Sonic 4? Really?

Hello.

Anybody still a big Sonic fan?  Trying to ignore the past 17 years of horrible Sonic games and making this Sonic 4 was a cool idea... when Contra did it.  Or when Megaman did it.  I just don't know about this one.  That whole "episode 1" nonsense is frightening to me also.  Does that mean instead of making one Sonic downloadable game, they are going to chop it up and sell it to me in bits?  Very worrying.