- Written by Evan Tumbas
- Published: 07 February 2014
Described as “a new branch of the Sonic universe” Sega have announced Sonic Boom. This blankets not only a pair of video games launching this year exclusive the 3DS and Wii U, but a brand spankin’ new CG animated series and several new lines of toys.
This parallel universe doesn’t just mean new stuff, it means a facelift for Sonic and his intrepid anthropomorphic animal pals. The humanoid aspect has been accentuated slightly, Sonic has longer legs, scruffier quills and is sporting a brown scarf, Tails had his mechanical wizkid persona augmented by a pair of orange tinted goggles, a utility harness and actual gloves while Amy looks mostly the same.
One member has undergone a startling reimagining, taking on a taller, bulkier appearance than ever before. Knuckles has always been the muscle of the group, and while it was implied, his new design really spells that out in bold. As one of the poor souls who identifies as a long time Sonic the Hedgehog fan I’m unsure how to feel (besides the usual self loathing), but as part of a new universe they’re not eschewing previous iterations of Sonic’s friendly nemesis, which is nice.
Last year Sega signed an agreement with Nintendo to release three exclusives on their consoles. The release of Sonic Boom on the WiiU and 3DS will mark the third and final Nintendo exclusive Sonic game. The 3DS version is being handled by Sanzaru Games who crafted the delightful Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, with yet unproven Big Red Button Entertainment assuming developer duties for the Wii U release.
According to Sega, Sonic Boom will focus on traditional speed along with pummeling badniks in combat, exploration and a tethering system similar to Knuckles' Chaotix on the misbegotten Sega 32X or Sonic Heroes for the GameCube. A main feature for the Wii U product will be the four player co-op play.
A television program will follow the events laid out in the game world, although nothing on the scale of SyFy's Defiance. Embarking on a 52 episode run on Cartoon Network in America, Sonic Boom is being co-produced by Sega of America and OuiDO! Productions and it will begin airing during the 2014/2015 season.
Here’s the trailer of the game on the Wii U! Beware: contains Skrillex.