SEGA Announce Sonic Boom Details

SonicBoom

On their blog, SEGA have announced a slew of new details about Sonic Boom, the upcoming CG animated cartoon featuring the Blue Blur. However, more than just that, the post states that Sonic Boom is a "new franchise strategy."

The post describe Sonic Boom as a "new branch" of the Sonic franchise, so at this time it doesn't seem that what we see in Sonic Boom will be replacing the traditional Sonic we all know and love. The post goes on to say "Sonic Boom, ...will debut a new look for Sonic and friends and launch their first-ever CG animated television series, new video games for Wii U  and Nintendo 3DS, and a new toy line. The creative driving forces behind these projects are working together with SEGA to kick-start a global campaign for Sonic Boom that will excite and engage new and existing fans across a variety of platforms." 

Sonic Boom is set to be a fully collaborative endeavour between SEGA, with the new look of the characters inspired by their abilities and personalities (Knuckles being the strong character, hence his more Hulk-like appearance, etc) and both the animated series and the games will share a common narrative.

The series itself, co-produced by SEGA of America Inc. and OuiDO! Productions, will "debut on Cartoon Network in the U.S. and on CANAL J and GULLI in France during the 2014/2015 season."  The series is set to be a comedy made up of  52 11-minute standalone episodes.  "Every episode starts from a small character-driven story and explodes into an epic tale of saving the world, robot battles and more."

The post goes on to say that the Sonic Boom games will serve as a prequle to the TV show and focus on collaborative play. The post also states that Sonic Boom is the third title that will be released under the exclusive contract with Nintendo, the first two of which where Sonic: Lost World and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

The post also states that  Sonic Boom "will also introduce exploration, combat and a new Enerbeam tether mechanic that will allow the Sonic Boom world to be discovered in totally unique ways." Not sure exactly how this game's exploration and combat will be different to Sonic Adventure and Sonic Unleashed and the "Enerbeam" sounds similar to the tether mechanic from Knuckles Chaotics. Guess we'll just have to wait and see. The original blog post features lots of images and trailers from the TV series and games, and concept art so check that out for full details.

So what do you think about this new direction or Sonic? Will you watch the cartoon and check out the games? What about the character designs? More importantly, will you be collecting the new merch? Let us know in the comments below.


Last Updated ( 06 February 2014 )  

Joe Douglas

A lover of comics, sci-fi, fantasy and dusty old video games, Joe is a Sega man through and through. Combining his love of collecting and blue hedgehogs, Joe runs the site SonicCollectors on which he attempts to build a database of Sonic merch. He is tolerated by one cat, two dogs and his girlfriend.

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Comments 

(Link to this comment) Lord_Santa 2014-02-06 23:54
I feel like screaming loudly; not so much out of sheer anger and frustration and disappointment and sadness; but because SEGA just won't stop.
this horse has been dead for well over a decade! and still everyone just stands idly by, as SEGA keeps beating it - hell, every once in a while, the critics will even praise them for doing so.
I know. I shouldn't care anymore. it's futile. but what really pissed me off this time around was that they actually tried to make Sonic & Co. 'hip' again - I get why; he was 'hip' back in the 90's; but since then I've felt as if though Sonic games have at least 'felt timeless' in terms of design. now? they've got dubstep(!?!?) and a scarf 'round the neck and taller, slimmer (except for poor Knuckles, whom they've utterly ruined forever). it's just... I am afraid that I won't ever be able to even look at Sonic ever again, without instantly being reminded of... this.
(Link to this comment) JoeMD 2014-02-07 00:08
I actually think you're being a bit harsh. Characters - no matter the medium - need to be revitalised if they are to stay fresh. Just look at the current comic book films, specifically the Nolan Batman movies, do you really think that's exactly how Batman is in the comics? Sonic is a great character, SEGA are just trying to find a way that works for a modern audience (and believe me, more re-vamps have failed than succeeded for many characters).

SEGA's blog post clearly states this is a spin-off of the main Sonic series, not a replacement for it. I think the redesigns make sense, myself. Knuckles has always been the "brawn" of Sonic's world so beefing him up fits. As for the scarf, if I'm speeding around at the speed of sound, I wouldn't want bugs and crap hurtling into my mouth either.

I was apprehensive about this when all we had was the silhouette image, but now we've more detail and trailers to go by I'm more positive in my apprehension.
(Link to this comment) Lord_Santa 2014-02-07 09:14
Part 1

never followed the DC/Marvel comics, nor ever had any genuine interest in the movies; but you do have a point there; since I have noticed that they get rebooted/updated, ever so often. I suppose that with Sonic it's always felt more 'personal', since it was a franchise that I've actually cared about. I think it's the fact Sonic & Co. always have felt as if though they are the true 'essence' of the 90's. the 'cool and rad' - represented in such a way that could only be described as 90's. this latest iteration of the franchise simply feel like a 30+ character trying 'get down with the new groove', in order to impress a new generation. of course kids of today 'should be allowed to have a Sonic of their own' (in terms of representing them), but I don't
think that Sonic & Co. are the best pick for doing so.
(Link to this comment) Lord_Santa 2014-02-07 09:16
Part 2

