We're not entirely sure what to make of this, but here's what we know so far:

Sega has been teasing the reveal of "Project Needlemouse" since September of last year, which we found out tonight was officially an episodic sequel to Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles to be released on WiiWare, PSN, XBOX Live Arcade, and a yet to be revealed mystery platform. Sonic 4 is abandoning the 3D platforming that has plagued recent Sonic games and going back to its 2D roots as you can see in the following trailer:

Where things get crazy is when it comes to a few details which will be unlocked when a few different timers hit zero on the Sonic 4 web site. According to SonicStadium.org and a post on NeoGAF, finding out what lies behind promo1_locked.png and promo2_locked.png on the web site was as simple as removing the "_locked" from the URL. Of course these files are nowhere to be found now, but here are the two images that allegedly were found on Sega's servers:

Now, it's entirely possible we're being pranked here, but, at the same time, Sega is revealing a fourth platform that the game will be on soon. Episodes of Sonic 4 are obviously being distributed digitally, and aside from the Wii, PS3, and XBOX 360, there really only is the DSi, PSP, and iPhone left that Sega would even conceivably release the game on... So, if nothing else, we've got a 1 in 3 chance of seeing Sonic 4 on the App Store.

  • http://www.talkingfuture.com martin_tf

    What if that 4th platform is iPad. Sonic on that screen - Wow!

    • dude

      NO @WAY in hell will sonic be normal on touch control apple fanboy

  • http://www.talkingfuture.com martin_tf

    What if that 4th platform is iPad. Sonic on that screen - Wow!

    • dude

      NO @WAY in hell will sonic be normal on touch control apple fanboy

  • http://www.rautemberg.com.br Rautemberg

    Que venha Sonic 4 para iPhone!!!

  • http://www.rautemberg.com.br Rautemberg

    Que venha Sonic 4 para iPhone!!!

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore | taptoplay.de

    4th platform could be Android. Or Symbian :P

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore | taptoplay.de

    4th platform could be Android. Or Symbian :P

  • Dusse

    Yeah, or maybe Chrome OS.

  • Dusse

    Yeah, or maybe Chrome OS.

  • Dewayne

    look at the app store logo "avaliable on the app store" looks pretty similar to the locked picture at the bottom.

  • Dewayne

    look at the app store logo "avaliable on the app store" looks pretty similar to the locked picture at the bottom.

  • Diablohead

    It's iPhone for sure, the images above were taken directly from sega's sonic 4 website before they removed them.

  • Diablohead

    It's iPhone for sure, the images above were taken directly from sega's sonic 4 website before they removed them.

  • Sambo110

    Or the fourth console is Sega's new console? Would make sense for them to release it on their console.

    • spiffyone

      If only, fellow Sega fan...if only.

      Sadly, Sega's "genius" business execs at the JP HQ made it so there will likely never, ever be another Sega console. Ever.

      Sad thing, as I think there's been something missing this gen on the home console front....

      • mike

        you mean like... Final Fantasy 7?

  • Sambo110

    Or the fourth console is Sega's new console? Would make sense for them to release it on their console.

    • spiffyone

      If only, fellow Sega fan...if only.

      Sadly, Sega's "genius" business execs at the JP HQ made it so there will likely never, ever be another Sega console. Ever.

      Sad thing, as I think there's been something missing this gen on the home console front....

      • mike

        you mean like... Final Fantasy 7?

  • thewiirocks

    I'm skeptical. The image supposedly pulled from the website contains absolutely nothing new. All the images its composed of are stock. Plus the iPhone square looks rather unprofessional. Why would any graphic artist simply take the logo, put it in the iPhone aspect ratio, then leave a bunch of empty space?

    Not to mention the strange focus on the iPhone format. The text talks about a bunch of platforms. Yet the rectangle is obviously intended to evoke the iPhone. Why should the iPhone platform get so much attention in the pic? And even if the intent was to push the iPhone, why not place the mockup on a photo of the iPhone?

