Sega has finally revealed the game formerly known as Project Needlemouse to be Sonic the Hedgehog 4- a sequel to the Sega Genesis era Sonic titles. To the relief of many oft-ignored Sonic fans, it will be a 2-D platformer in the vein of the Genesis titles, with the story taking place after Sonic & Knuckles.
Additionally, Sega will add timed leaderboards to the game, allowing friends to compare their times and race each other in the game. It will also incorporate motion controls for the PS3 and Wii, though how it will do so has not been revealed yet
The game will be episodic, which means Sega has planned multiple entries in this ‘new’ style to be released in the next year or so. The first will be released this summer as a downloadable title via XBLA, PSN, and WiiWare.
Teaser trailer after the break.