News this week: Sonic Boom announced, Titanfall delayed on the 360
Sonic the Hedgehog has a new look. Sega Corporation’s mascot has been given a makeover along with the announcement of a new video game titled Sonic Boom, last Thursday. Sonic’s new look includes a small brown scarf and slightly longer legs but he wasn’t he only one to get a new design. Knuckles, another character from the Sonic games, is now taller and buffer and Tails now wears a utility belt. Sega revealed that Sonic Boom will serve as a prequel to an upcoming TV series of the same name and revealed trailers for both the game and the TV show.
Sonic Boom is the third and final game in Sega’s exclusive deal with Nintendo, which includes Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games and Sonic Lost World. The game will use the CryEngine 3, used in the 2013 game Crysis 3. The trailer indicates that the game will focus on cooperative play for up to 4 players and according to Big Red Button Entertainment CEO Bob Raffei, it will feature “a very different Sonic, both in tone and art direction.”
Sonic Boom is being developed by Big Red Button Entertainment for the Wii U and Sanzaru games for the 3DS. Sega has not yet announced a release date for the game, though the TV series is scheduled to premiere in North America this fall. A trailer for the game can be seen below:
In other news, Titanfall has been delayed on the Xbox 360. Patrick Söderlund, Executive Vice President at EA Studios, revealed on EA’s blog Thursday that the release date for the Xbox 360 version of the upcoming first-person shooter has been pushed back to March 25. According to Söderlund, the two-week delay will allow Bluepoint Games “to put the finishing touches on the current-gen version of the game.” The Xbox One and PC releases, which are being developed by Respawn Entertainment, remain scheduled to release on March 11.