    Combined with the rather unprofessional presentation (yellow? really?), I'm leaning heavily toward "we're being had".

  • thewiirocks

    I'm skeptical. The image supposedly pulled from the website contains absolutely nothing new. All the images its composed of are stock. Plus the iPhone square looks rather unprofessional. Why would any graphic artist simply take the logo, put it in the iPhone aspect ratio, then leave a bunch of empty space?

    Not to mention the strange focus on the iPhone format. The text talks about a bunch of platforms. Yet the rectangle is obviously intended to evoke the iPhone. Why should the iPhone platform get so much attention in the pic? And even if the intent was to push the iPhone, why not place the mockup on a photo of the iPhone?

    Combined with the rather unprofessional presentation (yellow? really?), I'm leaning heavily toward "we're being had".

  • Dewayne

    Maybe they're unsure wether sonic 4 would be able to run on the iPhone without having to make a scaled down version therefore leaving it blank just to weigh they're options. Xbla and psn store are a sure shot.

    Ooh and to make it 1/2 shot instead of 1/3, isn't the psn store one and the same with ps3 and psp? Now it just leaves dsi store and app store...which I would find the app store be WAY more fitting.

    • http://www.wolf3dmaps.com thewiirocks

      The (hard to read) yellow text clearly says "iPhone". If Sega is trying to leave their options open, they're not doing a very good job of it.

    • Yetea

      You can't downlaod a random original PSN game forPS3 and use it on PS3, so you are way off the mark.

      • spiffyone

        Actually...now you can officially download a random PSP game via PSN and play it on PS3. Sony has "unlocked" the feature on PS3. Original PSP PSN games, legacy UMD, and Minis are all playable now on PS3 via official emulation.

  • Dewayne

    Maybe they're unsure wether sonic 4 would be able to run on the iPhone without having to make a scaled down version therefore leaving it blank just to weigh they're options. Xbla and psn store are a sure shot.

    Ooh and to make it 1/2 shot instead of 1/3, isn't the psn store one and the same with ps3 and psp? Now it just leaves dsi store and app store...which I would find the app store be WAY more fitting.

    • http://www.wolf3dmaps.com thewiirocks

      The (hard to read) yellow text clearly says "iPhone". If Sega is trying to leave their options open, they're not doing a very good job of it.

    • Yetea

      You can't downlaod a random original PSN game forPS3 and use it on PS3, so you are way off the mark.

      • spiffyone

        Actually...now you can officially download a random PSP game via PSN and play it on PS3. Sony has "unlocked" the feature on PS3. Original PSP PSN games, legacy UMD, and Minis are all playable now on PS3 via official emulation.

  • jdigitL

    i am happy

  • jdigitL

    i am happy

  • Logicub

    Dammit! I was trying not to get excited about this... Sonic has broken my heart too many times since his glory days during my childhood.

    Sonic rolls to the left, to the right, and he jumps... Sounds like an awesome iPad game to me! The only touchscreen control it would need would be to tap the screen anywhere to jump :)

  • Logicub

    Dammit! I was trying not to get excited about this... Sonic has broken my heart too many times since his glory days during my childhood.

    Sonic rolls to the left, to the right, and he jumps... Sounds like an awesome iPad game to me! The only touchscreen control it would need would be to tap the screen anywhere to jump :)

  • Yetea

    It could easily be the PC, you dopes.

    • Dewayne

      True..but who would want that? Lol

    • Yetea

      Who wanted Bionic Commando: Rearmed on PC? There is a history of Japanese publishers putting downloadable games on PC.

      Don't get me wrong, Iphone is the most likely but to dismiss the biggest platform of all out of hand would be a little rash, as they did.

      • wuteverx1972

        it is most likely going to be for the iPhone. I just don't understand why they would keep it as a secret. It's not ike OMG Sonic 4 for iPhone?!?!?? WTF?!?! Even if it were for the PC it is not like anybody would go crazy for it. A new console would be surprising and worth keeping a secret... not an iPhone or PC.

