Just when you thought it was safe to start loving that blue blur once again, it looks like SEGA wants to test our faith once again, by announcing a new addition to the Sonic Boom franchise, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice. Plus SEGA has announced Sonic Central, a brand new Sonic the Hedgehog information app, arriving on both iOS and Android devices (scroll down to the press release to find out more).
Developed by Sanzaru Games, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is due for release this Summer (2015).
What’s surprising is that SEGA recently announced the Sonic Boom comic would be discontinued and the original Sonic Boom was widely criticised (to put it midly) when it was released last year – but it looks like SEGA still wants to persevere with this particular franchise of Sonic games.
I shouldn’t be so negative. Sonic still holds a place in my heart, but after I played the demo of Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal last year, I almost destroyed my 3DS in a fit of pure rage… and the 3DS Sonic Boom was considered to be the better of the two games (the other being the Wii U’s Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric).
But I know there will be a lot of Sonic fans out there who are excited for this! So without further ado… here’s the announcement press release and some sexy screens to go with it!
SEGA® UNVEILS LATEST CHAPTER IN SONIC BOOM™ FRANCHISE
SET TO RELEASE THIS HOLIDAY
Sonic Races To Nintendo 3DS™ In Sonic Boom™: Fire & Ice; SEGA also Announces Upcoming New Sonic The Hedgehog App
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – June 9th, 2015 – SEGA of America Inc. announced today that its iconic ‘blue blur,’ Sonic the Hedgehog, will be racing once again in Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice for Nintendo 3DS. The newest title will build off of the highly successful animated series on Cartoon Network, currently the #1 program on all TV among boys 6-11 and 9-14 in its time period, and serve as the latest chapter in the Sonic Boom™ franchise. The game will introduce more adventure, speed, exploration, and an all-new fire and ice gameplay element that will help propel the action. Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, featuring the triumphant return of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Sticks, will be available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS later this year.
Developed by Sanzaru Games, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is a single player game with collaborative gameplay components that shares key characters, events, and lore of the Sonic Boom universe. Players will see Sonic and his friends in familiar settings as they embark on a brand new adventure to battle Dr. Eggman as well as an all-new super villain, D-Fekt. The team’s adventures will bring them to locations both familiar and new as they explore, race and protect their world.
To create an entirely new experience, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice will infuse fire and ice elements throughout gameplay, enabling new abilities to play out in special character moves and interactions with environments. The new title also delivers gameplay that enables players to run through the game at top speed, or take their time with deeper exploration and puzzle play.
New to the title is the introduction of Bot Racing, a supplemental game tied to the single player story with multiplayer gameplay. The new Bot Racing feature is an extension of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice purely about racing and speed, where a user will unlock character themed Bots to challenge friends on fast courses or tracks.
“We really want this game to surprise and delight Sonic fans both new and old, and have created a unique, fun game that delivers,” said John Cheng, President and COO, SEGA of America. “By introducing unique elemental gameplay features like ice and fire, along with new speed and exploration gameplay, there is a lot to enjoy with Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice.”
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice for Nintendo 3DS will run alongside the top rated animated series on Cartoon Network, in addition to a national merchandising and promotional campaign. The Sonic Boom television series, co-produced by SEGA of America Inc. and OuiDO! Productions will continue to air new episodes throughout the year – and beyond!
This summer, the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise will be supported with the launch of Sonic Central, a brand new Sonic the Hedgehog information app, arriving on both iOS and Android devices. This one-stop-shop for all things Sonic will give fans exclusive art and wallpapers, character information, clips from the animated series, concept art, and games. Sonic Pix, a unique function within the app, will inspire fans creativity by allowing them to include Sonic and his friends in their photos.
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice for Nintendo 3DS will be available in stores throughout North America in Holiday 2015.
[Source: SEGA PR]