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Sonic Boom won’t release in Japan, Sonic Team working on its own game

Friday, 7 February 2014 11:44 GMT By Dave Cook

Sonic Boom was announced by western developer Big Red Button yesterday. It’s a sort-of reboot aimed at audiences here in the west, but that doesn’t mean Sonic Team is taking things easy. It’s got its own Sonic game in the works.

Did you miss the Sonic Boom reveal trailer, redesigned characters and details? Hit the link, friends.

If we have to make an educated guess, we’d say that Sonic Team’s unannounced title is the same game listed here for PS4, Xbox One and Wii U.

If true, that means it’s not coming until 2015, which makes sense seeing as 2014 is Sonic Boom’s year.

But what do you think? Discuss below.

Via Polygon & IGN.

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8 Comments

  1. Ireland Michael

    Is this some sort of joke?

    What the hell did they do to Knuckles?!

    #1 1 year ago
  2. stockops3

    Jesus its not that bad. Lets hope this doesnt turn into another DMC Dante bitch, least he LOOKS like Knuckles, as usual people can’t handle change.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHpdgHTINik

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Legendaryboss

    @Ireland Michael Steroids confirmed!

    I don’t why but there is a Ratchet & Clank All 4 One vibe in the trailer.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    @2 I love change. I’m the first person to champion games taking new approaches.

    I just think the designs are horrible and stupid looking.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. thegrimmling

    @Legendaryboss a Ratchet & Clank feel was my first call on this game too.

    The only way they can make knuckles worse is giving him an offensive Jamaican accent .

    #5 1 year ago
  6. TheWulf

    I’m fond of the redesigns.

    One of the problems with Sonic since its inception is that the characters have looked like corporate mascots, something that Mario suffers from as well, and it leaves them feeling flat and characterless.

    I don’t think this really matters for Mario because the series was never so character focused, gameplay mattered more instead, and that’s fine. I think that the Sonic Universe always had more flavour than that, though, as was shown in other characters. For example, Robotnik’s reboot in Sonic Adventure was actually a good change.

    If anything, I’m slightly disappointed that Robotnik has reverted a bit, but I do like his goggles. The main cast, however? Pretty great!

    The game has this Wild West feel to it, that they’re stranded in this huge place with all of its ancient ruins and mysterious technologies. It reminds me of Wild ARMS 3, to a degree, which is a game I remember most for its aesthetics. It was fairly typical as MMOs go, but the setting and the way they handled the visual design of it was very memorable.

    This is also very typical of Naughty Dog, who seem to enjoy settings which are rough around the edges. A number of the old Jak & Daxter guys are actually working on this, if I recall correctly. So it does have a more rough around the edges feel to it.

    I also like that the characters represent themselves, now. Knuckles looks like a bruiser rather than a spritely pretty-boy, Sonic looks like a speedy desperado, Tails looks like a wild-haired gadgeteer/mechanic, and Amy actually seems respectable to boot. Amy’s redesign is one of my favourites, and I was amused that there was one point in the trailer where–due to this new Amy being acrobatically inclined–everyone drops on their backs after a fall except her.

    It seems that Amy might actually have a mind of her own, now, and she might prove to be a valid foil to Sonic’s recklessness.

    I think it’s a change for the better. To me it feels like they’re finally starting to come out of their cocoons, they’re escaping the lifeless husks of their old, overly corporate bodies, and blossoming into something far, far better. Kids are sensitive to this stuff, too, and they prefer a good character rather than a corporate figure. This is why Skylanders made an effort to give its characters a number of visually unique changes.

    I’d like to have seen them drop the gloves on at least some of the characters, too, but you can’t have it all. At least now they don’t look quite so corporate mascot with the approach to them, since gloves were a big thing on corporate mascots. They all had them. (See: Mario.)

    These gloves at least look less like that, though. Less puffy. And Tails… wow, Tails actually has medic gloves.

    It sounds like Big Red Button wanted to go even further with their redesigns, but SEGA reigned them in. I would have trusted them all the way based upon these designs, to be honest. I like it. It has that characterful, rough-around-the-edges charm that Naughty Dog games were known for. I’m glad that they’re still alive, and still producing games like that, somehow.

    And it’s good to see that Sonic is no longer a corporate drone. I really, really dig this Sonic. I mean, I even like him in the cartoon.

    And that’s saying something. Because aside from Robotnik, I hated Sonic X.

