Sega Celebrates Hedgehog Day, Hints at Tails in Sonic 4: Episode 2?

Sega Celebrates Hedgehog Day, Hints at Tails in Sonic 4: Episode 2?

by February 3, 2011

Community Team Channels a Little da Vinci Code

With a major Winter storm impacting much of the United States, a scare over a misreported revival of the 2006 Sonic and, for us at least, the endurance of a 2 hour unexplained site outage that magically repaired itself, Hedgehog Day, which celebrates Sonic 3’s domestic release and is concurrent with Groundhog Day, almost went unnnoticed.

Almost.

Sega of America Community Manager Aaron Webber stepped in late Wednesday evening to remind the world of Sonic 3’s 17th anniversary in the form of a long winded history channeling Sonic 3, Sonic 4: Episode I, and some shaky Greek philosophy.  In the end, it’s almost a very clever shield for an announcement of an announcement.  If you follow the link cited in this paragraph, you’ll notice some bolded letters scattered throughout that spell Berlin.  The final paragraph affords another name, and a big clue:

Aristotle, often cited among the Greeks who wrote about Hedgehogs and their powerful wind-sensing abilities, was himself later categorized among writers and thinkers in a comparison that any Sonic fan might find quite interesting. Rumor has it, in fact, that there are two styles of science: compared as either objective or abstract. Find the false line within this paragraph itself, and you may find hidden answers of your own.

Googling Berlin, Aristotle, and hedgehog together, as many fans noticed, yields a Wikipedia entry for a 1953 published essay by modern thinker Isaiah Berlin.  In it, Berlin theorizes many well known philosophers can be split into two camps: Those who see the world through a single idea, and those who draw upon several lesser ideas and experiences to form a world view.  The title?  The Hedgehog and the Fox.

In short, Sega, in one of the most intelligent ways seen in quite a while, confirmed the presence of Tails in an upcoming Sonic game, likely Sonic 4: Episode 2.

So, as long as we’re not forced into some international scavenger hunt with Tom Hanks, the drought for upcoming game information may soon be over.