Brace yourselves Sonic fans: this one’s big. Sega has announced a brand new Sonic franchise titled “Sonic Boom,” which will include a brand new animated series on Cartoon Network, a line of toys and a pair of games on Wii U and 3DS, the third installment in Sega’s 3-game deal with Nintendo. But these aren’t just any Sonic games; in fact, Sonic Team won’t be developing either of them. Instead, the Wii U version will be handled by Big Red Button Entertainment, a fresh face in the gaming industry founded by Bob Rafei, Naughty Dog’s art director from 1995 to 2008. The 3DS version on the other hand will be developed by Sanzaru Games, who recently made Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.
The trailer below features the new character designs and gameplay elements, with each character receiving a makeover and what looks to be an emphasis on collaborative gameplay. Sega of America marketing chief Marcella Churchill was adamant in communicating that this new design won’t mean the end the “modern Sonic” we’ve come to know, but that Sonic Boom will instead be a spinoff franchise. The gameplay looks reminiscent of the Sonic Adventure titles, with different playable characters all possessing unique abilities. The video does note from the beginning that the game is a work in progress, so there could be several changes made before launch. No release date was given, but don’t expect to see this one too soon. Sega isn’t afraid to take risks with its speedy blue mascot; let’s just hope this one pays off.