Thursday, February 4, 2010

And It's Official...

Today is a good day to be a Sonic fan. Why? Well, look above. That's right, Sonic the Hedgehog 4, otherwise known as "Project Needlemouse," is on its way! I'm also excited because all fears can finally be put to rest, Wii users! Despite all the talk of "HD this" and "HD that," SEGA hasn't forgotten us (yet)!

The trailer doesn't offer much, beyond teasing a portion of what appears to be the first level and a look at Sonic himself. Which is all good in my book. I'm looking forward to what else SEGA plans to reveal in the coming months. One thing to note, that the game is indeed a downloadable. ...Why, I'm not sure, but according to Ken Ballough in an interview with Gamespot:
It's also a promise to Sonic fans. We're going to deliver a Genesis-era Sonic game as if it were created today that goes to the core of what classic Sonic fans desire. This means [the fan] gets to judge us on our work each step of the way, and we plan on delivering that goal in a big way.
The episodic approach does still strike me as strange, but this is probably SEGA's way of not making a downloadable ridiculously expensive (also, they're vaguely following the logic that Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles were one game split, why not do it here? ...I have no comment for that one). But, it also shows that SEGA does, in fact, care. Hopefully THIS will be THE game to bring back Sonic's mass-appeal he held in the 90's. This shouldn't just be for the gamers who grew up with Sonic, nor should newer fans feel excluded. Yes, I said it. What I care about, mainly, is that SEGA can finally shut up some fanboys and return Sonic to full glory. ...Also, I'm hoping that the care and love they promise that is going into this game, will rub off onto future entries in the series (come on, SEGA, you can make a good 3D game!).

And, with that said, here's the trailer:

The game takes place after the events of Sonic 3 & Knuckles, so I'm interested in seeing where this fits into the larger Sonic (game) canon and what this means for everything that came after Sonic 3. Check out some concept art and keep watch of everything that's going on by checking out SEGA's blogs and the OFFICIAL Sonic the Hedgehog 4 website.

Until next time, later!
Speed is something that is not given; but rather earned through dedication. Speed is not found by simply pushing a boost button, but by building momentum. It is the reward for skill in the face of difficult challenges – this kind of speed is the most exhilarating, not only because it is fast, but because of the pure perfection such speed exemplifies. This is the truth of the original Sonic games – and this is the truth of Project Needlemouse.
~From SEGA's blog.

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