        The problem with PC is that the game will get emulated either way. There's already a perfectly working wii emulator out there. So I hope no one is like OMG I hope it comes out to the PC!! Imagine sonic 4 on PC??? because people are eventually going to hack it port it over.

        I wish it would be a brand new Sega Console but its very unlikely with all this competition (Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Wii) there wouldn't really be any room for a SEGA console to fit.

        I strongly believe that it will come to the iPhone. I just hope it doesn't cause that's a lame and boring secret hahaha

  • Yetea

    It could easily be the PC, you dopes.

    • Dewayne

      True..but who would want that? Lol

    • Yetea

      Who wanted Bionic Commando: Rearmed on PC? There is a history of Japanese publishers putting downloadable games on PC.

      Don't get me wrong, Iphone is the most likely but to dismiss the biggest platform of all out of hand would be a little rash, as they did.

      • wuteverx1972

        it is most likely going to be for the iPhone. I just don't understand why they would keep it as a secret. It's not ike OMG Sonic 4 for iPhone?!?!?? WTF?!?! Even if it were for the PC it is not like anybody would go crazy for it. A new console would be surprising and worth keeping a secret... not an iPhone or PC.

        The problem with PC is that the game will get emulated either way. There's already a perfectly working wii emulator out there. So I hope no one is like OMG I hope it comes out to the PC!! Imagine sonic 4 on PC??? because people are eventually going to hack it port it over.

        I wish it would be a brand new Sega Console but its very unlikely with all this competition (Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Wii) there wouldn't really be any room for a SEGA console to fit.

        I strongly believe that it will come to the iPhone. I just hope it doesn't cause that's a lame and boring secret hahaha

  • thiago

    hello all, anyone know why so removed sonic at the winter games in appstore?!

  • thiago

    hello all, anyone know why so removed sonic at the winter games in appstore?!

  • Millhouse

    HOLY SH*T OLD SCHOOL SONIC?

    FINALLY!
    I've been waiting for this day since Sonic attempted the jump from 2D to 3D. Finally, SEGA's gonna release a decent game. Seriously, SEGA/Sonic Team, please stay with 2D games, those are the only really good sonic games anyways. I've been playing more 2D sonics on emulators (and on the original consoles of course, but my Mega Drive broke down a year ago D: ) than I've ever played any of the other games.

    Please SEGA: bring this to iPhone

    • RWoody

      Yeah No doubt! When I think of Sonic 3 + Knuckles it makes me Cry! From Sonic 1 - Sonic 3+Knux the games were OUTSTANDING! Then we jumped to 3D and it didn't feel the same. Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 were both good games but no where near the original Sonic games. I even had it on he DS but it just wasn't the same.

  • Millhouse

    HOLY SH*T OLD SCHOOL SONIC?

    FINALLY!
    I've been waiting for this day since Sonic attempted the jump from 2D to 3D. Finally, SEGA's gonna release a decent game. Seriously, SEGA/Sonic Team, please stay with 2D games, those are the only really good sonic games anyways. I've been playing more 2D sonics on emulators (and on the original consoles of course, but my Mega Drive broke down a year ago D: ) than I've ever played any of the other games.

    Please SEGA: bring this to iPhone

    • RWoody

      Yeah No doubt! When I think of Sonic 3 + Knuckles it makes me Cry! From Sonic 1 - Sonic 3+Knux the games were OUTSTANDING! Then we jumped to 3D and it didn't feel the same. Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 were both good games but no where near the original Sonic games. I even had it on he DS but it just wasn't the same.

  • highlyrefinedpirate

    first iPad only game?

    • Diablohead

      Would be extremely silly to be iPad only, and they even said iPhone in the leaked image (now removed from their website space)

      • mike

        having said that it would be almost technically impossible to do an iPad only game. What every they make for the iPad is effectively going to play on 75 million iPhones/iPod touches anyway.

  • highlyrefinedpirate

    first iPad only game?

