Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sonic Boom Is About To Make Some Noise On Wii U & 3DS

Sonic the Hedgehog has gone from Mario's rival mascot back in the late 80's/early 90's to becoming a major mascot for Nintendo, often starring in games alongside Nintendo's hard working plumber. 2010's Sonic Colors and last years Sonic Lost World for the Wii U & 3DS gave an idea of what could be achieved if Sega's blue blur settled down and focused on what makes him great as a character. While some were critical of Lost World, the game showed a major improvement over much of what Sonic starred in over the last 15 years. As major third party's jumped ship on Nintendo, Sega has cozy'd up to the Big N and offered their mascot as an exclusive across a selection of new games. It seems that the latest exclusive will coincide with a new CGI animated series set to premiere on Cartoon Network later this year. That new game is Sonic Boom and it is a major third party exclusive for the Wii U & 3DS! The game will act as a prequel of sorts to the TV series.

There are a lot of interesting details tied to Sonic Boom that is sure to surprise many Wii U fans. The Wii U version of the game is being developed by Big Red Button Entertainment, a new company who's experience includes work on Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter and Uncharted which explains why Sonic Boom looks similar to games like Jak and Rachet & Clank (this is a very good thing). The 3DS version of the game is being handled by Sanzaru who recently worked on the PS3/Vita title Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. The Wii U version of Sonic Boom has also been in development for about 2 years which shows a level of investment in the game as opposed to a quick licensing cash grab to ride off the animated series. One of the most impressive details about the game is that it is running on the powerful CryEngine 3 game engine which explains the beautiful game environments. Ironically, the game was actually shown in the CryEngine 3 demo reel featured at last years Game Developers Conference (GDC 2013) in March 2013 but nobody knew that it was Sonic OR that it was for Wii U. Destructoid has reported that the game looks a lot like the popular Ratchet & Clank game series on PlayStation due to the games massive worlds and projectile combat system. It has also been confirmed that the Wii U version of the game will support co-op play. Any way you slice it, Sonic Boom is an impressive title that is sure to make a splash on Nintendo systems later this year. Enjoy!

Sonic Boom Trailer Direct Link

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