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Sonic Boom unveiled by SEGA; updated characters across games, cartoons, and toys

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SEGA unveiled Sonic Boom today, showing off the new visual stylings of Sonic and friends in a new game, new cartoon series, and new toys set to hit shelves. The game is the third within the exclusive deal with Nintendo, and will be coming to the Wii U and 3DS.

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Focusing on collaborative gameplay, the Sonic Boom game will combine lead mechanics of both the Wii U and 3DS with traditional elements of Sonic games. In addition, the game will introduce exploration, combat, and a "Enerbeam tether mechanic" that allows the world to be discovered in different ways.

The game will serve as a prequel to the stories that will be coming in the first-ever Sonic CG animated television series. Big Red Button Entertainment is developing the game for the Wii U while Sanzaru Games is developing it for the 3DS.

Check out the reveal trailer for Sonic Boom above.

Sonic Boom's gameplay will not necessarily be the open world, but rather "wide-linear", SEGA's lead producer Steve Frost stated. There is a "critical path that we want to make sure every player can access and there is secondary paths as well." The focus was on keeping the tiered gameplay that Sonic is known for while making sure that gamers can advance through the critical path.

To dive away from technical speak, the best comparison would be Ratchet and Clank.

Sonic and all of his friends have been remodeled for this new global initiative, with Sonic now donning a neck scarf and having blue arms while Knuckles is the brawn and has grown in size and has fingers in order to be more expressive with his hands.

Tails takes on the role of gadget master and pilot of the team, equipped with a tool belt and aviator goggles, while Amy wields a large hammer she is not afraid of using while guiding the team with her knowledge of the world.

New toys from TOMY will roll out in conjunction with the animated series on the Cartoon Network, with plush toys, action figures, RC, role play, vehicles, and novelty toys among other collectibles.

Of the rollout of Sonic Boom, SEGA of America President and COO stated,

"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. We are committed to supporting this initiative to provide great entertainment to fans for all aspects of their lives."

No release date was set for the game, however with the animated series rolling out to the Cartoon Network between 2014 and 2015 and it being a prequel, we can expect it sooner rather than later. SEGA stated they will have more to share at E3 in June of 2014.

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