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Sega Unleashes Sonic Boom Behind The Scenes Video

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

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Sega prompted an internet meltdown in early February when it announced Sonic Boom — a new branch of the Sonic universe that'll feature a TV show, toy range and, most excitingly, games exclusive to the Wii U and 3DS. Though the portable version of the game from respected developer Sanzaru Games is something to look forward to, there's little doubt that it's the Wii U title from Big Red Button — a studio with pedigree but making its début — that's capturing the imagination the most.

Now that the dust has settled on the initial buzz, Sega has released a "behind the scenes" video that looks at both the game and the CG TV series. The first half is focused on the game, with various key team members including Big Red Button's Bob Rafei talking about Sonic's heritage and the new project, while there are a few snippets of additional footage and concept art. It's emphasized that this title will see a return for Sonic to the adventure genre, as opposed to an action focus, while teamwork and co-op is highlighted as vital to the experience. Some of the footage undoubtedly looks very promising.

As for the TV show, naturally that'll excite fans too. That segment shows some clips from the cartoon and the voice actors in action, with Sega confirming the following cast members — including the continuation of Roger Craig Smith as Sonic:

  • Sonic — Roger Craig Smith
  • Dr Eggman — Mike Pollock
  • Tails — Colleen Villard
  • Knuckles — Travis Willingham
  • Amy — Cindy Robinson
  • Orbot — Kirk Thornton
  • Cubot — Wally Wingert
  • Voice Director — Jack Fletcher

Check out the video below and let us know what you think. Are you excited about Sonic Boom's arrival later this year?

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User Comments (65)

OdnetninAges

#2

OdnetninAges said:

Huh. Thought for sure that Tails was voiced by Kate Higgins. It sure sounded like her in the Sonic Boom trailers. At least, it did to me.

Knuckles

#3

Knuckles said:

Thank goodness SEGA didn't repeat the 06 design of Egg4Brains. Although the cape is a nice touch to the earlier Sonic Movie, it is still an awful eggman design.

yamipuff

#4

yamipuff said:

When the women who plays Tails said the line "We will be crushed!" that just put me off wanting to hear the voice acting... It's like they just rush through it all. Not very good.

Emblem

#6

Emblem said:

Screw what everyone says this show and game look fantastic so far.

Funny_Moblin

#7

Funny_Moblin said:

Holy crap, I am really pissed now. Every Youtube video I see has audio, but a black screen? Help please?

Captain_Toad

#8

Captain_Toad said:

LOL they're keeping minnie mouse Amy.

Both the game and the show has a lotta promise. Please let it be good.

Chabbox

#9

Chabbox said:

This seems pretty good actually!
Adding Chao World would make me cry with happiness...

rjejr

#10

rjejr said:

Well I'm excited for the game. Sonic Adventure is my favorite Sonic game and the Ratchet and Clank series pretty much stands alone so this has plenty of potential. I won't get my hopes up as it seems too good to be true but at worst it's an ok co-op game for the kids and I. R&C:A4O 2.

Volmun

#11

Volmun said:

Seeing that has actualy reasured me on this (i was looking forward to it befor but was a bit unsure) im happy now to be excited lol

unrandomsam

#12

unrandomsam said:

Story focused usually means the game is no good.

Game focused with a good story is a better thing.

BearClaus

#13

BearClaus said:

The presence of the word "unleashes" in the headline is only making me more excited.

kamifox1

#15

kamifox1 said:

I'm probably an idiot for allowing myself to get so hyped but, I CAN'T WAIT! (as if it wasn't obvious by my avatar. :p)

sinalefa

#17

sinalefa said:

Nice video. I did not know how Takashi Iizuka looked like, and it is cool to see the voice actors doing their thing. And I actually dig that Eggman design.

Radbot42

#18

Radbot42 said:

Sonic's voice actor is smoking hot! Surprised how much older he is from everyone else though.

OracleOfTruth

#19

OracleOfTruth said:

This Eggman design retains the whimsy of his original look while making him look more physically imposing, like his SatAm appearance. I like it.

