After years and years of (mostly) awful 3D Sonic games, the company is now teasing something called “Project Needlemouse“, billed as a return to the Sonic of old.
“Old-school Sonic fans have long asked to see Sonic return to a more
2D style of gameplay” says Sega of America’s Ken Balough. “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.”
The teaser clip’s tagline reads “Speed returns, in an all new 2D
adventure built from the ground up”, with Balough confirming the game
will, rather than be a retro-remake, be an all-new game built in HD.
That’s the teaser for the project above, which pretty much shows nothing, but does have the awesome old-school “SAY-GAAAH” chant/sound which I often hear in my head whenever I see any two syllable game developer.
So, not counting hand-held games, most of which until recently had to be 2-D by necessity, this will be the first real 2-D Sonic since… uh… Sonic & Knuckles in 1994, right? Not that Sonic fans were clamoring for a return to Sonic’s 2-D roots the next day, but that’s still a long time to ignore the best inherent play type of a best-selling franchise. On a tangentially related note, it’s been 12 years since Castlevania: Symphony of the Night came out. So Sonic holds the record… for now.