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
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