Is it coincidence that on 09-09-09, the tenth year anniversary of the Sega Dreamcast, a new Sonic game has been announced? I highly doubt it, but you never know. What we do know is that Sega officially has a new Sonic game in the works, and promises to return Sonic to the 2D-plane where he belongs.
The game has yet to receive an official title, or at least they haven’t said what it is. It’s being called Project Needlemouse behind closed doors though.
The announcement was made in an interview with Gamespot, where Ken Ballough, associate brand manager at Sega dropped the news:
GS: Why did Sega decide to bring Sonic back to 2D? Did the success of Sonic Rush and Sonic Rush Adventure play a part?
KB: Old-school Sonic fans have long asked to see Sonic return to a more 2D style of gameplay. Many liked the daytime stages in Unleashed, but wanted to see a game that plays purely similar to the early games of the Genesis. Project Needlemouse is that critical first step that brings Sonic back to his 2D roots.
GS: What can you tell us about the game?
KB: I can tell you it’s a brand new 2D adventure coming out in 2010, it’s in HD, and to definitely stay tuned.
GS: With HD makeovers of classic games being popular right now, can we expect the game to use chunky old school sprites or hi-res HD sprites?
KB: You can definitely expect HD graphics.
GS: Thanks for your time.
If reading information isn’t your thing, there’s also a teaser trailer which really does nothing but ‘tease’.
Along with the trailer, a teaser site has been put up which looks like various parts of a Sonic stage. If those happen to be “in-game” they look like something that could be presented on the Nintendo Wii. Hopefully the site will be updated with substantial information soon. Here’s the teaser image for you to decipher; feel free to comment with anything you find. I happen to think the shadow on the far right image looks a lot like Knuckles.
Update: Apparently the site has nothing to do with anything official from Sega regarding Project Needlemouse. I have to say though, that’s some pretty quick work to get the domain up and put confusing images on the page.