After months of teasing fans with the rumor and wild speculation of Project Needlemouse, Sega has finally announced the worthy successor to the company flagship: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1.
The teaser trailer for the new game, which demonstrates first a retrospective of older Sonic titles before demonstrating the hedgehog’s speed on next-generation platforms, can be found below.
According to Gamestop, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 will be available this summer as a downloadable title for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Wii.
Although fans of the series have been begging Sega for a 2D release since 1994 - the last release of a 2D Sonic game - Sega has steadily released franchise spin-off titles and 3D versions of the game. Some titles, such as Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood for DS, did reasonably well, garnering a 74 score on metacritic. Others were received poorly by critics - the most recent Sonic game, Sonic Unleashed, stands at the abysmal Metacritic score of 54.
In an interview with Gamespot, Ken Balough, the Sega associate brand manager, brought to light a number of other features about the upcoming game. Gameplay features, such as the spin dash and power sneakers, will be further incoproated into the gameplay. Sonic 4 will also contain online leaderboards, in which players can compete with one another for ever-increasing high scores.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 trailer