Sonic 4 To Be Episodic And Old Skool
In an exclusive Q&A session with Sega's Ken Balough, Gamespot have released further information on the company's 'Project Needlemouse', long since understood to be a 2D new Sonic game, that should have long standing fans ready to once again enter a love-hate relationship with the franchise. Although hopes have been dashed before following promising looking first impressions, assurances that the game will be a direct sequel to Sonic & Knuckles will have devotees praying that Sega come through this time.
In a more unexpected turn, the publisher also announced that Sonic 4 would be delivered electronically and that the game, due out this summer on XBL, PSN and Wiiware, will actually the first of an episodic series with an epic story arc, similar to that which Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles shared. There was also some indication that some game elements would utilise motion control, but that this would be limited to the WiiMote and SixAxis rather than the Arc or Natal.