Sonic Boom was one of the worst games of last year, and one of the worst games in the Sonic franchises. In a year and a franchise full of terrible games, both of those manage to stand out as impressive feats indeed. Sega revealed later that the game had underperformed at retail too, leading to many to hope that that would be the end of that sorry saga.
It isn’t! Amazingly enough, today we got the announcement for a new Sonic Boom game! Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice has been announced as a follow up, although this one will be releasing exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. The title will continue off of the Cartoon Network series, which Sega notes is successful, and will continue the multiple misguided attempts to shoehorn new elements into the Sonic franchise.
“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,” Sega said. “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 that is purely about racing and speed, where a user will unlock character themed Bots to challenge friends on fast courses or tracks.”
Guys. Stop. Sonic Boom was a bust, give it up. At least try to make a new Sonic game that doesn’t stink of Boom’s failure. Hell, I’d take another Lost World at this point than another Sonic Boom.
Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice releases exclusively on Nintendo 3DS this Fall.