Sonic Boom, an upcoming game for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, is being developed by Big Red Button Entertainment, rather than Sega’s Sonic Team. Additionally, the Wii U version of the game is being made using Crytek’s Cryengine 3 technology.
Speaking with Official Nintendo Magazine, Sega producer Stephen Frost explained why the developer opted to use Cryengine specifically.
“You associate CryEngine with lush, tropical, beachy things. These are also things with which Sonic is associated, so they work together,” Frost said.
Sonic Boom actually runs on a modified version of Cryengine 3 that allows the engine to execute split-screen gaming, which it isn’t normally capable of.
“We worked in close contact with Crytek in Germany, and the team there is pretty excited about that as well,” said Big Red Button CEO and visual director, Bob Rafai. “In the end, it was simply the right choice for the project.”