    So… yeah. Thumbs way, way up! If the 3DS version is lacking, this actually might be a system seller for me, and I may end up getting a Wii-U as well. I do hope that the 3DS version at least mostly lives up to this, though.

    Best thing to happen to Sonic in decades, in my opinion.

    @1

    Oh, shush. Just because he’s not a corporate mascot any more…

    @2

    I know, right? This drives me crazy. People have this fetishistic attachment to the status quo and the familiar, and they can’t stand any kind of evolution or change. It’s sad that most of the human species actually appears to be like that…

    We’re never going to become anything like Iain Banks’ Culture if we don’t pull our socks up. It genuinely seems like only five per cent of the human species is progressive, and 95 per cent of it is like this big slug butt we drag along behind us, slowly introducing change to them because they’re not self aware or inquisitive enough to adopt it by themselves.

    This is why publishers are selling realism, of late, because people are boring and have absolutely no imagination. It’s also, conversely, why I cling to developers like Double Fine who’re providing me with imagination.

    This is actually imaginative compared to prior Sonic inceptions.

    And people hate it, because it’s imaginative.

    #slugbutt

    @4

    I’ve actually never seen that from you. If I had, I might have more respect, because we’d be on the same page. However, many are delusional and believe this to be true about themselves whilst maintaining the sttaus quo and favouring things to remain the way they are, unquestioned, whilst actually claiming the opposite.

    That’s my beef with many games, these days, is that they’re homogeneous by their very nature, and lacking in character. My complaint about Thief, for example, is that it’s just a Dishonored clone instead of just being its own thing. That disappoints me. As I said, I’d even be happier with the reboot if they had a different ethnicity as their lead character as opposed to just doing the usual videogame thing and having an Aryan character have the leading role. That’s just about the same as everything else.

    Same for BioShock Infinite, it’s a beautiful thing which is turned into a soulless shooter just to uphold the status quo and appease the masses. I feel that BioShock Infinite deserved to play more like Myst or The Wolf Among Us, where the intrigue could be slowly revealed, where you could lose yourself in the setting. But no. It has to be a shooter. Status quo.

    And yet I never see you complain about things like this. So whilst you may believe you’re progressive, I’ve never witnessed it.

    And have you questioned yourself as to why you think they’re “horrible and stupid looking?” Do you actually have reasons to believe as you do? I’ve provided why I like them. So why do you dislike them? At least they represent a greater degree of visual variety, instead of just being homogenised corporate mascots, who’re all almost identical aside from some minor differences in their features.

    I dug this as soon as I saw it. I honestly can’t understand why anyone who’s actually a fan of the IP wouldn’t.

    So, yeah. Not buying it. Sorry. You seem about as progressive in your thought about as much as I love neo-luddism.

    @5

    The only way they can make knuckles worse is giving him an offensive Jamaican accent.

    The only way. They can make Knuckles worse. Is to give him a different ethnicity.

    Yeah.

    My work here is done.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. TheWulf

    Er. Fairly typical as JRPGs go, mechanically, regarding Wild ARMS 3. Though very different aesthetically. Also forgot to include a video link to it. So I’ll do that!

    It’s really very interesting compared to the usual JRPG. I love that setting. I wish there’d been more of it.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. TheWulf

    I miss the edit feature. But yeah, Wild ARMS 3 has me reminiscing, now. It’s sort of like Ghibli in how it dared to be different. There’s a lot of homogenising in Japanese media, too, but every now and then you actually do have something that dares to be a bit different.

    Probably the same reason I was a shameless One Piece fan, for a while, despite that I don’t very often go in for animes like that.

    I like seeing people trying something different, something a bit clever and unusual. That’s what I see Sonic Boom as. And I’ll embrace that change until I’m shown that it’s bad, but it really isn’t always. Not every change is for the worse, and I think that this is going to be a historically important game for the series. If it’s successful, SEGA might allow their characters to become even more characterful than that, turning away from corporate mascots completely.

    And I’m now thinking of how much I want these designs in Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing as designs I can buy. I understand why Knuckles would be difficult (due to the change in body size), but the others really shouldn’t be. Then again, maybe they could just give them entirely new vehicles as DLC. I would very much buy that DLC.

    It’s an exciting time, honestly. I think so, anyway. I’m glad to see SEGA changing. Maybe it’ll lead the other old dinosaur (Nintendo) to evolve before it dies, too.

    #8 1 year ago

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    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]