This concept is shaping up very nicely. I'd hop on the hype train, but I think I could get there faster if I ran. ;)

JaxonH

#20

JaxonH said:

I love it. I know this may be counting chickens before they hatch, but with a few X-ray images at least. This looks good, and I'm stoked! Sonic was my game as a kid, and I'll always have a soft spot for the Sonic franchise. This one particularly looks like it's going to be pretty popular, which can only mean good things for Nintendo and the Wii U. Certainly can't hurt, that's for sure.

AyeHaley

#21

AyeHaley said:

It looks pretty cool! But so did Lost World. Though I must admit I prefer Sonic adventure games..so..er..bring it on!

SMW

#22

SMW said:

Good to hear that Knuckles will sound the same. Eggman sounds good too.

Wait, Orbot and Cubot are in this too? Why?!

GN004Nadleeh

#23

GN004Nadleeh said:

i like the new look and would really like to get back to a sonic adventure like playing field and the cartoon could be fun

Blue_Yoshi

#25

Blue_Yoshi said:

I love how they at least tried to have the new actors replicate the older ones. I hated Sonic's VA in Colors.

bizcuthammer

#26

bizcuthammer said:

I think it all looks promising. I hope it's awesome, but i'm cautiously optimistic at this point. I've been burned by Sonic too many times, with Lost World being the most recent disappointment.

LightSuitGuy

#27

LightSuitGuy said:

So much great stuff! To say I'm excited would be an understatement!

Its cool to actually see the VAs at work; especially the always-great Mike Pollock. If you weren't on the hype-train before, this should definitely put you on the fence! How many times has Sonic been given a new game, TV show, and a related line of merchandise all at once?

MuchoMochi

#30

MuchoMochi said:

Is dubstep really that popular now? I remember when this crap started in the 90's. Was a mediocre genre then, it's a mediocre genre now.

Despite that, I really think this game will be a redemption for Sega. The cartoon animation is looking impressive as well, and the game is looking awesome. All I hope is that Knuckles can still glide now that he is so huge :p

ultraraichu

#31

ultraraichu said:

I feel like the only person in the world who didn't like the first sonic game when it came out. Sonic 2 was the one that got me hooked to the franchise. Can't wait to see the cartoon, seems like my cup of joe.

TySoN_F

#33

TySoN_F said:

Ahh the Sonic fanboy in me just can't stop being excited for this. The show is shaping up nicely and the game even moreso in my opinion (though I wish Amy's VA would make her sound less Minnie Mouse-ish). Other than that, a great vid and just gets me even more pumped!

KarateKid1234

#34

KarateKid1234 said:

Even though I flipped out after seeing Tails having a new voice actor, I heard the new voice and it's awesome. Very.

...well, at least i can stop bugging out that mizore from rosario + vampire and tails have the same voice actors.

FilmerNgameR

#35

FilmerNgameR said:

Seriously Roger is still doing Sonic's voice! I couldn't stand hearing his annoying high pitched voice in Sonic LAst Worlsz! At least Eggman and Tails sound legit. Sonic Boom is looking very good btw!

FilmerNgameR

#36

FilmerNgameR said:

Hopefully Lizuka works on Sonic Adventure 3 for next year he's the one who came up with the idea of Sonic Generations according from his interview from The History of Sonic The Hedgehog book and that game was a huge step in the right direction so why not create SA3 with Sonic Generations game play please. We don't need another freakin' Lost Worldsz.

Birthday_Boy

#38

Birthday_Boy said:

@HyperSonicEXE Amy's ruined? By making her look less weak? By making her a useful character? By letting her fight?
Amy is in no way ruined. She now sounds like an actual character instead of some Sonic Stalker.

HyperSonicEXE

#39

HyperSonicEXE said:

@Kyloctopus
It's not that, now they're going to make her the SILLY BOYS-type girl that always gets annoyed and is condescending or derisive.
That's how, and I quote, "strong, independent" female characters wind up in these kinds of narratives. It's already started - she lands on her feet from that fall while STK land on their faces.

WitchSugoi

#40

WitchSugoi said:

Oh sweet they got Roy Mustang to voice Knuckles, his lines were cracking me up. :D

Dare I say... this actually looks kind of good now? Well... at least the story and characters but since Sonic Team is playing second fiddle and idk anything about these RedButton guys the actual game has a chance to be good too.

