Do you have any hope at all that this will end well? Does “Once a cheater, always a cheater” apply to video game franchises? Let us know in the comments!