Sonic Boom Is The Third Nintendo-Exclusive Sonic Game, And It Looks… Different

By Ishaan . February 6, 2014 . 12:19pm

 

Last year, we reported that Sonic the Hedgehog was getting a new CG-animated cartoon series, titled Sonic Boom. The cartoon is scheduled to air later this year, and Sega are also going to be publishing a new Sonic game based on it, for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, also titled Sonic Boom.

 

The Sonic Boom cartoon will consist of 52 11-minute episodes, and the game will serve as a prequel to the TV show. Sega say the Sonic Boom game will be a different experience from past Sonic titles in that it will focus on collaborative gameplay. It’s being developed by Big Red Button Entertainment (on Wii U) and Sanzaru (on 3DS), and is the third game in an exclusive deal with Nintendo. (The first two being Sonic Lost World and the new Olympics game)

 

Sonic Boom will introduce exploration and combat to the mix of features, as well as a new “Enerbeam” tether mechanic, although beyond these reveals, Sega haven’t detailed exactly how the game is going to play.

 

Additionally, merchandise based on the Sonic Boom franchise will be available as well, in the form of new toys by TOMY, including action figures, plushies, vehicles and more. Sega will further broaden the merchandising possibilities by launching a licensing program to include publishing, accessories, food, health and more. Needless to say, this sounds like a big deal for the company.

 

You can watch a trailer for Sonic Boom (the game) above and a trailer for the cartoon series here.

 


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  • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

    The designs are kind of weird, and I feel like I have to disassociate it from its Sonic roots, but it sounds like it could be fun.

    • Stephen Mc Devitt

      Perhaps you can associate this with the old Sonic cartoon (not SATAM, the one with Robotnik saying pingas).

    • Kaihaku

      It’s definitely looking like these former Crash Bandicott people are taking it in a different direction but, at this point, that’s a good thing in my opinion.

    • Ash_Riot

      It reminds a little bit of Sonic the Comic back in the day…

  • sorenman2

    Designs are weird, but the trailer caught my interest.

  • AlteisenX

    Yeah… that… looks gross. Sorry Sega/Nintendo. Knuckles looks like Bane, Sonic looks… weird, and the gameplay gives off a “I’m a licensed game!” or “I’m a Ratchet & Clank clone” feel to me. The biggest turn off though is definitely the art style for me.

    • Hector Velar

      I think some games need to stay 2D and sonic is one of them.

      • Kaihaku

        I might have agreed with you if not for Sonic Adventure. Sorry, that game was a great transition to 3D for Sonic.

  • sharpshot909

    Why does Knuckles look like a basketball player?

  • Guilherme Matheus Silva

    Knucles is kinda weird, but the game looks great!

  • Jesse

    Caught my interest pretty quick. =D

  • Ni ~SHE MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN~

    http://thumbs.cdn-ec.viddler.com/thumbnail_2_8dd84c9c_v2.jpg

    my friend just send me this pic and he’s like: WTF THEY DID TO KNUCKLES?
    and i am like: Amy’s face looks like well…you know…

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      looks like She wants Sonic Boom boom boom

      • Ni ~SHE MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN~

        more like she already had the boom boom boom

  • Chaos_Knight

    Artwork of the designs.

    They look pretty good to me actually. But as for Knuckles….god damn… He looks odd, but I might get used to it eventually.

    http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b184/zackwinzard/album%202/Bf0CXjpIgAARTqC.jpg

    • Hector Velar

      knuckles been pumping some steroids for this game. I don’t know whats with Sonic’s metro-sexual bandana, thats probably why Amys looks disappointed on that pic

      • Lalum

        Looks like a look of lust to me.

        • Hector Velar

          no she is clearly disappointed, she looks like she is ready to smack Knuckles the moment he slips his hand on Sonic’s …rear end.

          • Satori Satya

            If that’s a look of disappointment, then I’m disappointed every Thanksgiving having to give that same look to this:

          • Hector Velar

            yeah them peas and carrots clearly came from a can, I will too be disappointed at that :(

          • Satori Satya

            Oh I don’t eat that vegetable stuff. I give it to the dog.

            BTW you should look at my dog’s face. He really looks “lustfully” at those veggies that I give him ;) #ItsOppositeDay

        • ShawnOtakuSomething

          can’t wait to see Rouge…oh boy

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          • Altin

            Yes, but can your best friend’s ex-wife do this?!
            *unzips Beaver Cleaver*

          • Guest

            …………….

          • hazelnut1112

            I hope if she comes out the only bandages will be around her breasts.

      • Samsara09

        I always wondered how Knuckles was that stronger than sonic if they were the same size.Well,i like it.it just needs time to get used too.

    • subsamuel01

      The game looks amazing graphically, the character models might take some time getting used to but it seems to fit their personalities. Plus change I think its about time for change.

      • Alexandra Cordes

        Agreed, as long as that change keeps werehogs out of the equation.

        • Tyler Beale

          And adds back other playable characters in a main series Sonic game. And Tails’ ability to fly sky-high like in the Genesis and Advance games, and Sonic Adventure.

      • Jeffrey Thrash

        The problem is that reviewers are generally nostalgic for the Sonic of old, and even if this game surpasses Sonic Team and Dimps’s work, this will certainly get bad reviews because it’s so different. SEGA is probably treating this like how Namco treated Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, as a quirky spin-off to the cartoon and nothing more.

        • subsamuel01

          It’s true, most of the reviews I watched all complained about how the speed was reduced, I also hated the fact that people kept comparing it to Mario Galaxy when they were all most nothing alike.

