Today people across the globe will be turning their calendars to 2nd February, which means it’s Groundhog Day – or, as SEGA have deemed it in the past few years, “Hedgehog Day”, coinciding with the release date of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 in the US back in 1994. To mark this occasion, a special post has been put up on the official SEGA Blog – and maybe there’s a bit more to it than first meets the eye…
The post begins with a brief recap of what Hedgehog Day is all about and then goes on to detail SEGA’s plans for the blue blur in the year ahead… albeit in very, very general terms.
We’ve got some great stuff coming up this year, but we’re not ready to talk about it just yet.
The post is then rounded up with an image of a 10th anniversary Sonic statue signed by Tom Kalinske, Al Nilsen, Madeline Schroeder, and Shinobu Toyoda – described as “one-of-a-kind piece of Sonic history”.
On the surface, that may seem like all there is to it. A quick recognition of the day, a little picture to celebrate, nice and easy.
But look closer. Go on, squint your eyes real hard, and you’ll notice something very interesting…
Scattered throughout the blog post are letters in bold which, when all put together, form an anagram of the word “red herring”. There’s a lot of speculation about what this cryptic clue could mean – is it that this blog post is a red herring and something more is yet to come? Or maybe the bolded letters are just a tease to throw eager fans who had been expecting an announcement off the scent? And why, of all things, a 10th anniversary Sonic statue? Pure coincidence, or an even more subtle clue…?
Grab your pipes and don your deerstalkers, folks – it’s time to go all Sherlock Holmes on this thing!
Will you be doing anything special to celebrate Hedgehog Day this year? And what do you think SEGA have in store for 2013? Let us know in the comments!
Source: SEGA Blog