Earlier this year, Square Enix announced they would serve as publisher for Balan Wonderworld, a new action-platformer game helmed by former Sonic the Hedgehog development team members including director Yuji Naka (Sonic the Hedgehog Franchise Creator, Sonic Team Co-Founder) and Character Designer, Naoto Ohshima (Sonic the Hedgehog, Doctor Eggman, Sonic Team Co-Founder). The game marks the first time in 20 years that Naka-san and Ohshima-san have collaborated together.
As players explore the fantastical land of Wonderworld, they’ll be guided by an enigmatic maestro named Balan, who will help players restore balance to the world by clearing Wonderworld of Negati, physical manifestations of worry and other negative emotions. To accomplish this, players will jump, climb, fly, smash, and more, as they explore a multitude of unique areas, collecting over 80 unique costumes to assist on the journey. Each costume bestows its own special power, from the Pumpkin Puncher outfit that lets players smash through obstacles blocking pathways to the Air Cat costume that allows players to walk in mid-air for a certain amount of time.
Each of the game’s chapters will feature a different themed world, including different hazards and approaches required to complete them. Square Enix in recent days has shared a new trailer and screenshot batches focusing on three additional Chapters – titled Chapter 4: The Boy Who Would be One with the Wind, Chapter 5: The Lady Filled with Avian Adoration and Chapter 6: The Girl and the Kitten. You can see the preview screenshots by clicking below!