          • Ultima-X

            If your talking about Lost World, then you REALLY never played Galaxy.

          • Jeffrey Thrash

            To be fair, as a post-Adventure fan, I grew up with the expectation that SEGA will constantly change up the Sonic formula, so I am more open to these weird new games. Still, reviewers need to recognize that, as fun as the old Genesis games are, SEGA needs to constantly update Sonic like Mario, Rayman, and Spyro (Skylanders) to stay relevant, even if there are missteps along the way.

      • Ultima-X

        Maybe, but even so change just for the sake of change isn’t all that much of an idea as it is just ‘experimentation’. Just look at Final Fantasy for example.

    • Stephen Mc Devitt

      Perhaps Knuckles wants to be stronger or he’s might be compensating.

      • Satori Satya

        Or perhaps they took a clue from this guy here:

        • Stephen Mc Devitt

          You’re not wrong there, especially how Sonic has the voice actor as this muscled-bound boulder-puncher.

          • Satori Satya

            coincidence?

    • TheGioG

      Good lord, Knucks is ripped as all hell… Knuckle’s Chaotix Sequel confirmed.
      “YO B-boy, thats just not the word, ya heard!”

      http://i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt209/pie-crazy/AwesomeChaotix.jpg

    • harmonyworld

      Well, he knuckles….he’s supposed to be the strength character, so that’s what they did lol :3
      I think it’s alright~

    • Altin

      Cautious Optimism. Looks interesting, but why the hell did they use Dubstep music for this trailer <.<

      • Hound

        lol. Probably “tryin to appeal to a new generation of kidz hommie G dawg -izzle.” Doesn’t matter. It sounds fine and I could see how it’d work out alright if the environments match (most sonic games have extensive neon-colored robotics levels anyways.)

        Looks like Sonic & tails have a weird Nathan Drake + Sly Cooper thing going. I can sort of appreciate some aspects of the character designs.

        Knuckles, on the other hand, looks odd. His overwhelming height and strange roundness reminds me of muscular meat-heads from N64 games.

        • Altin

          Good for you mate, might be that I am just too old for this kind of music. Or just that I didnt see a game connecting Dubstep with gameplay correctly.

          I can see where you are coming from with this. After all, some Ex-Naughty Dog Devs are working on this game afaik.

          Yeah, he clearly took a little too much out of Granny’s hidden box with steroids.

      • RagingTiger44

        It’s cool. It’s hip. The youngsters love it.

        • Altin

          Youngsters can even like Justin Bieber. Scary people nowadays.

    • ShinStar

      Knuckles’ expression reminds me of a Dreamworks character…..or something.

      • Hound

        Or maybe Pixar?

    • Hound

      so.. nobody else finds it odd that knuckles is the only naked one that is wearing nothing on his torso?

      • Nicki Savage

        Probably because of the white fur. It would be clunky graphics-wise :)

        Or it could be because he’s meant to be naked. Even in the comics, he ran around butt naked except for shoes and gloves. Rare was it in those 32 (35) KtE comics that another Echidna did that.

    • ICHI

      So when did Sonic become a fan of borderlands?

    • Linhua

      … I fukken LOVE Sonic… but i’m not too happy with this direction.

      … I personally think Amy and Tails look the coolest here.

    • koksuckaahh

      Tails: “Who the fuck thought these designs were a good idea?”

  • Kango234

    As a rule I don’t get hyped for Sonic games, but if this does well, I’ll get a wii u

  • Naruto

    Um…what did they do to knuckles?

    • 3PointDecoupage

      ‘Roid rage.

    • PreyMantis

      Made him appear more of his actual physique because his old model doesn’t show how strong he really is. It’s not bad; you guys are just being over-dramatic.

      • Naruto

        I’m not being over dramatic it’s just that I’m not exactly used to seeing knuckles like this.

        • PreyMantis

          Now, you will be.

    • NTaiyokun

      Forgot leg day

    • The_Superior_Spider-Mon

      He must of gotten those steroids from Chris Redfield.

      • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

        He’ll be punching rocks in no time.

  • cloudcaelum

    Lol knuckles, Sh!t designs…

  • http://linkapics.tumblr.com/ Linka

    Okay I’m gonna disclaimer here: I like how the TV series looks. It pretty much is in line with what I expected from a CGI animation from Sega, and honestly, I’m glad with the writing they presented so far with it (the Burnbot stuff was actually pretty funny), and that they didn’t randomly decide to switch voice actors /again/.

    The designs themselves? Tails and Amy are definitely at the top for me. Sonic is neutral. Knuckles is “oh god what.” I mostly just can’t get over how long the limbs are at the moment in comparison to their bodies, but I think it’s something I’d get used to.

    The game trailer? Eeeeeehhhh… I just hope that it really is just an early render of the game’s engine. Right now, it’s pretty low quality looking and the models look strange. But I think it could have potential? Some people have been saying it looks very Ratchet and Clank-y and honestly I’d consider that a compliment.

    When it comes down to it, I think my position so far is “cautiously optimistic”.

    • Stephen Mc Devitt

      Sonic was always a cartoon character but the likes of Shadow ’05 and Sonic ’06 take to take things too seriously which was just stupid. Would you want a cartoon hedgehog kissed by a realistic human woman again?

      • http://linkapics.tumblr.com/ Linka

        Sonic 06 and the Shadow game were pretty uggggh, indeed.

        But more recently Sonic’s been a lot more silly, so it falls in line with a lot of things, at least?

