Sega Announces Western Developed Sonic Boom
Sonic the Hedgehog has been dying for a while now, but recently games like Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations have shown that decent things can still be done with the property. Now Sega is taking development over to America’s neck of the woods to give them a crack at it. It’s not looking particularly promising.
Sega has announced Sonic Boom, which will be developed by two North American studios for the Wii U and 3DS. Sonic Boom will also be a new franchise that will include games, TV, merchandise, and more. Marchello Churchill, president of Sega of America, said that the new Sonic won’t replace the current Sonic, but will take “the franchise to another level.”
The Wii U version is being developed by Big Red Button. They say that their game, which is built on CryEngine 3 for some reason, will have a focus on combat (which has worked out great for Sonic before) and exploration using the new “Enerbeam” mechanic. The game will also serve as a prequel to the TV series being made by OuiDo! Productions. According to Bob Raffei, CEO of Big Red Button, the game will be “a very different Sonic, both in tone and art direction.”
The 3DS version is being developed by Sanzaru Games, the developers of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. The 3DS will be similar to the Wii U version of the game, with some different environments and enemies. Both this version and the Wii U version are being developed in collaboration with Sonic Team.
No word on a release date for either version of Sonic Boom games, but the TV series will air on Cartoon Network in the 2014-2015 season.