Sonic’s back. But it’s not the Sonic were used to ringing about. Developers Red Button plan to take the franchise in a whole new directions with a new take on game play. But what the hell have they done to Knuckles?

The troubled video game legend and his supporting cast including Knuckles, Amy, and Tails have been re-designed to appear much taller and in Knuckles’ case much stockier. Hmm.

SEGA has also knocked out two new trailers.

One, which you can see below, announcing a brand new 52 episode TV show that’ll be coming soon to Cartoon Network, where Eggman and Sonic tackle causing Tales (who appears to have some new energy based ability) to crash his plane. The other showing the early game development trailer which you can see above that appears to keep the traditional platform format.

The new game, based on the new Sonic Boom franchise will launch on the Wii U and 3DS and development of the games will be developed by a pair of western studios.. According to SEGA the new look will bring a “fresh approach that will be at once both familiar and new” for Sonic and his supporting cast.

This would be the third and final game to come from the exclusive deal between SEGA and Nintendo which the company promise to make the most of the Wii U and 3DS hardware. The game will also follow suit with previous Sonic titles with speed at the forefront of gameplay mechanics, there’s also word of a new gameplay feature called “Enerbeam” that’ll let you explore the Sonic Boom universe in an entirely new way.

What do you think to Sonic’s new look? Does he really need a scarf? And what about Knuckles??

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