        • Stephen Mc Devitt

          Yeah. Even if the gameplay turns out bad, at least we won’t have endure psychological madness in cutscenes. The kind that you could tell to famous nutjob Shinji Ikari and he would tell you to get some help.

    • Loli Summoner

      I agree with you on some parts of what you said, such as the new design’s for the characters.

      Knuckles looks god awful and Sonic is okish but I don’t like the extra random thin finns and that stupid scarf.

      Tails and Amy look ok don’t have any complains about them really and I too can’t get over how long they’re limbs are….

      I don’t understand why they try to change sonic so damn much, I mean what what so bad about this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC_m0kUM5LY

      • http://linkapics.tumblr.com/ Linka

        Sega seems to have this weird idea in mind that they need to constantly reinvent the series, or else people will get bored with it. As a result, it causes things like gameplay to be unrefined (which is why they suddenly shifted to the Lost World gameplay after they had basically perfected the Unleashed gameplay engine), or them to go out of the way to make designs look “different” when the time comes.

        Of course, it truly makes them an opposite to a franchise like Mario, which has been relatively unchanged for years– they just add more to it instead of changing the basic gameplay engine.

  • The_Superior_Spider-Mon

    According to Steve Singer, Nintendo’s VP of licensing, was at the event to emphasize that Sonic Boom represents the second of three planned Sonic exclusives for Nintendo machines.

    Source: http://www.joystiq.com/2014/02/06/sonic-boom-comes-to-wii-u-and-3ds-from-western-studios/

    In other words, there is one more Sonic game that will be exclusive to Nintendo

    • http://linkapics.tumblr.com/ Linka

      I’m super curious now actually. Since everyone assumed that the next Olympics game was gonna count into this…

      • ronin4life

        Well technically, That game had Mario characters in it: It was NEVER going anywhere anyway.

        So this shouldn’t be too surprising.

    • subsamuel01

      So Mario and Sonic isn’t part of the deal. I kind of feel bad for Sega, their games would have sold a lot more if they didn’t sign this deal. I hope they got compensated well from Nintendo.

    • Fallen_Persona

      Sonic Adventure 3 Wii U?!?!?

      Just kidding…

      • Ash_Riot

        I think the concept of SA1 was good! It’s still my favourite 3D Sonic game. They could build of that style of game and make a new one, they could make a good one in that style;, fans would be decisive one way or another about it though…which is pretty much like all Sonic games nowadays.

  • James Enk

    ok for this one i am actually exited

  • Leonard Norwood Jr.

    The designs I can get over easy, I just want to know if they are making sure that this game plays alright. Another worry is what will the rest of the fans think about this game, hopefully they can see this with constructive criticism and at least give it some cred for now until its release. After Sonic Lost World (even though the game was decent in my opinion) I’m just worried that although the game looks tight, it doesn’t take much for people after some problems with a few Sonic games to go act negative towards it. At least I know better. At least Tails and Knuckles are playable again from what I’ve seen. That’s kinda what I wanted to see in the Sonic game, the return of playable characters other than Sonic, hopefully they play well. My only gripe is that this is a Nintendo exclusive, and the Wii U hasn’t done well for now. I think Sonic should go on a hiatus or something (my personal thought on it) after Lost World and this game.

    • http://linkapics.tumblr.com/ Linka

      It might somewhat help that a new dev is doing the game. A new fresh take might help the series and it’s gameplay?

      • Leonard Norwood Jr.

        Well hopefully they consider every factor and just take their time with developing the game. Time will tell if they did their job well.

    • Kaihedgie

      Constructive criticism and Sonic fanbase don’t mesh well in the same sentence.

      We already have people calling betrayal over blue arms. I wish they were trolling.

      • Leonard Norwood Jr.

        Its why I wanted nothing to do with the Sonic fanbase. *sighs*.

        • Kaihedgie

          I left a very long time ago, especially when it so many complaints were directed at nothing but Sonic’s voice actor and the color of his eyes. I wanted to come back because it seemed like it was recovering after Colors and Generations, but it looks like I spoke too soon

      • Ni ~SHE MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN~

        >We already have people calling betrayal over blue arms. I wish they were trolling

        Already!? this is going to be Lost World all over again

        • kthanxyousuck

          LOL go read the youtube comments, they’re funny and scary at the same time….

          • Kaihedgie

            I already read them.

            Now I remember precisely why I left in the first place

          • Ni ~SHE MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN~

            wtf? the fanbase is already calling it sonic 06. oh jesus lol

          • kthanxyousuck

            What makes me laugh is these were the same people saying Lost World would be garbage but are using that as an example as why they shouldn’t change? Like WTF?

      • Blaz

        SPOONY: BETRAYAL! YOU BETRAYED ME!!!

        Seriously, i-it’s not that bad… As long as the writing is quality, and not just the same formulas used over and over for the cartoon. And the game is interesting and uses different yet good mechanics to it as well as keeps the FUNDAMENTAL experience of the main series’ “good games”, it should be fine.

    • kthanxyousuck

      If you look at the youtube comments….yep, they’re ready to burn down Sega -_-

  • 3PointDecoupage

    Why are Knuckles and Sonic wearing mummy bandages?

  • malek86

    I’m not sure of their restricted platform choices.

    If they want this to be a big deal for Sonic (cartoon, merchandise, etc.) then shouldn’t they they try and have it on as many platforms as possible? Especially last-gen consoles, since a lot of kids still use those. I guess the deal means they have their hands tied, but that could have been another game too.

