Man, Sonic Lost World was kind of terrible, wasn't it? It was obvious that Sega missed something in its quest to make Super Sonic Galaxy and ended up moving away from the mostly excellent Sonic Generations. For its next outing, Sega is completely reinventing Sonic again, but in more ways than one.
Starting this year, Sega will be bringing Sonic back to television with a new TV series for Cartoon Network called Sonic Boom. Here's Sega's official statement on the series:
The Sonic Boom television series, 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 an ensemble comedy consisting of 52 x 11-minute standalone episodes packed full of high-adrenaline action. Every episode starts from a small character-driven story and explodes into an epic tale of saving the world, robot battles and more.
For this new series, all of the characters will be receiving brand new designs:
For a better look at the TV series, here's a trailer:
Sega is going all in on this Sonic Boom business in 2014 by making a video game based on the TV series. It's set before the events of the television series and features four playable characters - Sonic, Knuckles, Tails and Amy. They feature the same character designs that you see above.
As for the game itself, it will be developed by Sonic Team and the guys at Red Button Entertainment. Red Button is comprised of ex-Naughty Dog staff that worked on Jak and Daxter so they definitely have experience in crafting platformers. It also happens to be the third game in Sega's exclusive deal with Nintendo so the game will only be available on the Wii U and 3DS. Here's the first trailer complete with Skrillex - because that's what the kids like these days, right?
Images via Sega Blog