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Sonic the Hedgehog Returning to 2D

Gamespot reported earlier this morning that Sega has a new Sonic the Hedgehog game in the works. While the news isn't entirely exciting due to recent titles released over the last few years, the fact that Sega plans to return the franchise to its 2D roots may actually bring the sparkle back into the hedgehog's fancy footsteps. Code-named Project Needlemouse, the upcoming game is slated for unspecified platforms sometime next year.

Details are not available at this time, however Sega decided to tease Sonic fans with a new trailer indicating that "speed returns in an all new 2D adventure built from the ground up." Needlemouse.com is also now online although there's no official confirmation that the website is legit, however it does offer classic Sonic scenery in splendid beveled 2D goodness.

Sega's associate brand manager Ken Balough told Gamespot that Project Needlemouse will feature HD graphics, and that the game's concept stems from the numerous requests from old-school Sonic fans. "Many liked the daytime stages in Unleashed, but wanted to see a game that plays purely similar to the early games of the Genesis," he said. "Project Needlemouse is that critical first step that brings Sonic back to his 2D roots."

With recent Sonic titles flopping on the retail charts, it may be that Sega is grasping at straws trying to pull Sonic back into a more positive light. Look for more information to become available in the months ahead.