    As for the design, well. It certainly looks… peculiar. I wonder how many other character restylings we’ll get (if not in the game, probably in the show).

    • Leonard Norwood Jr.

      The Nintendo exclusive thing is my gripe, they didn’t have a problem multi-platforming past Sonic games, and they making this a Nintendo exclusive, I feel that’s a bit strange considering the thing with Wii U’s progress.

      • ronin4life

        Nintendo Sonic’s always sold a lot better, IIRC.

        And it could have sold well on WiiU too… if the media hadn’t started killing the system since the Original Wii came out…

        /feeling a bit grumpy

  • Laith Rem

    Knuckles is the only one that looks weird. For the most part, the redesigns just streamline what their character represents.

  • Ni ~SHE MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN~

    guys! Chun-li called me and said that Knuckles new body is because he was traininng with Guile

    • Leonard Norwood Jr.

      Very funny Ni…

    • Kaetsu

      Knuckles and Guile have the same voice actor. Also Sonic Boooom!

  • http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/21421.html?type=4 Kashell

    Did Echidna take steroids?!

    • Leonard Norwood Jr.

      You might want to take it up to the person who drew Knuckles like this.

  • Kaetsu

    Gameplay wise this game looks phenomenal. This looks like a legit next gen Sonic game and is going to be the next big leap in the series. I love that it seems they brought the team mechanic from Sonic Heroes(my favourite sonic game!). My only problem is the same problem everyone else has. Knuckles. He was completely fine before but instead they added unnecessary muscle. Still incredibly excited though.

    • Ni ~SHE MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN~

      I liked the gameplay too. Can’t wait to pair up Sonic and Amy to wreck havoc stuff in high speed

      • Kaetsu

        Same.

        • Leonard Norwood Jr.

          Agreed. I think that’s something that plenty of people including SonAmy fans would want to do in this game when its done.

    • kthanxyousuck

      Glad someone else brought up Sonic Heroes. I loved that game too much.

    • Leon_Tekashi

      Despite the slippery controls and those damn special stages because of the controls, Sonic Heroes was overall fun.

  • Lalum

    The in-game models look awful.

    • http://linkapics.tumblr.com/ Linka

      That’s mostly what I’m worried on, but they do say it’s an early rendering/work in progress…

      • Kaetsu

        I’m pretty sure the rumours leading up to this announcement said it will come out in 2015 so there is definitely time to work on it. Hopefully enough time to re-do Knuckles too :P

        • subsamuel01

          Sega declared that 2014 was the year of Sega, so I doubt they would let this game slip into 2015.

          • Ni ~SHE MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN~

            Only if the game development really ended we could get this in 2014 ( i hope). we don’t want another 06

          • Kaetsu

            On Bid Red Button Entertainment’s website they said the game has been in development for 2 years.

          • Ni ~SHE MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN~

            now my heart is ok with it but my mind is thinking that sega will screw this one too, they just have the touch to screw sonic games

          • Kaihaku

            Fortunately, it’s not being developed by Sega. I have hope that Big Red Button will pull this off, provided that Sega leaves them alone.

          • Kaetsu

            Well if it comes out in Q3 or Q4 it will still give them tons of time to work on it.

          • Blaz

            Where my Shenmue 3 at?

    • Kaetsu

      Sonic’s artwork looked really good but in the game he looked a little off. Kind of like he was made out of clay.

      • ThatGuy3190_7

        He’s a bit taller and thinner than usual. I’m used to him being shorter than his new model.

      • Kaihaku

        Yeah, the texture is a bit strange… But hopefully they’ll nail that down before launch.

    • Satori Satya

      Well while you guys focus on the characters, I was trying to check out anything having to do with that old thing we players rarely focus on now and then: GAMEPLAY.

      They could have the best characters ever but if the game plays like crap, it doesn’t matter one bit.

      • kthanxyousuck

        I agree. It’s not like I’m going to be pausing the game to stare at the character. I’ll have to look at them for what? 2-4 minutes for cutscenes while the majority of gameplay is looking at them either from behind or from a zoomed out distance.

        • Satori Satya

          Well my point was this:

          Remember Sonic Lost World? The characters were flawless. And yet the gameplay wasn’t exactly stellar.

          So I rather have a GAME with good GAMEPLAY than a game that looks good but plays awful.

          It would be interesting that this game actually plays good, despite its looks.

          • Loli Summoner

            Yeah but they could do both :T look at Sonic Generations, it was both beautiful/good looking characters and awesome, flawless gameplay. Having pretty visuals plays a big part in games.
            You don’t wanna play a game that the characters don’t appeal to you do you? And another thing, Sonic is SUPER popular so changing him is a big damn deal.
            Fan’s are still bitching that they changed his eyes GREEN.

          • Satori Satya

            Naw, Generations gameplay was far from flawless. It was good. But perfect? That’s entirely subjective.

            I think people need to realize a little detail about this new Sonic game:

            IT’S ALL PART OF AN ANIMATED SERIES PROJECT.

            That means that the animators who were going to work on the animated series had priority over the look of the characters. Not the devs of this game.

            And that is why Knuckles looks like he does. Because he’s playing a particular role in the animation (probably of a big lunk).

            People here are blaming the devs of the game. When they probably had no say on how the characters would look. They’re only trying to make the characters look faithful to their cartoon counterparts.

            So how about this: let’s judge this game on what the devs did have a control over: THE GAMEPLAY.

