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Sonic Boom Producer Explains Recent Silence Over Project

Posted by Tim Latshaw

Expect a rush of new info at E3

Sonic Boom made a lot of noise when it was announced in February, but little more than a few peeps have been heard since. Producer Stephen Frost took to the forums of fansite Sonic Stadium to explain the drought in new information.

According to Frost, much of the radio silence has come from working alongside the schedules of other parts of the coming Sonic Boom franchise:

I’ve said it a few times in the past, but there were key reasons why we announced the Sonic Boom initiative when we did. Along with that, there are a lot of partners involved with Sonic Boom so we have to be mindful of their timelines and requirements for their respective fields. It’s not just about a game anymore… This is a large group effort so any announcements and information shared publicly needs to really be planned and organized carefully. We need to make sure that things we reveal don’t impact other parts and vice versa.

It would be foolish to keep a lid on things during E3, however, and it appears all lines have been aligned to open access to more information at that time. After then, Frost said, a more steady stream of communication should become available:

We still have a ways until the cartoon and game launch, as well as the new toy line, so we need to pace all the info appropriately. And it all starts as we head into E3. You’ll learn more, for sure, but not everything. And the reveal of new assets and info should be more frequent from that point on. But trust me when I say there is no lack of effort by anyone involved with Sonic Boom. This is, by far, the biggest united effort I have personally ever seen Sega be involved in. We want to share everything with everyone because we are so excited… We just can’t… Yet.

Frost asked for continued patience until June, but teased a few potential rewards for those who wait:

I'm working on screens and commenting on releases so stuff is coming. We will even have a bit of a surprise in there for you, as well as the first info and assets for the 3DS version. There is quite a bit of cool stuff ahead so hang in there.

The toyetic dealings surrounding Sonic Boom are not common to most game series, at least right from the beginning, and it will be interesting to see how everything may be planned to tie together. Are you eager to hear more rumblings about Sonic Boom? Let us know.

[via sonicstadium.org]

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User Comments (48)

midnafanboy

#2

midnafanboy said:

Im still thinking of not getting it but maybe the new info at the E3 might change my mind.

Tsurii897

#3

Tsurii897 said:

Really looking forward to it. Really liked, what I've seen so far (yes..even Knuckles :p)

devilwaffle

#4

devilwaffle said:

I hope those suprises include more character designs because they have to show up if there's gonna be a TV show, it'd be a waste to just have Eggman, sonic and co. and original characters. There needs to be old characters somewhere.

sketchturner

#5

sketchturner said:

I really hope this ends up being a great game. IMO, even the best 3D Sonic games were always dragged down by something (i.e., werehog in Unleashed, Wisps in Colors, slow stages in Adventure 2, etc.)

Swiket

#10

Swiket said:

That screenshot looks really ugly. It looks like a crappy CGI cartoon from the 2000s.

sugarshack

#14

sugarshack said:

@midnafanboy

why make a decision like that when barely anything has been shown? Premature thinking and foolish. I haven't played any sonic games since the genesis but from that trailer it seems to be far more diverse than anything I've seen from sonic games in the past 10 years.

AlexSora89

#15

AlexSora89 said:

You know a gaming site is awesome when people quote Freakazoid while writing previews. ;)

B3ND3R

#16

B3ND3R said:

I actually really enjoyed Lost World, hoping this one is fun too!! The people behind it are all awesome, so maybe we will get lucky!

Tops

#17

Tops said:

I wasn't really worried about the lack of info but it's good to hear...that we'll be hearing more(?) lol Can't wait for E3

ricklongo

#18

ricklongo said:

I want Sonic Boom to be an exploration-driven collect-a-thon 3D platformer, obviously using the trademarks of the series like speed for Sonic or flight for Tails. I did enjoy Lost World on the Wii U quite a bit more than most critics, but I'm expecting something a bit different here. Can't wait to hear more.

shonenjump86

#19

shonenjump86 said:

Didn't really care much for Sonic Boom when it was first announced in Feb. I doubt anything at E3 will change my mind.

Dinosaurs

#21

Dinosaurs said:

I'm excited to see more gameplay. Hoping Sega can renew Sonic for kids like Nick has done with TMNT.

Artwark

#23

Artwark said:

That e3 better be worth it with the 3DS version surprising me or else.......XD

OdnetninAges

#27

OdnetninAges said:

As one of the biggest Sonic and SEGA fans here on Nintendo Life, I have to say...