    • Diablohead

      Would be extremely silly to be iPad only, and they even said iPhone in the leaked image (now removed from their website space)

      • mike

        having said that it would be almost technically impossible to do an iPad only game. What every they make for the iPad is effectively going to play on 75 million iPhones/iPod touches anyway.

  • MidianGTX

    Doesn't matter to me, this baby is gonna pwn on PSN/XBL!

  • MidianGTX

    Doesn't matter to me, this baby is gonna pwn on PSN/XBL!

  • http://myspace.com/battlebornmusic Battle Born

    hell yes! maybe they're taking a hint from the 10,000,000+ copies of new super mario that nintendo just sold.

  • http://myspace.com/battlebornmusic Battle Born

    hell yes! maybe they're taking a hint from the 10,000,000+ copies of new super mario that nintendo just sold.

  • Adams Immersive

    The 4th platform is either Zune or Clickwheel iPod, I’m certain.

    • Anti-Droid

      The click wheel version of Ipod is already dead dude lol!

      • mike

        so's the Zune. turn on your sarcasm detector, dude.

      • Onyx-Sonix

        how r u gunna say that if apple is still making games for both the click-wheel and its later versions and besides dont u think that the ipod touch and later has enough games already, sega should only leave it on the psn and xbl

  • Adams Immersive

    The 4th platform is either Zune or Clickwheel iPod, I’m certain.

    • Anti-Droid

      The click wheel version of Ipod is already dead dude lol!

      • mike

        so's the Zune. turn on your sarcasm detector, dude.

      • Onyx-Sonix

        how r u gunna say that if apple is still making games for both the click-wheel and its later versions and besides dont u think that the ipod touch and later has enough games already, sega should only leave it on the psn and xbl

  • Crunc

    It's about time they went back to 2D on consoles. Of course they've had 2D on the DS. I'm pretty tired of 3D platformers at this point. I get no kick out of playing the camera game.

  • Steve

    They clearly want to build the hype around what the 4th platform is going to be. Because of that, it will have to be something special, otherwise, they wouldn't bother hiding it as a secret, and just slap a PC logo on it.

    It has to be the iPhone. It's a huge platform that will generate a lot of buzz when it's announced.

  • Crunc

    It's about time they went back to 2D on consoles. Of course they've had 2D on the DS. I'm pretty tired of 3D platformers at this point. I get no kick out of playing the camera game.

  • Steve

    They clearly want to build the hype around what the 4th platform is going to be. Because of that, it will have to be something special, otherwise, they wouldn't bother hiding it as a secret, and just slap a PC logo on it.

    It has to be the iPhone. It's a huge platform that will generate a lot of buzz when it's announced.

  • Jerutix

    I would be willing to bet it's the iPad. Hopefully, that will mean it is also available on the iPhone, but it may not work on both. I would love it if it did though!

    • mike

      this is easy, the different UI's can be packed into one downloadable file. or Sega could simply build the "iPad UI" into the in-game settings.

  • Jerutix

    I would be willing to bet it's the iPad. Hopefully, that will mean it is also available on the iPhone, but it may not work on both. I would love it if it did though!

    • mike

      this is easy, the different UI's can be packed into one downloadable file. or Sega could simply build the "iPad UI" into the in-game settings.

  • 5duc29

    I hope it releases on iPhone. And if not, I'll get it on Xbox (which I never play anymore). They should port Sonic Rivals... It was awesome on the PSP.

  • 5duc29

    I hope it releases on iPhone. And if not, I'll get it on Xbox (which I never play anymore). They should port Sonic Rivals... It was awesome on the PSP.

  • Brandon

    I dont think I can bear this...
    They should do tap anywhere to jump seipe down to do the spin dash.

  • Brandon

    I dont think I can bear this...
    They should do tap anywhere to jump seipe down to do the spin dash.

  • Raymond Gunspill

    I would not be surprised if the platform was PSP. It would be silly for a Japanese company to neglect this device. I only know of Sonic 1 for iPhone, but it wouldn't make sense for SEGA to skip from Sonic 1 to 4 and cannibalize this top seller on the iPhone.