            So thank you for the down-votes “gamers” (who are most likely fanfiction writers & fan art artists).

          • Loli Summoner

            Ok I did go a little overboard by saying it was flawless but it was the best sonic game in a while (beside sonic colors, that was good). And I’m not gonna sit here and act like I know about copyrights and licensing but I’m pretty sure Sega DO have a say so, since Sonic is owned by Sega.
            A different company just can’t grab a copyrighted character and make a T.V show out and start changing everything about him, they have to ask Sega if they can use Sonic and get permission. And if Sega didn’t like what they were doing, pretty sure they wouldn’t go through with it. So I think Sega “DOES” have the same of amount of control over it since it’s “their” character.

          • Satori Satya

            I never said that SEGA lost the rights to Sonic. Who said that?

            I said that this SONIC BOOM project is not limited to videogames. But its actually a huge project that includes an ANIMATED CARTOON SERIES and TOYS.

            What does this mean?

            It means that the characters weren’t exclusively designed for a videogame. Instead, they were designed to work as part of an animated series and as toys.

            So its a safe bet that the guys working on the videogame, had no control over how the characters would look. Because they had to make sure that the characters in-game were going to be based on the ones from the cartoon and the toys. So that they would look like they belonged to the same concept/project.

            And that’s what I meant when I said that the devs probably had no control over the character designs.

      • Lalum

        Why does it have to be an either/or situation? If more people point out dissatisfaction with the models they might be changed before the game comes out and we’ll get a better product overall.

        • Satori Satya

          Because its a videogame. That’s why.

          No one looks at minecraft and judge it based on its looks alone. You have to play it to understand its appeal.

          That is how any game should be judged. But people are too superficial and quick to judge.

          • Lalum

            I wonder where in my initial statement I said “The in-game models look awful, therefore the game is awful.” Video games are a packaged deal, with art, music, story, and the most important element gameplay. One being sub-par is not good (unless that’s the aim of the game), even if the other elements can carry it.

  • https://twitter.com/BinksFrost Binks5

    i wont say much bout the art style just yet though the gameplay looked superb to me

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/BaoZakeruga BaoZakeruga

    Co-op is always welcome. I shall not comment on the designs………

    • Leonard Norwood Jr.

      I’m looking forward to co op. That’s been on my mind with these Sonic games and what they can really do if they implement it.

  • kthanxyousuck

    The character designs for Sonic and Knuckles look a little weird but the game itself looks good and reminds me of Sonic Heroes from gamecube and Sonic Adventure 2 from Dreamcast.

    The fact that the Wii U and 3DS games have different developers does make me feel better about the 3DS not getting a cheap port version. I also read on a different site they will have different environments and enemies.

    Someone mentioned it was weird this was a Nintendo exclusive and I was surprised by it. Not that I’m against it, but the fact that the developers working on the 3DS version are the ones that remade the Sly Collection and the 4th Sly game on PS3, I thought it would have had at least a PS3 release.

    • ronin4life

      The devs making the WiiU version are former Naughty Dogs Vets too.

      • kthanxyousuck

        LOL that makes it even more odd that this isn’t going to PS3/PSVita

  • Kaihedgie

    I’m definitely onboard. Likin’ the new designs, but the fanbase has infamy for any sort of physical change, even if it’s very minor. Remember the Sonic 4 teaser?

    • idrawrobots

      His eyes are the wrong color!

      • Kaihedgie

        WHERE’S DRUMMOND

        I remember there was this one video where people actually set up a phone line specifically for the purpose of having Ryan Drummond voice Sonic in Brawl

    • kthanxyousuck

      Sonic has by far the creepiest, most obsessive fanbase I think I’ve ever seen.

  • ThatGuy3190_7

    Knuckles is taking the phrase “My body is ready” to a new level.

    • Guest

      “My body is re-do”

  • idrawrobots

    I think that Sonic looks kinda awesome.

  • Spirit Macardi

    It’s good to hear Roger Craig Smith et all still providing the voices, but I’m not sure I dig the new designs… They seem like the kind of thing you’d see someone on deviantArt come up with.

    Knuckles’ look especially is several levels of WTF. I know he shares his voice with Thor, but he doesn’t need to share body proportions with him too. Even the world and enemy design looks less like Sonic and more like Ratchet and Clank.

    Granted the game itself may still be good and I’ll certainly give it a chance, but I’m half expecting Pac-Man to call and ask for his market pandering back.

    Addendum:

    Just saw the trailer for the actual cartoon series, and it was pretty funny. Gives me some more hope that this game will turn out alright.

    • Kaetsu

      Destructoid got to see the game in action(Behind closed doors I would presume) and they said it played a lot like Ratchet and Clank. They also said the world is really big and it will be running on the CryEngine 3.

      • kthanxyousuck

        Is that a bad thing though? Maybe for some people but I actually loved the Ratchet and Clank series tons more than I have the past few sonic games.

        • Kaetsu

          I’ve only played the Future Tools games but considering that there excellent, this news only makes me more excited.

          • kthanxyousuck

            The 3DS version is also being made by the developer of the fourth Sly Cooper game which again, was another great game.

  • SirRichard

    Oh my god, Knuckles, what did they do to you?

    • kthanxyousuck

      He’s hulked up!

