So what is BALAN WONDERWORLD exactly?

An entirely new action-platformer from the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog has been announced. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
By Duncan Heaney

So that BALAN WONDERWORLD trailer was quite something, huh?

On the off-chance you missed it, you can watch it here:

Director Yuji Naka and Character Designer, Naoto Ohshima - the original creators of Sonic the Hedgehog. The duo have reunited for the first time in 20 years to create an action-platformer that’s weird, wonderful and entirely new: BALAN WONDERWORLD.

The involvements of the Blue Blur’s original parents is probably enough to get some of you excited, but perhaps you’d like to know a little more about what the game.

Okay then.


You take the roles of Leo and Emma - two heroes who enter a mysterious theatre and find themselves in the whimsical and bizarre land of Wonderworld.

But things are not as they should be in this unusual land - people’s hearts and minds are out of balance. Led by a maestro named Balan, the duo sets out to navigate this unpredictable land and restore happiness to its inhabitants.

What do you do in BALAN WONDERWORLD?

As they run, jump and explore Wonderworld, Leo and Emma will be confronted with numerous obstacles and enemies that block their path or threaten a premature end to their escapades

Fortunately, the heroes know how to dress to impress. You’ll be able to discover more than 80 costumes, from spiders, to octopuses, to fire hydrants. Not only do these change up their physical appearance, they also imbue the duo with new abilities that are as fantastic and imaginative as the world itself.

For example, depending on the outfit, our heroes will be able to bash enemies, walk in the air, freeze time, and manipulate all kinds of objects. That’s really only the tip of a very big iceberg - but a lot of the joy is in discovery, so we don’t want to give too much away.


This is the first title from BALAN COMPANY - which was created to bring talented videogame developers, visual artists, and composers together to tell the interesting stories and build world-class platformers.

With Yuji Naka directing the game, and Naoto Ohshima on-board as Character Designer, they’ve definitely got the world-class bit covered. What’s more, this is the first time that the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog have collaborated in 20 years, which only makes the project more exciting.

What platforms is BALAN WONDERWORLD releasing for?

You’ll be able to play BALAN WONDERWORLD on both current and next-gen consoles, as well as PC.

Specifically, the game will release for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Steam.

We’ll have much more to share about the game in the future, so check out the official site, and make sure to follow on social media to get the news first!