‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Co-Creators Reveal New 3-D Platformer ‘ Balan Wonderworld’

by Antonia Haynes

One of the announcements from the Xbox Showcase today was a game that looks set to bring the 3-D action platforming genre back to the forefront of gaming: Balan Wonderworld.

Balan Wonderworld– developed by Balan Company and published by Square Enix- follows characters Leo and Emma as they a pursue a clown by the name of Balan through the fantastical land of Wonderworld. Wonderworld mixes imagination and reality and in the trailer it is described as “a place that you visit when you come to a turning point in life.”

The team behind this new title is looking increasingly interesting. Yuji Naka and Naoto Oshima are the lead designers on Balan Wonderworld  and the are well known for co creating the iconic ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ as well as for their 1996 Sega Saturn title Nights into Dreams. These two obviously work brilliantly together and it will be great to see where they take this game. Balan Wonderworld looks vibrant, quirky, unique and- most importantly- a lot of fun!

Balan Wonderworld is set for an early 2021 release. Check out the trailer and press release below.

LOS ANGELES (July 23, 2020) – SQUARE ENIX today welcomed gamers around the globe to peek behind the curtain at the wonderous and spectacular Balan Wonderworld – an all-new action-platformer from the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog, the global blockbuster video game franchise.  The family-friendly platformer will jump on to current and next-generation consoles and PC in the Spring of 2021.

Entering a whimsical and bizarre land through a mysterious theatre, players will take on the role of Leo and Emma as they embark on an adventure like no other. Led by an enigmatic maestro named Balan, they must navigate through Wonderworld to restore happiness and balance the hearts and minds of all they encounter here.   

Players will discover over 80 extraordinary costumes along their journey through a variety of unique environments within Wonderworld. The costumes change Leo’s and Emma’s appearances, granting them a wide array of fantastical powers to overcome obstacles that lay in their path and discover exciting new ways to play. The possibilities are endless as you bash your enemies, walk in the air, freeze time, and manipulate all kinds of objects with the costumes you collect!

Balan Wonderworld is an all-new experience from renowned gaming industry talent including Director, Yuji Naka (Sonic the Hedgehog Franchise Creator, Team Sonic Co-Founder), and Character Designer, Naoto Ohshima (Sonic the Hedgehog, Doctor Eggman, Team Sonic Co-Founder). The game marks Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima’s first collaboration in 20 years and is the first game from the newly established BALAN COMPANY gaming brand. BALAN COMPANY brings together talented video game developers, visual artists, and composers to tell the greatest stories and provide the ultimate platformer experiences.  

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