  • idrawrobots
    • Alexandra Cordes

      Oh, Urkel, you~

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      yes…the voice of 90s sonic

  • D. Collins

    I like the look of the characters. Everything looks fresh, cant wait to see more.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Knuckles…….looks like Busta Rhymes and ate Storm from Sonic riders for power….. da hell sega at least they didn’t go and oversexualize Amy like a lot of revamps tend to do. =_=; … *cringes* … dem bandages tho…

    I liked lost worlds so yeah picking this up also

    • Kaihedgie

      “Knuckles…….looks like Busta Rhymes” You make it sound like a bad thing in spite of his theme songs

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        Knuckles was always known as the Token black guy in sonic

        • Ni ~SHE MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN~

          LOL true

          • ShawnOtakuSomething

            should have been voiced by Busta XD

    • DragKudo

      wait who did Sega oversexualized?

  • Guest

    Beyond the characters’ design, this might be fun; I’ll wait for good game-play footage to judge appropriately.

    And, something I read from Twitter:
    “The studio making Sonic Boom on WiiU (Big Red Button) are mostly former Naughty Dog and Infinity Ward people.” -@AceBandage85

  • Kaetsu

    Sonic Boom, huh? *goes to listen to the Sonic CD opening* SONIC BOOM! SONIC BOOM!

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      remixed for the show I bet

    • idrawrobots

      Can someone please dub Guile’s Theme to this trailer!

      • Kaetsu

        Mute the video and play Guile’s Theme over it :)

        • idrawrobots

          Oh nice! It works! ;)

  • DCBlackbird

    The fact that we get to fight a Colossi makes this awesome.

  • Warren

    Where the f*** is my Sonic Adventures 3!!! Those games were amazing!

  • Trismagistus

    Blunder of the century

    • DCBlackbird

      Oh come now.

    • Kaihedgie

      Elaborate

      • Trismagistus

        No need, the trailer does so for me.

        • DCBlackbird

          Aesthetic changes to a series that has been changing their aesthetic each installment?

          • British_Otaku

            Come on now. The aesthetics of Sonic games are pretty consistent, now it is the mechanics which change every installment which is perhaps more of a cause for concern as I can’t say I’ve had a title I’ve enjoyed playing wholeheartedly in a while.

        • Kaihedgie

          That doesn’t tell me anything

  • ivanchu77

    -Shooting mechanics
    -Dudebro knuckles
    -Dubster

    Watch out sonic 2006, you got some serious competition

    • Stephen Mc Devitt

      Ha ha ha! What!? Where’s the Final Fantasy-esque melodrama? Where’s the bestiality? Where’s Shadow?

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Oh its not that bad at lest theres no Princess

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      Shadow and guns as DLC in 2k15~.

  • Ooh Bee

    What’s the name of that new character in red? Pecs?

  • sd28

    dem legs dear god no

  • Haganeren

    Errr no, it just doesn’t work for me.

    I mean, did you look that screenshot with Amy ? It’s like there is an enemy and the environment with “complex” texture which fit together perfectly… But there is Amy with a design with mat texture which doesn’t fit with anything else !

    It’s as if they were making a new HD Jack & Dexter and suddenly, Sega came and say “Ok, make it a Sonic right now ! I have money !”.

    The character is seriously the only thing which don’t work, it’s suspicious for me…

    • kthanxyousuck

      Or it’s the influence of the developers working on the game. Who have worked on Jax and Daxter* and Sly Cooper which uses these kind of designs.

  • Desperado Jack

    Sonic is just going through his Kingdom Hearts Phase

    • Kaihedgie

      That would imply he’s moping for no real reason

  • Ixbran

    This game gives me a Sonic Heroes vibe, and I love it. I personally like the new designs for the characters, and the game play mechanics remind me of Sonic Adventure mixed with Sonic Heroes, with each of them having different abilities needed to access areas others cant in stages.

    I’m actually looking forward too this game, heres hoping it does well.

  • Samsara09

    This game gives me the epic feeling sonic to me has missed ever since sonic adventure 1 and 2…boy,hope the 3ds version isn’t butched compared to the WIIU version..

    • kthanxyousuck

      The 3DS version is being done by a different developer so it won’t be a port. It’s the developers that made the final Sly Cooper game last year.

      • Samsara09

        thanks for the info!
        Shit…guess it won’t be like the WIIU version.Oh well.
        A question.How good are those developers?

        • kthanxyousuck

          The Wii U developers use to work with Naughty Dog back when they made Jak & Daxter and Crash Bandicoot and possibly the first uncharted. According to their website they’ve been working on the game for 2 years

          The 3DS developers did really good on the Sly Cooper Games but I don’t believe they’ve ever made a game for the DS family.

  • Fidelis

    Ah geez. I’ve been hoping for them to make a new Sonic game with multiple playable characters. And Knuckles was the main person I wanted to play as..

    Welp, I got my wish! And hell! I can get used to these new designs. Knuckles has always been my favorite, and the characters who fit “the big guy” trope are always the ones I take a shine to the most. Now he fits the trope to a “T”, not only in terms of his personality but also his size. I like it..I like it a lot!

    The other character redesigns are alright…though I REALLY think Sonic’s bandanna should have been red..

    Heh, geez, I’m already used to it. Part of me was hoping these redesigns wouldn’t be permenant…but if they were, that’d be alright…
    I just hope that this builds off of the old continuity and isn’t a completely fresh start.

    • kthanxyousuck

      I agree that based on the knuckles character, he should have always been bigger than Sonic physically. I wasn’t thinking this big but lol, it can work.

      I don’t get why Sonic has a bandana at all or all the bandages but it’s not the worse thing ever.

  • Kaetsu

    I’d like to put out that they released a trailer for the TV series and Eggman is present so he’s probably going to be in the game and not another villain.

