Well it has been a while since we heard about the new Sonic Boom cartoon, I even did a blog post about it when it was first announced, but now it seems like Sega have come out of hiding and given us our first details and what follows may be shock some of you… The following info comes from IGN:
Jesus Christ what did they do to Knuckles, he’s become some beast, like he’s fucking steroids. My eyes! 😄
“SEGA has announced Sonic Boom, a fresh branch of the Sonic universe that includes a video game, toys and a new CG animated television series.
Sonic Boom will introduce redesigned versions of the popular hedgehog and his companions. To get your first glimpse at their new looks, check out the debut trailer for the Sonic Boom video game below, coming exclusively to Wii U and 3DS.
Starring Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy Rose, the Sonic Boom game will serve as a prequel to the TV series and will focus on collaborative gameplay. The third title in the exclusive Nintendo-Sega partnership following Sonic: Lost World and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, it’ll feature all the speed you’d expect from a Sonic game, alongside elements of exploration, combat and “a new Enerbeam tether mechanic”.
The TV series will debut on Cartoon Network during the 2014/2015 series and will be made up of 52 episodes, each 11 minutes long. As you’d expect, a range of accompanying toys and merchandise will be produced featuring the new-look characters.
Hiroyuki Miyazaki, SEGA chief content officer for Sonic, said “SEGA is constantly looking to feed the appetite of Sonic fans, new and existing alike. The various pieces of the Sonic Boom project, such as its unique look, mix of comedy, and action and its focus on the whole ensemble with Sonic as the star, offer another exciting part of that universe for people to explore and enjoy. It will be at once familiar but also new.”
Earlier this week there were mutterings about a next-gen Sonic game headed to Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One in 2015, though SEGA was quick to deny the claims. We now know where our next Sonic fix is coming from… the question is, when?”
Now before I even start to talk about the news about Sonic Boom actually being both a video game and TV show, I feel the need to firstly address that game trailer…
Uhh, okay, erm, I don’t even know what to say. To be honest I am kind of speechless. One part of me thinks the individual gameplay types between the four looks cool and graphically the environments like nice, but then the other half of me is like what the hell did they do the classic Sonic characters and why has the Sonic series become less and less about fast platforming and more about comedy, teamwork gameplay and all this other randomness. It also doesn’t help that the trailer uses one of the most overhyped and annoying songs from recent history, Skrillex’s “Bangarang”. But really the gameplay does look interesting, looks like some Sonic Heroes with third-person adventure action which could work if done properly and since it doesn’t look like Dimps are involved in the development of this game there may be hope! I’m just not sure if I’m down with such a radical change for Sonic in such a short time. He went from awesomeness in Sonic Generations to some weird version in Sonic Lost World, while at Nintendo, Mario barely changes at all, he just gets a few new power-ups a year and continues to succeed with ease. How can Sega fail to do the same for the blue blur? It baffles me.
As for Sonic Boom on the whole, I am very, VERY concerned. This changed-up gameplay and funky character designs definitely put a spin on my childhood memories and have left me at a loss for words. Is this what Sega and Sonic Team think is the best way for Sonic to get back in the good books of not only the fans but also the people not aware of the Sonic franchise too? I can easily see a lot of fans or outsiders look at this and think of it as a joke and wouldn’t blame them. Sonic’s been on a slippery slope of doom since Sonic 06 and while Sonic Colours and Generations helped him out, Shadow’s guns, Sonic’s Werehog transformation, Sonic’s sword and questionable game mechanics in the recent Lost World haven’t been forgotten.
Now I am ready to give this game the benefit of the doubt and see how it fares, maybe the game will be good, will lead into a great TV show and I’ll take back everything that I said. However change has never been kind to the Sonic series before and I’m not sure it’ll help now and I am afraid that Sonic is being changed and watered down and I’m not sure this will pull in the audience Sega think it will. But we’ll wait and see.