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February 6, 2014

Sonic Boom Officially Announced

This was the heat of today.

SEGA officially announced Sonic Boom - the game and the television series. The announcement came as a meteor threatening the long-standing series and its fans. It looked like a potential reboot of the series, which has been under plenty of scrutiny for the last several years.

So far, the [potential side] series' premise simply revolves around the main Sonic squad: Sonic, Tails, [a bulky] Knuckles, and Amy. Their nemesis is the one-and-only Dr. Eggman, who continues to threaten the fearsome foursome with his endless army of robots and mechanical creations.

While the television series, which SEGA of America will co-produce with OuiDO! Productions, aimed at children, is set for the last quarter of this year on Cartoon Network in the United States, the video game, which will be Nintendo-exclusive, will be planned to be released next year. The video game will acts as the prequel to the television series.

While all of this is a long time away, the burning question among us longtime fans is whether or not this will be a reboot. As one who, growing up, was once a fan of the original Spyro the Dragon series, though my interest for the series already dwindled at the time as I began to favor the Sonic the Hedgehog series, the series' reboot into the more dramatic The Legend of Spyro series and in turn, the surprisingly successful and fun Skylanders series were two, almost lethal shots to my childhood. With "reboot" written all over this one, it seems so far, until then, I, along with some of you varied longtime fans, will be on the receiving end of a larger gunshot.

By saying that, however, I do not intend to say that I will be moving on from the series from this point. Sonic Boom looks great, and I hope it will attract new, younger, up-and-coming fans to this series with its fun, full-of-attitude cast of characters - an aspect that, I believe, a significant number of the older, longtime fans truly recognize.

However, I found myself another burning question, and the question is one that suggests that a light at the end of the tunnel still exists.

Sonic Boom, the video game, is under the care of California-based Big Red Button Entertainment for the Wii U version and Sanzaru games for the Nintendo 3DS version. Sonic Team is only collaborating with the two developers.

Additionally, for a series such as Spyro the Dragon, the original developers simply dumped the series. For the original Spyro the Dragon's case, Insomniac Games dumped the feisty dragon out of lack of ideas and started Ratchet and Clank.

Here, Sonic Team is still in the picture. For Sonic Boom, Sonic Team is simply collaborating with the two developers on the game. Sonic Boom, as I mentioned, is a joint effort between SEGA of America and OuiDO! Productions for another approach of the series.

So, what happened to Sonic Team? What's next on their agenda?

They're the final arbiter of the series, so let's see how things play out in Japan as time passes.

Be on the lookout for what comes from Japan.

Click here for more official details from SEGA International.

Update: I've been hearing and reading plenty of words that the final arbiter from Japan, notably Iizuka, are considering this to be separate from the main series. Essentially, Sonic Team appears to relay that Sonic Boom is more or less of an alternate canon. Additionally, I've been hearing and reading that this is catered to the Western audiences and everyone outside of Japan, and Japan will not get any taste of it, or they will not get it anytime soon. As one who follows the series as it comes out of Japan than here in the United States, that is a relief on my part. Of course, nothing lasts forever, and things change over time. Let's still look out for what comes from Japan.

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