A few months ago a little trailer was leaked out over the internet by none other the Sega, makers of the classic Sonic the Hedgehog series that, since its move to 3D, has seen many up and down responses from gamers in general. This trailer (found here) showcased a few brief teaser moments of classic Sonic sound effects and a blue blur.
Fans, as usual, went nuts. Forums lit up, questioning about the game and hoping for the return of one element or another. But here's the part that no one knew: Needlemouse was nothing more then a vague idea and the trailer, at least, according to this report.
So what was Sega really up too? Well, Needlemouse is now in development, according to Sega, but after almost two months of solid fan-response feedback to the initial teaser. I'd bet that they were watching that fan feedback very closely and what is now in development is very focused towards what the friends have asked for. Granted, it's just a theory, but the clincher for this it was with today's announcement here where fans have been asked to answer old-school trivia questions to narrow down a list of characters to the final set. I'd bet money that the character list hasn't even been finalized.
So why was this worth a post? Well, the way I see it, Sega hasn't made a move this intelligent in a long time. Traditionally Sega has just presented its buyers with a product: buy it or not. Here, Sega's looks as uf it's using its fans to guide the development process of its flagship game. Risky? Yes. But ultimately, and hopefully fulfilling.
As a side note, this trailer had me and my roommates grinning. We couldn't help it. World of Warcraft never caught me, but this one might. Because, well, its Lego. What could be better?