  • http://takopako.tumblr.com takopako

    tail’s and amy definitely benefited from the redesign. i also think that knuckles might look less weird if they gave him a vest or something….

    • British_Otaku

      I’m just glad that they aren’t wearing much clothing… *Ahem*
      >_> Did that come out weird?

      Well anyway, the trinkets are less intrusive to the design than the jackets we expected some of them to have.

  • 하세요

    Looks fun to me.

  • The Watcher

    So pretty much Sonic Heroes 2 with 4-player online co-op? i can see this.

    • kaotron

      and a new design for the cast, it looks like…

      …and knuckles started taking steroids

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Leafy_Cam Leafhopper

      I was thinking the same thing. Looks like a more fun Sonic Heroes, sicne Heroes didnt click to well with me but was still a decent game.

    • kthanxyousuck

      I don’t see it being online co-op sadly. If anything it’ll be local 4-player on Wii U and single player (switching through characters based on the environment and abilities) or Local play for 3DS.

    • ninjabart122

      There’s a Sonic Heroes 2?

    • Kaetsu

      They already announced it won’t have online but it’s still a lot like Heroes.

  • KyoyaHibari

    *hears Bangarang* *facepalms*

  • ThatGuy3190_7

    I hope this is a one-time only design. After Sonic-Boom is over and done, please go back to the original updated designs, please?

    • British_Otaku

      This is a separate brand from the original series and more or less a tie in to support the TV show. F-Zero wasn’t killed by a tie in video game based on the anime… Or maybe it was as this punch was so hard they haven’t had a game in over a decade.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CJn69FgEko

  • Masa

    meh, Sonic……such annoying characters.

    • Blaz

      Why do you post to a game/cartoon series you don’t like. Sounds like whining.

  • cloudcaelum

    Really with this Knuckles, they just f*cked my chillhood…

  • fireemblembeast

    Knuckles’s stature is making his large knuckles seem normal- sized in comparison… Meh.

  • harmonyworld

    Doesn’t look too bad~
    Looks like it’s got potential to be a good adventure game the likes of crash bandicoot and spyro!
    I’ll be looking forward to it!

  • Loli Summoner

    So its obvious they’re trying to kill the sonic series…WTF! is up with the characters or should I say knuckles….

    • AuraGuyChris

      This isn’t canon. The original Sonic look is still staying.

      Or else this Sonic would have already been edited into Smash Bros. 4.

  • Happy Gamer

    Hey I’m actually excited for this lol. I see alot of hate tho.
    It kind of reminds of a Jack and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy but with Sonic characters.

    I hope this sort of revives the sonic franchise. I know purists will hate (I’m a humongo Sonic fan myself), but I am always willing to try something different.

    On a side note, this feels like Sega is really trying hard to somehow revive the franchise for this generation.

  • Happy Gamer

    Give Sonic a Hotsuma flowing red scarf! lol

    • Shady Shariest

      …Blue…Has a flowing red scarf…
      Laharl?

  • MrJechgo

    Different? That’s a… nice way to put it…

  • Yuuki

    While it’ll take some getting used to appearance-wise,it looks like it’ll be great game,especially since I can play as Amy.

  • Brion Valkerion

    Seems like they went Jak and Daxter/Ratchet and Clank for this. Its not “going to change sonic forever” like they said but it does look good. And is it just an industry standard to roll year plus old skrellix songs in game trailers now.

    • dmysta3000

      Apparentley the game’s character designers actually did work on the Jak & Daxter trilogy and some early Naughty Dog games.

      • Guest

        The 3DS developers worked on Jak & Daxter, Wii U developers worked on Crash Bandicott.

  • James Williams

    Absolutely adore all the designs, i haven’t been this hyped about sonic for some time!

  • Byas

    Shoulders the Echidna.

    • http://www.ihasnowebsitez.com Satonaka CP-Four

      winner

  • Uso Ewin

    Well, at least Sonic Team can’t take the blame for this one.

  • echokanon

    Knuckles what happened to you!?

    • Ixbran

      He got ripped <3

      • AuraGuyChris

        Well, cartoon-ripped. He just has a lot more mass, but I see no muscle.

        • J_Joestar

          under the fur?

  • harmonyworld

    at least knuckles isn’t wearing mittens anymore~ :3

  • kthanxyousuck

    The website is open guys.

    http://www.sonicthehedgehog.com/boom/?t=en_US

    Under video games it says two unique experiences. So it’s possible that the 3DS and Wii U games might be more like the Batman Origins/Blackgate series being two individual games.

    • Link

      Thats exactly what it is. Its just like Lost Worlds. Same name, same universe, different games.

  • PowerOfTheGods24

    I hope shadow is in a movie special if they make 1.

  • Repede91

    I was expecting the Sega CD USA version music… and I got dubstep…

    I like the new character designs though and parts of the trailer where everyone was working as a team reminded me of Sonic Heroes.

  • Adrián Alucard

    Sonic still have its original design, Sonic still have its original design, Sonic still have its original design, Sonic still have its original design, Sonic still have its original design, Sonic still have its original design, Sonic still have its original design…

  • Hinataharem

    Knuckles obviously benches the master emerald in between games

  • http://www.reignsreverie.com/ Caden Reigns

    not the biggest fan of knuckles’ redesign but by the gods why are Sonic’s arms blue!??!!!!1!!

    • AkuLord3

      How could they make the Blue Hedgehog…MORE BLUE!!!!!!!!!!

