Project Needlemouse is Sonic 4, Sega makes it official

Much to the delight of people around the globe who grew up in the 90’s; Sega has officially announced that Sonic’s next endeavor, Project Needlemouse, is in fact the long awaited Sonic 4. Offered as a reboot of sorts for the series, Sonic 4 will be bringing it back to the pleasant old days of side scrolling, spin dashes and super sneakers.

The ‘hedgehog with attitude’s latest venture is being developed as a series of episodic releases, with Episode 1 expected for release this summer on PSN, XBLA and WiiWare. Taking onboard a few modern cues, Sonic 4 is also set to incorporate online leaderboards and some motion sensing japery from the PS3 and Wii.

To see it action, move your eyes and cursor to the launch trailer below. Looks pretty darned hopeful, right? Now let’s all just eagerly and hopefully anticipate the announcement that Sonic doesn’t have any speaking lines.