That's it, it was announced and is a direct sequel to S3&K. Hopefully SEGA doesn't screw this one up. They seem to be doing things correctly this time around, though. They aren't putting in an assload of extra characters that no one cares about. The focus is on Sonic.
Never, not once, has Sega so thoroughly deflated the little enthusiasm I've had for a Sonic game in the past. Even when Unleashed was all like "werehog for half of the game and the other half being unplayable garbage" I still had hopes. But not for this any more. FUCK. YOU. SEGA.
That being said, I hope that they can salvage something out of this mess to pique my interest; but I think Sega has just managed to do something that Sonic Advance 3, ShtH, STH '06 and Sonic Unleashed couldn't even do: Kill my interest in the franchise.
Edited at Thu Feb 4, 2010 11:28:37 PM
Michael: Jodie, how's my schedule look for today? Jodie: You've got a conference and dinner party at the Japanese Embassy regarding wildlife protection. Michael: Oh, yeah...sorry, but I'll have to cancel that. I'm heading out to save America!