Or will it just be like a fan project off the internet, seeing as no one good’s left at SEGA Japan any more and this is probably being developed in a portakabin¬†somewhere¬†in the USA anyway?

That’s “Project Needlemouse” the 2D/HD new Sonic game due in 2010. We’re prepared to go out on a limb and predict we’ll be giving it a sympathetic 2 more out of 10 than it deserves next year.