Following the reveal of Balan Wonderworld at the pre-show of the Xbox Game Showcase, Square Enix released an extended video introducing its world, characters, and creators.
We get to hear from Sonic and Nights co-creators Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima on top of a few more members of the development team while they show off a lot of work-in-progress assets of the game on top of gameplay and more.
Of course, they also talk extensively about the philosophy and design of Balan Wonderworld.
You can check out the video below.
If you’d like to hear more, here’s an official description directly from the press release.
“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.”
Balan Wonderworld is coming to basically every platform with a chip and a screen (PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC) in spring 2021. It’ll support Smart Delivery on Xbox platforms.