Published on February 10th, 2014 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor
Sonic Boom: There’s Always Room for More Sonic
Sonic the Hedgehog been an iconic character in SEGA’s lineup, well, since ever. The little blue ball of fur carried an attitude that Mario didn’t have, and speed that no one else could touch.
So, what’s different about Sonic Boom and why is there such a stir surrounding the newest venture?
The newest game titled Sonic Boom is slated to launch alongside a cartoon series in 2014/15. The game is accompanied by a CG animated series launching on the Cartoon Network. Although this might wreak of a huge marketing ploy, it seems appropriate.
Hear me out.
If you were Sega and wanted people to understand exactly what direction your flagship mascot was heading in, I’m sure you’d want to explain yourself, right?
The video game will serve as a prequel to the cartoon. Even so, it seems like a plausible venture in that, instead of dropping the same characters into a new setting with new models and abilities, it seems very appropriate to give reasons for the change. Knuckles does look pretty BA in his new muscular form, and even Sonic has a new hipster, rebel-esque look.
I do agree with the concept art especially speaking in terms of keeping the Sonic franchise relevant.
“We want to ensure that the Sonic brand continues to evolve and appeal to new generations of Sonic fans and this different look introduces a fresh approach that will be at once both familiar and new to consumers,” said John Cheng, President & COO, SEGA of America. “We are committed to supporting this initiative to provide great entertainment to fans for all aspects of their lives.”
The most impressive in terms of visuals, assuming it’s in-game capture, is the CryEngine running on the Wii U. The vivid colors, massive looking environments, and even multiple animations unfolding at once, the Wii U still seems to hold its ground. This is one way in which the game will continue it’s relevancy in a market space shared with the likes of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and roll out of Steam Boxes.
However, Sega has digital distribution to thank for a good chunk of its survivability. sonic Lost World was entangled in mixed reception and surely wasn’t a huge money maker for the company.
Sonic Boom is slated to launch on the Nintendo Wii U (Big Red Button Entertainment) and Nintendo 3DS (Sanzaru Games).