  • Raymond Gunspill

    I would not be surprised if the platform was PSP. It would be silly for a Japanese company to neglect this device. I only know of Sonic 1 for iPhone, but it wouldn't make sense for SEGA to skip from Sonic 1 to 4 and cannibalize this top seller on the iPhone.

  • Scoob

    Let me help all of you.
    I work for SOA and have many friends on Sonic-TEAM. Sonic 4 is coming to the ipod/iphone app store this July. I'm working on the back-end as we speak (err.. as I type) right now and will be for the next 12 weeks.
    You can go to sleep now.

    BTW.. its also coming out on Steam (pending approval) and that is why there is no mention of it.

  • Scoob

    Let me help all of you.
    I work for SOA and have many friends on Sonic-TEAM. Sonic 4 is coming to the ipod/iphone app store this July. I'm working on the back-end as we speak (err.. as I type) right now and will be for the next 12 weeks.
    You can go to sleep now.

    BTW.. its also coming out on Steam (pending approval) and that is why there is no mention of it.

  • Hey

    The fourth platform....PS2? lol I'll buy it if its PS2, not iphone...

  • Hey

    The fourth platform....PS2? lol I'll buy it if its PS2, not iphone...

  • RWoody

    YAY! Sonic 4! XBOX Live for the Win!

  • RWoody

    YAY! Sonic 4! XBOX Live for the Win!

  • Diego Rafael

    You say there isn´t a 4th plataform, and talk about mobile devices and handhelds... Ever heard of Zeebo, from Zeebo Inc/Tectoy? Zeebo IS the 4th plataform, as ugly and dull as it may be, and it can perfectly handle the graphics of the new Sonic game if it is released as shown on the trailer available on the official game site.

  • Diego Rafael

    You say there isn´t a 4th plataform, and talk about mobile devices and handhelds... Ever heard of Zeebo, from Zeebo Inc/Tectoy? Zeebo IS the 4th plataform, as ugly and dull as it may be, and it can perfectly handle the graphics of the new Sonic game if it is released as shown on the trailer available on the official game site.

  • Diego Rafael

    By the way, even tho the 4th game plataform is the Zeebo console, I think the game will actually be released to the PSP Go. It´d make a lot more sense.

  • Diego Rafael

    By the way, even tho the 4th game plataform is the Zeebo console, I think the game will actually be released to the PSP Go. It´d make a lot more sense.

  • dojjah

    I can not wait for some fresh Sonic action! This will really take me back, Genesis was my console of choice when I was younger and Sonic was one of my favorites.

  • dojjah

    I can not wait for some fresh Sonic action! This will really take me back, Genesis was my console of choice when I was younger and Sonic was one of my favorites.

  • http://www.yg.com aion database

    Oh! So it's not yet sure whether Sonic 4 will be available on iPhone? I've come across some blogs confirming it's indeed the 4th platform. Anyway, it's still a great news that Sonic Hedgehog 4 will be coming out this summer! :)

  • http://www.yg.com aion database

    Oh! So it's not yet sure whether Sonic 4 will be available on iPhone? I've come across some blogs confirming it's indeed the 4th platform. Anyway, it's still a great news that Sonic Hedgehog 4 will be coming out this summer! :)

  • http://www.gamingenthusiastzone.webs.com Kendo

    I suspect it will come to the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. The game looks good, but it better be as good as the old school Genesis games. If not... then Sega disappointed me again.

  • http://www.gamingenthusiastzone.webs.com Kendo

    I suspect it will come to the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. The game looks good, but it better be as good as the old school Genesis games. If not... then Sega disappointed me again.

  • ctouchclown

    Wow you're way off. With Sega's patents form console parts, like controllers to a sega online network that connects a home console and a pc to a sega server to the unexplained reasons behind why one of their new hardware uses are still unavailable to the pubic, makes you wonder right? It doesn't take much to figure out that the secret 4th platform is indeed a Sega Console. It's not a Ipod <why would that be a secret it doesn't have HD graphics lol? A photo reveled that It said coming soon to "N2" the N2 is an arcade game platform built on Nvidia graphics technology. or in other words Sega's Ringedge hardware sports Nvidia graphics technology. This could me one of two things, either is Sega's new console or it's for arcades. With the secret patents it leads me to believe sega will release a home based console.

