SEGA Announces Sonic Boom Sub-franchise

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Continuing the blue hedgehog’s Nintendo-exclusive adventures, SEGA recently revealed an interesting new sub-series for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. It’s called Sonic Boom, and it’s planned to have both a video game on the Wii U/3DS and a television show on Cartoon Network. The plot, as far as I can tell, revolves around our hydrophobic hero stumbling upon some sort of secret world that Eggman has decided to conquer. Here is the description from SEGA’s blog:

“Sonic Boom is a character-driven comedy that leaves a trail of robot wreckage in its smoldering wake. The series centers on Sonic, his best friend and sidekick, Tails, their never-ending search for adventure, and their battles with Sonic’s arch-nemesis, Dr. Eggman. Rounding out the ensemble are fan favorites Knuckles and Amy Rose, plus a rogue’s gallery of enemies—some familiar to Sonic fans and some brand-new.”

The game trailer, frankly, blows. Even though the character designs don’t look so bad in action, when they’re not moving they just look derpy. The art style reminds me of Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2, which was intentionally designed to look unnerving. Here, it just looks like the characters took a lot of steroids. The trailer also contains deafening dubstep, because apparently all game trailers produced in the 2010s need dubstep.

Perhaps I sound jaded, but I’m actually optimistic about this. I hope it’s just a case of “bad trailer, good game.” After all, the level design on display seems top-notch, like a sort of blend of Jak and Daxter and Ratchet & Clank. The gameplay also seems—dare I say it—like a spiritual successor to the Sonic Adventure series. I’ve been waiting more than 10 years for a game to live up to that; hopefully this will do the job. And besides, the trailer for the cartoon is pretty solid:

If you’re still not convinced, well, you don’t have to worry too much. SEGA has stated that this will not replace the original series. No release date was set for either the 3DS or Wii U version, but the cartoon is slated for Fall 2014.