I wish that SEGA would find a new mascot to represent this generation; someone that can better represent it, rather than simply updating the old. if nothing else, out of sheer respect for not only Sonic, but the fans who grew up with him. Mario is different in this regard; he's never been 'hip' (in the main series of games, at least), nor ever tried to 'represent', that's why he's still the main face of Nintendo - he's timeless. I've never been Sonic's 'greatest fan'; but I've always had respect for the franchise, up until (and including) the Dreamcast games. but SEGA need to shift focus. they need to find a new face to represent them. something that truly represents this era; this generation. Sonic ran his course a long time ago; I have no problem with him still getting new games, etc. - as long as he stays in the background, instead of constantly being updated to the accomodate the latest trends.
(Link to this comment) Lord_Santa 2014-02-07 09:17
Part 3

I may come off as an old cynical bastard, yelling at kids to 'get off mah lawn' and so be it. I'm just sick and tired of watching the entertainment industry constantly trying to 'update/revitalize' franchises all the time, instead of trying to bring us something new. I'm sick and tired of having to see every popular franchise get milked completely dry, in efforts to 'appeal to the new generation', rather than coming up with something new and innovative. innovation is the key-word to progress and as long as the media-industry keep this up; there's none to be had. SEGA used to be a representation of fresh ideas and risk-taking projects; now they're just Sonic and 'the occassional 3rd party developer' for a bunch of bland games.
(Link to this comment) Lord_Santa 2014-02-07 09:18
Part 4

I suppose what all this boils down to is why I am what is referred to as 'a retro-gamer' - and I suppose that's what I'll always be; mentally stuck in an era long gone, refusing to contribute to an entertainment-industry that stagnated long ago. I suppose this will be the last I'll ever have to say about a new Sonic game, ever again; I don't want to risk ending up like him - a worn-out cliché, unable to bring anything new to the table, but rather just rehashing old arguments which hasn't been valid for decades
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(Link to this comment) JoeMD 2014-02-07 12:47
That is a hell of a reply, and I totally accept and understand your point of view. However, I will say that I do think Sonic is still a relevant character. Sure, he may have lost some of his glow in recent years, but I think he's just as important as other long running pop culture icons such as the aforementioned comic heroes. I think it's great Sega is trying new things with Sonic and I think that Sonic Boom shows they are still game enough to take risks.
(Link to this comment) Lord_Santa 2014-02-07 13:04
sorry if it seems as if though I'm 'over-reacting'. I do understand and respect your point of view; I guess it's part of my own fears of embracing 'the future', mostly because back in the 80's - early 90's, 'nerds or geeks' (as we were referred to) always were (at least in my experience), left out and looked down upon (amongst other things), as some kind of socially unacceptable freaks. and nowadays 'everyone's a nerd'; and to see Sonic fully embrace that fact and the current 'culture' was simply a kick below the belt for me. again, I apologize for coming off rudely.
(Link to this comment) JoeMD 2014-02-07 15:44
You didn't come off rudely at all, and I understand where you are coming from. As someone who is into comics and art rather than sport I was frequently called a "freak" and looked down upon. It also irritates me no end when people think they are "geeks" just because they watch Big Bang Theory. I've honestly had a conversation with "the biggest Doctor Who fan" who has NO idea who William Hartnell was. 0_0

The current acceptance, for lack of a better work, of geek culture by the mainstream is a double edged sword. It's great because you can finally have civilised conversations with people about all this stuff, but it's bad because we get things like BBT and people who really have no knowledge on these subjects try to weigh in.

However, as a life-long comics reader I've seen characters evolve and change time after time. They always, ALWAYS come back to what made the character special in the first place. Spider-Man has had three major costume changes but he always comes back to the classic one. This Sonic Boom thing will go on for a while, but rest assured that at some point things will revert back to being closer to the Classic Sonic you love.
(Link to this comment) Turkish 2014-02-07 00:06
Yeah Sonic's played out. Why don't they give a shot to the other great series? Love to see a CGI Streets of Rage movie. What gives...?
(Link to this comment) chocklo 2014-02-07 15:39
or they could invest a little more effort in to finishing the Shemue Story.... I need to know what's so great about those mirrors or why me pops got knacked.
+1 (Link to this comment) ClassicGamer12 2014-02-08 03:22
Sonic Boom: Going to get it!
(Link to this comment) fierybirdything 2014-02-08 12:26
I was a little apprehensive at first, but now I'm somewhat interested. With the exception of Knuckles, the character designs aren't as radical as I thought they'd be (in fact, when I first saw them, I thought they'd just slapped a bunch of new accessories on the existing designs), plus I quite enjoyed the cartoon trailer, so I'll probably end up checking out the series when it starts.

Here's hoping the game ends up good, too.
(Link to this comment) Lord_Santa 2014-02-08 21:39
this made it a whole lot easier (for me) to relate to - oddly enough:



(although my previous points still stand)
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