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Sega planning new 2D, HD Sonic game

Sega planning new 2D, HD Sonic game

Sega has teased a new Sonic game for 2010 - a 2D, high-definition one that could mark a return to form.

After many, many years of awful attempts to bring the Sonic the Hedgehog series into a 3D universe, with the latest travesty being the terrible Sonic: Unleashed, Sega has finally decided to go back to basics - with a new 2D Sonic.

Codenamed as Project Needlemouse, the game will apparently take Sonic back to his former glory in a completely two-dimensional adventure that'll be rendered in gorgeous high-definition.

The release date listed for the game is an unilluminating '2010' and no platform is listed either, but the mention of HD puts the Nintendo platforms out of the picture and makes a Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 release even more likely.

Aside from that all that's really known about the game is that it will make use of the old-fashioned style of Sonic art, some of which can be seen on the official Needlemouse teaser website. It's also known that the game won't be a simple remake or enhancement of the original games, with the teaser trailer unveiled by GameSpot Australia promising that it'll be an all new adventure built from the ground up for a HD experience.

Finally then, it looks like there may be some hope on the horizon after so many lack-lustre and occasionally disturbing Sonic games.

It's also worth noting that the announcement comes on the tenth anniversary of the Sega Dreamcast, which helps cement the specialness of the occasion. Look out for more Dreamcast coverage coming to the site in the near future, but in the mean time why not share your thoughts in the forums.

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Gunsmith 9th September 2009, 15:16 Quote
OH YES! this is great news!
Arkanrais 9th September 2009, 15:38 Quote
Did I just cross over into the twilight zone or something?
Brilliant news!
D3s3rt_F0x 9th September 2009, 15:38 Quote
Great news and wow Dreamcast what a console, wish someone would release a powerstone 3, that online with 4 people would be epic.
dicobalt 9th September 2009, 15:40 Quote
Cool, 2D is the only way.
mi1ez 9th September 2009, 15:40 Quote
Looks good (except for the potential lack of PC...)
mi1ez 9th September 2009, 15:41 Quote
And the teaser website is a huge disappointment (although some lovely, clean, well presented HTML/CSS)
D3s3rt_F0x 9th September 2009, 15:43 Quote
By the way its Project Needlemouse and all of the 3d adventures weren't bad, Sonic Adventure for example.
SNIPERMikeUK 9th September 2009, 16:04 Quote
Well I am sure there is a new market for 2D in HD, Its like a new lease of life for 2D....and u only have to see BlazBlue to see how nice 2D can look....
Dave Lister 9th September 2009, 16:18 Quote
Thats great news ! Loved the first two on the megadrive and still run them on an emulator occasionaly on my pc.

@ mi1ez The pc is a far better gaming platform than it was in the early 90's, i think they probably would do a pc release with it... they did for some of the 3D games.
Cabe6403 9th September 2009, 16:19 Quote
I can't wait for this!
Aracos 9th September 2009, 16:23 Quote
Well it's about bloody time I have to say, soooooooo many crap sonic games lately on all consoles, the only 3D sonic's I'd recommend is the Sonic Adventure 1 and 2 GC remakes cause the chao mini game breeding thingy is just awesome, I've spent many a day breeding my chao's to S rank on all stats + looking absolutely uber ^_^
samkiller42 9th September 2009, 17:26 Quote
Awesome, but Sonics 1,2 and 3 are already on xbox live arcade in HD, and that suits me right down to the ground.

Sam
Hg 9th September 2009, 17:39 Quote
Saw this, this morning over on eurogamer
The teaser really is a teaser this time, not giving anything away.
I really want this game to be good and not to fail like all the recent sonic games
Mizugetsu 9th September 2009, 22:11 Quote
wonder if they'll use a bespoke engine or something like SHADOW COMPLEX'S Unreal Engine 3 model
benjamyn 9th September 2009, 22:25 Quote
If it's 2.5D I imagine they'll use the hedgehog engine from Unleashed. hopefully it's actually 2D though and not 2.5D

Also I hope they put more throught into level design so it's not all about speed but with some exploration, platforming and what not too.

None of that Linear roller coaster ride crap from Sonic Rush/Unleashed!
Rkiver 9th September 2009, 23:19 Quote
SEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeGA!

Want.
goldstar0011 10th September 2009, 01:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Rkiver
SEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeGA!

Want.

I said that like the mega drive did and I felt like is a kid again!

I remember getting Sonic and Knuckles, using all the other Sonic's it was like getting a load of new games in one!

Sonic for ever!
xaser04 10th September 2009, 09:30 Quote
Can anyone remember one of the mini games on Sonic 3 *I think*, it was in a psuedo 3d where you had to hit or collect all of the blue balls and miss the red ones (in turn turning the blue balls into red ones and thus never being able to stop). I loved that mini game and spent hours getting very good at it.

Ah the memories.
Abhorsen 10th September 2009, 10:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by xaser04
Can anyone remember one of the mini games on Sonic 3 *I think*, it was in a psuedo 3d where you had to hit or collect all of the blue balls and miss the red ones (in turn turning the blue balls into red ones and thus never being able to stop). I loved that mini game and spent hours getting very good at it.

Ah the memories.

I remember! I also remember the sheer speed it would get up to when you got far, i think that level brought on Epilepsy in most of my generation!
xaser04 10th September 2009, 12:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Abhorsen
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Originally Posted by xaser04
Can anyone remember one of the mini games on Sonic 3 *I think*, it was in a psuedo 3d where you had to hit or collect all of the blue balls and miss the red ones (in turn turning the blue balls into red ones and thus never being able to stop). I loved that mini game and spent hours getting very good at it.

Ah the memories.

I remember! I also remember the sheer speed it would get up to when you got far, i think that level brought on Epilepsy in most of my generation!

OMG I completely forgot how fast it got as well. I can remember some of the later levels of the mini game we just ridiculous in terms of speed and timing.
TreeDude 10th September 2009, 14:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by benjamyn
If it's 2.5D I imagine they'll use the hedgehog engine from Unleashed. hopefully it's actually 2D though and not 2.5D

Also I hope they put more throught into level design so it's not all about speed but with some exploration, platforming and what not too.

None of that Linear roller coaster ride crap from Sonic Rush/Unleashed!

Not much to explore in a 2D world. I really enjoyed Sonic Rush.

Honestly Sonic Adventure 1 and 2 were very good. The problem with the current 3D Sonic games is bad level design and bugs. I played a bit of Sonic the Hedgehog and got to a point in a level that Sonic needed to grab onto a wire and slide across. Getting Sonic to actually grab the wire was infuriating. I bounced off of it many times in an effort to complete the level. Stuff like that should never happen in a Sonic game. Sonic is all about speed and you have bugs like that which stop you in your tracks. It is like no one played through the whole game before it shipped.
TWeaK 10th September 2009, 22:49 Quote
The needlemouse.com website linked in the article has been updated.

Apparently it is owned by a couple of devs who just wanted to make a game themselves to show off their talents. They claim to have no affiliation with Sega, or a codename needlemouse project Sega might be working on.
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