  • RoyalR R.M

    Sonic adventure 3?
    I know it called Sonic Boom…

  • Nice Boat Quatro

    Because I haven’t spammed this image enough today

    http://i.imgur.com/LQOq3jz.jpg

    • DCBlackbird

      AWWWWWWWWWWWWW YEEEEAAAAAAAAAAA!

  • Kaetsu

    Knuckles? More like biceps! BAAH DUHM CSSSSSSSSSHHH!

  • ofedenhall

    Because the last Sonic Action game went so well…

  • Crevox

    I don’t like the look on tails face

  • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

    Sonic Boom, eh?

    “Go home and be an Eggman.”

  • Mike G. Moran

    … What the fuck did you do to Knuckles, Sega?

  • http://people.ign.com/rob1610 rob1610

    “Sega say the Sonic Boom game will be a different experience from past Sonic titles in that it will focus on collaborative gameplay.”
    Then…what was Sonic Heroes?

    • British_Otaku

      Big Red Button Entertainment’s page also says “After 2 years of development, we’re proud to announce our partnership
      with Sega as the first western developer to be selected to create an
      alternate Sonic game title.”

      Somehow forgetting Bioware on Sonic The Dark Brotherhood and Sonic Rivals 1 & 2 which were pretty recent if you ask me. >_> I don’t think PR guys can be expected to have a good memory, Dragon Ball games at a point kept announcing “fully destructible environments” as if we hadn’t seen them fail before or that it isn’t being pushed in the game at all.

      • Repede91

        Sonic R and 3D Blast were developed by Traveller`s Tales.

        Hell, even Sonic 2, being an STI game is technically western developed.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Knuckles lookin swolle as fuck

  • Ryuki

    So I heard that the game takes place in an alternate universe which means that this isn’t the same sonic that we know. But if that’s false and this is the new design for them, I’m okay with it. Everyone fits their role but Amy…She seems to be a fricken ninja now. I watched the trailer for the game and she seems to be the most agile and nimble member, which makes me happy to be a fan of hers again. < 3

    • Vash bane

      her art work indeed does look cool. but my is knuckles buff …lol

  • hazelnut1112

    That dubstep in the trailer got me cracking up a lot.

  • protofox

    pretty much a summary of knuckles’ day to day life in sonic boom

  • Shady Shariest

    My new mantra :
    It’s just for Nintendo, it’s just for Nintendo, it’s just for Nintendo…

  • NimbusStev

    Ahaha these character models look like knockoff Chinese toys you’d buy on the black market. Whoever greenlit these character designs clearly doesn’t know enough about the Sonic fanbase to anticipate the kind of backlash this is going to cause. How long do you think it will take until the “change Sonic’s arm color” petitions start flying in?

    After years and years of ‘fan’ complaints and mediocre review scores, I think Sega is finally giving up on its target audience and instead going after the Skylanders market. It’s pretty sad to see what this iconic series has degenerated into.

  • Kornelious

    ……………..What…the…hell….?

    Seriously though this seems pretty interesting, I guess Sega gave up on the “Try to reach out to older Sonic fans” after Lost Worlds and moved on with their crazy fantasies lol. I look forward to this though.

  • XypherCode

    It looks pretty cool.

  • 愛憎

    Skrillex and Sonic?
    I never thought I’d see them together. How odd.

  • James Enk

    Sonic Borderlands, come on am i the only one who is seeing that? co-op open world exploration, 4 characters with different traits, huge robot worm at the end of the trailer…. anyone? no?

  • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

    i actually liked their Older version here :3

  • http://resettears.wordpress.com/ Reset Tears

    Hope Dr. Robotnik is in this, and with a new epic DUBSTEP boss theme.

    • Shady Shariest

      Watch the trailer for the TV-series. Robuttnik in that will most likely be the same ingame :3

  • Daniel Banks

    I’m just glad they’re finally letting Amy get a chance to be as cool as the rest of the group.

  • RazeXI

    “Sonic Boom will introduce exploration and combat to the mix of features, as well as a new “Enerbeam” tether mechanic”
    …Knuckles Chaotix?

  • J_Joestar

    Wonder what Rouge would look like in this new style.

  • Jeffrey Thrash

    I’m actually really excited about this game, especially since the studio making this game worked at Naughty Dog during the Crash/Jak and Daxter days, but I can’t stand how people are already poo-pooing the game, especially since, for all we know right now, Sonic Team and/or Dimps are working on a separate, more traditional game. I also don’t get why the Internet is saying Sonic Lost World started the Sonic Cycle again. My best guess is that people are judging it based on the inferior 3DS version and the Wii U version (which I loved for the most part) wasn’t amazing enough to justify buying a Wii U for it. Alternatively, maybe SEGA is taking advantage of the Nintendo exclusivity to minimize the risk trying something new.

  • http://mizzi-sama.tumblr.com/ Pinkyuu

    That master emerald did something to Knuckles….

  • voicetek20

    Once this 3 game deal is up, hopefully Sonic will return to the PlayStation and Xbox where everyone can play these games. Never cared for this exclusive deal nonsense.

  • RagingTiger44

    Looks like Knuckles has been hitting the gym lately.

  • http://oneweakness.com/ PRIZZA

    No thank you. At all.

  • Nicki Savage

    Ohhhhhhh yeah = w = I’ll EASILY get used to this version…I had the same reaction to those graphics as the ones in Sonic Adventure’s posters.

    My fur flag is flyin’…I’ll accept Buffles the Echidna as a substitute design.

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