Squid

#42

Squid said:

Well, it's looking good so far. Say what you want about the character designs but you have to admit that is some pretty darn fantastic concept art, especially the environments. The voice acting is okay, not that I plan on watching the show much, but that Mike Roddick, bless his voice. Although, did Knux seriously say that his delicious whipped cream would shoot out... The writing seems like it could definitely use some work, despite what they say the humor seems rather juvenile still. But the game looks good.

Kosmo

#45

Kosmo said:

Darn, I was pumped up for the games, but now I want the series too!

Nintonic

#50

Nintonic said:

I still miss Jason Griffith, that would make me throw out all of my complaints...

AlexSora89

#51

AlexSora89 said:

Wait, is--is that screenshot showing a level inspired by the Sonic Generations version of Sky Sanctuary?! COUNT ME IN!

DanteSolablood

#53

DanteSolablood said:

Looking awesome!! While I'm a little sad they they're not incorporating the SATam Sonic universe into the storyline it does look like they've pinched bits & pieces from different places. The new self-confident Amy Rose looks & sounds a bit like the UK Sonic the Comic version who was a massive fan favourite and was a really strong character in her own right.

My only gripe is that there still seems to be a lot of work to do, they mentioned that Sonic was a game all about "character", but that Tails animation when he's flying looks like he's dead! All glazed over eyes & arms hanging lifeless in front of him. A bit more work please??

Happy with the voice cast, while people can criticise Pollock for his Eggman, he has played the role long enough to just feel right.

AlexSora89

#54

AlexSora89 said:

[watches video]
BOB RAFEI
I'M SOOOOOOOOOOOLD

Also, @ZeroZX_Dev - a "story-based Sonic game" might well be akin to the excellent Adventure games, especially the second one.

Captain_Toad

#55

Captain_Toad said:

@Player4 Even though Bioware made the game, they tried put on a paper mario combat style with an elite beat agents style but made it a restrictive to a point where if you miss a single command, the move fails even on healing spells. The music was complete TRASH (well besides most of the battle themes). And was left on a cliffhanger. More info is on here -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYB8nGP_HtE (A bit long and a bit sensitive language warning.)

kamifox1

#56

kamifox1 said:

I don't get why there's STILL hate towards Lost World... It's an excellent 3D platformer. My only complaints are the way the story kinda just drops off at the end and the fact the 3DS versions special zones only use the gyro, both of which are relatively minor.
Oh and before I get the "It's a Mario Galaxy clone" rubbish, it isn't. It's actually closer to Sonic Xtreme, a cancelled Sonic game that was supposed to be on the Saturn, just with a different perspective. The story is also almost identical to one of the concepts for Xtreme, only difference is the 6 mysterious creatures came from the Master Emerald cough Chaos cough but we all know how things change during development.

Captain_Toad

#57

Captain_Toad said:

@kamifox1 Heh, My biggest pet peeve is how fast the Deadly six get defeated easily and anticlimactically in the boss fights and the final boss... well lets just say that i hope you finished this game before sonic colors. Though I do plan to pick it up on a sale.

kamifox1

#58

kamifox1 said:

@Captain_Toad I beat Colours first, long before Lost World was even announced and I fully enjoyed both games.

On a side note and off-topic: OMG TAMAMA! 8O (I'm a massive Keroro Gunso/Sgt. Frog fan).

Player4

#60

Player4 said:

@Captain_Toad @ZeroZX_Dev Okay, I'll give you that. The music was meh and the gameplay was tedious sometimes, just like Captain_Toad said.
I also understand the disappointment. It was a Sonic RPG many fans awaited and the fact that it was made by Bioware is more exciting.

The cliffhanger is also really annoying, there was supposed to be a sequel but since EA bought them it's unlikely

Still I think it was a good (not great) game, but I was 10 and a HUGE Sonic fan. So my opinion may be a bit biased. :p

I do hope there will be a sequel, a Sonic RPG done right is one of the things I want for the 3DS (or any other system)

JimLad

#64

JimLad said:

How do they keep getting me hyped for each game??
I told myself never again, but here we are...

GreatPlayer

#65

GreatPlayer said:

It looks like an entirely 3D game like Sonic Heros... I wish that this new game will be like Sonic Lost World.

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