Sega has now released an official press pack regarding Sonic Boom, emphasizing that it's a "new branch of the Sonic universe" that will incorporate the TV show, the games on Wii U and 3DS as well as a new toy range. Below are some key excerpts from the press release:
Sonic Boom’s visual identity includes character designs inspired by the abilities and unique personalities of each of the characters while still maintaining the core identity and values of the Sonic brand. The rich worlds of the TV series and videogame will share a common narrative and a number of location and stylistic similarities reflecting full collaboration between videogame, TV series partners and SEGA from the outset.
...Serving as a prequel to the stories revealed in the TV series the Sonic Boom video game will deliver a totally different experience to previous Sonic games with collaborative gameplay at its core. Developed in the U.S by California based Big Red Button Entertainment (Wii U) and Sanzaru Games (Nintendo 3DS) in collaboration with Sonic Team, this is the third title to be released as part of an exclusive deal with Nintendo. Sonic Boom will take advantage of the innovative hardware of both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, with traditional elements of Sonic games, such as speed, also featured. The videogame 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.
...“We want to ensure that the Sonic brand continues to evolve and appeal to new generations of Sonic fans and this different look introduces a fresh approach that will be at once both familiar and new to consumers,” said John Cheng, President & COO, SEGA of America. “We are committed to supporting this initiative to provide great entertainment to fans for all aspects of their lives.”
A key point, to clear up confusion, is that Sega has clearly stated that these games do represent the third (and final) part of the Nintendo exclusivity deal announced last year. We have added game pages (with screenshots in the Wii U version), which you can access at the bottom of this article.
Last year Sega confirmed a new TV show called Sonic Boom, bringing its famous mascot back to TV screens. In recent days the company issued invitations to a media event focused on Sonic the Hedgehog, meanwhile, emphasizing that it would kick off 2014 as the Year of Sonic — we guess Luigi must step aside.
That event is underway, and the web is already going crazy with the revelations that are being leaked. For one thing Sonic, Tales, Knuckles and Amy all have new designs for the Sonic Boom show, pictured above, but in exciting news for Nintendo fans a game has also been confirmed for Wii U and 3DS.
The Wii U game is being developed by Big Red Button Entertainment, which — based on its website — is a recently formed studio of veteran developers including Bob Rafei, the very first employee of Naughty Dog. The 3DS version seems to be in the hands of Sanzaru, a studio in business since 2007 and perhaps best known for its recent PS3 / Vita title Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.
We have teams taking on Sonic for the first time as part of a new Sonic Boom reboot, so these could be exciting titles to follow. A French version of the reveal trailer for the game is below, which is clearly showing Wii U footage. We'll update when official details are released by Sega, but in the meantime let us know what you think.