SEGA has announced Sonic Boom, the latest Sonic The Hedgehog title currently in development for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

Developed by Californian studio Big Red Button Entertainment in collaboration with Sonic Team, Sonic Boom introduces a brand new look for Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy and promises to deliver a "totally different experience to previous Sonic games".

The game appears to have been built around the concept of co-op play and introduces a variety of new mechanics, including the a Enerbeam tether that will let players explore the world in "totally unique ways".

You can take a look at the Enerbeam - and the changes made to Sonic and friends - by clicking through to the first screens.

Alongside the new game, the Sonic Boom universe will also be supported by a brand new toy line and a 52 episode CG-animated TV series set after the events of the game. The series is set to debut on the US Cartoon Network during the 2014/2015 season, but for an early look at a 3 minute teaser, head through here.

"SEGA is constantly looking to feed the appetite of Sonic fans, new and existing alike," said Hiroyuki Miyazaki, SEGA's chief content officer for Sonic.

"The various pieces of the Sonic Boom project, such as its unique look, mix of comedy, and action and its focus on the whole ensemble with Sonic as the star, offer another exciting part of that universe for people to explore and enjoy. It will be at once familiar but also new."

Sonic Boom is Big Red Button's first game, having been formed in 2008 by ex-Naughty Dog veterans Bob Rafei and Dan Arey. Rafei previously worked on Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter and the Uncharted franchise.

The 3DS version, meanwhile, is being developed by Secret Agent Clank developer Sanzaru Games, although details about the handheld game have not yet been revealed.

A release date for Sonic Boom has yet to be announced, but for the first look at the game in action take a look at the vid below.


Source: SEGA Press Release

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