I'm not hyped for this game.

I was beyond hyped for Generations, hyped for SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed, hyped for Lost World (all hype well spent, I must add) ... But I'm just not feeling it here. The game looks good, and I am looking forward to it, but I'm just not that excited about it for some reason. And it's not like I have a problem with the designs or anything either... They all look fine to me, except for Knuckles'.

Hopefully, what they show off at E3 will change my mind.

MadAdam81

#28

MadAdam81 said:

@FilmerNgameR I would like to see a good all ages Sonic Game - hopefully Sonic Boom fits that bill. It also would be nice to see a good SOnic Game for the older fans, something like what you describe. it might be best if someone like Retro handles that though.

Action51

#29

Action51 said:

What worries me most is the big toy/tv-show tie-in.

Don't get me wrong, so far the game looks decent...and I'm not a big enough Sonic fan to notice anything wrong with the re-designs...but:

It's just my experience growing up as a kid who loves video games that most of these big crossovers between Japanese and American properties and marketing divisions end badly and don't manage to capture the imaginations of western kids while tarnishing the original property.

For example:
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Yai

#33

Yai said:

I'm still too scared of buffles and stick sonic to want this game... But if they reveal something good at E3 I will be more interested. I'm really hoping this game gets good gameplay!

AJWolfTill

#34

AJWolfTill said:

So stuff that is likely appearing in Nintendo's digital event for Wii U
Confirmed or logical

Smash Bros

Sonic Boom

Bayonetta 2

Monolith's X

Hyrule Warriors

NFC software

Other Likely appearances

New Zelda ? (confirmed we will hear some details but this could just be a splash screen/title)

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem? (Presumably this has been progressing and it seems like the right time to bring it back into the light)

Yarn Yoshi? (same as above)

Miyamoto's New IP (Tentatively suggested for a 2014 release in an interview awhile ago)

ICHIkatakuri

#35

ICHIkatakuri said:

@AJWolfTill totally with you on those predictions, hoping that there is a big suprise announcement of a returning ip too like fzero or star fox, but not holding my breath for it.

Mega719

#36

Mega719 said:

This gives better credibility to the E3 leak.So TLOZ Shard of Nightmare and Xenogears Origins may be real

Mega719

#37

Mega719 said:

@AJWolfTill the new Zelda is called Shard if Nightmare, X is Xenogears Origins, Yarn Yoshi and SMT X FE i don't think would be shown,and Iwata just said Miyamoto is working on several Wii U games that they would show at E3.

memoryman3

#38

memoryman3 said:

@AJWolfTill OMG HYRULE WARRIOR AND SONIC BOOOM AND NFC AND POKKEN SPINOFF AND NO THIRD PARTY REEL NAD HANDHELD HYBRID!

Who cares about Xenogears Origins, Watch_Dogs, and ZELDA SHARD OF NIGHTMARE. Wait? What? Castlevania Symphony of the Night II 3DS? FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE!

Viper9_QC

#40

Viper9_QC said:

Knuckles looks like a douchebag... I prefer the old style like Sonic Generations.

Cresartist

#41

Cresartist said:

The only part of Sonic Boom I'm enjoying so far is seeing the thousands upon thousands of rustled jimmies coming from Sonic fanboys.
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UnseatingKDawg

#43

UnseatingKDawg said:

People are still gonna find something to complain about. But I don't care. I've said it before, and I'll say it again:

I am so glad I have a Wii U to get this game.

MadAdam81

#45

MadAdam81 said:

@ICHIkatakuri While i don't care for F-Zero or Star Fox, and neither do a lot of non Wii U owners, Nintendo do need to make further installments of these, even if they are $20 or $30 download titles, as they do add a bit of variety and fill some gaps.

AJWolfTill

#46

AJWolfTill said:

@Mega719 @memoryman3
I kept my own personal hopes out of it, I was just trying to list what we have had some indication of. Nintendo will have at least a few new suprises, but whether or not they are pleasant suprises remains to be seen!
@ICHIkatakuri
I wouldn't put too much stock in that rumour to be honest.

Extremist

#47

Extremist said:

This is day-one purchase for me, no matter what! Gotta support the companies that support my beloved Wii U... ;)

Not much of a Sonic-fan but I got Sonic Lost World anyways. Hopefully Boom will have less "speed". I feel that's the thing that breaks most of the Sonic games - even though it's his signature. It just makes the 3D games... unplayable. You just feel lost in a pinball machine.

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