    • makeDREAMCASTtwo

      THANK YOU, FINALLY SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS THAT SEGA IS PUTTING OUT ANOTHER CONSOLE AND JUST TO ADD MORE HYPE TO THE FACT THAT THERE IS A NEW SYSTEM COMING THEY PUT SONIC 4 WITH IT AND PEOPLE WILL COME RUNNING FOR SURE IF THE RINGEDGE RUMORS ARE TRUE. IT JUST MAKES SENCE

      sega wouldnt put it on the iphone, if they wanted to they would just say or they would say that it might come to iphone, because if there trying it out then it dosent work then wtff was the point, they for sure know what there doing and when they final reveal the system people will stfu and go buy it

  • ctouchclown

    Wow you're way off. With Sega's patents form console parts, like controllers to a sega online network that connects a home console and a pc to a sega server to the unexplained reasons behind why one of their new hardware uses are still unavailable to the pubic, makes you wonder right? It doesn't take much to figure out that the secret 4th platform is indeed a Sega Console. It's not a Ipod <why would that be a secret it doesn't have HD graphics lol? A photo reveled that It said coming soon to "N2" the N2 is an arcade game platform built on Nvidia graphics technology. or in other words Sega's Ringedge hardware sports Nvidia graphics technology. This could me one of two things, either is Sega's new console or it's for arcades. With the secret patents it leads me to believe sega will release a home based console.

    • makeDREAMCASTtwo

      THANK YOU, FINALLY SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS THAT SEGA IS PUTTING OUT ANOTHER CONSOLE AND JUST TO ADD MORE HYPE TO THE FACT THAT THERE IS A NEW SYSTEM COMING THEY PUT SONIC 4 WITH IT AND PEOPLE WILL COME RUNNING FOR SURE IF THE RINGEDGE RUMORS ARE TRUE. IT JUST MAKES SENCE

      sega wouldnt put it on the iphone, if they wanted to they would just say or they would say that it might come to iphone, because if there trying it out then it dosent work then wtff was the point, they for sure know what there doing and when they final reveal the system people will stfu and go buy it

  • rogper

    Humm!!! And what about the arcades!? Couldn't it be possible that Sonic 4 secret platform is in fact the arcades :)

  • rogper

    Humm!!! And what about the arcades!? Couldn't it be possible that Sonic 4 secret platform is in fact the arcades :)

  • Lfefer

    No iPhone because the teaser don't work on iPhone simply and no psp or Ds* this is for sure

  • Lfefer

    No iPhone because the teaser don't work on iPhone simply and no psp or Ds* this is for sure

  • Me

    I don't trust the pics, not even Sega would be that careless. The word iPhone can be quite easily photoshopped using the existing characters in the message.

    It still may very well be iPhone, but idk. I don't see why it's such a huge deal.

  • Me

    I don't trust the pics, not even Sega would be that careless. The word iPhone can be quite easily photoshopped using the existing characters in the message.

    It still may very well be iPhone, but idk. I don't see why it's such a huge deal.

  • Lfefer

    If the New Sonic 4 is for Iphone... why the taste site is not possible to explore (via Safari) from Iphone?... and what is the Secret? Sega already had make games for Ipone... without much suspects.

    If Sega want to do some different this must be some special realy... (At least I hope that)

  • Lfefer

    If the New Sonic 4 is for Iphone... why the taste site is not possible to explore (via Safari) from Iphone?... and what is the Secret? Sega already had make games for Ipone... without much suspects.

    If Sega want to do some different this must be some special realy... (At least I hope that)

  • Khalil

    I wish it was on DSi or PSP, i cant afford ipod touch or iphone

  • Khalil

    I wish it was on DSi or PSP, i cant afford ipod touch or iphone