Sonic the Hedgehog 4 coming this summer

Sega has announced it will be releasing a new addition to the Sonic the Hedgehog series, taking advice from fans and returning him to his original 2D

Sega has announced it will be releasing a new addition to the Sonic the Hedgehog series, taking advice from fans and returning him to his original 2D form.

Called Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1, the game has been teased under the alias of Project Needlemouse since September last year, but we'll eventually see it this summer on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

Taking it back to 2D side scrolling reminiscent of the old Sonic games, gamers will also only be able to play with Sonic rather than his whole host of friends that have cropped up over the years.

Gamespot spoke to the makers of the game, who revealed that Sonic 4 will follow on from Sonic & Knuckles, will incorporate the motion control capabilities of the Wii and PS3's Sixaxis controller, and will make use of leaderboards for players to test their speed against each other.

It'll be available as a downloadable game, and its title suggests that this isn't the only new Sonic game we'll be seeing in the near future. Here's hoping it can live up to the hype.

Take a look at the teaser trailer for the new game in our blogs, check out the official website and keep it locked for more information on our favourite blue hedgehog's next adventure at Stuff.tv.

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