Balan Wonderland From Sonic, Nights Into Dreams Producer Gets Release Date And New Details
The next game from former Sonic Team Yuji Naka head launches next year for all platforms.
During Nintendo's Nintendo's Mini Direct showcase today where information about upcoming third-party titles was detailed, Nintendo revealed that Square Enix's Balan Wonderland launches on March 26, 2021 for Nintendo Switch, as well as PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X.
Developed by The Balan Company, a new action-game brand under the Square Enix umbrella, Balan Wonderland is a 3D platformer where you play as Emma and Leo, two friends who get transported to the fantastical world of Wonderland. Using abilities by donning costumes a la The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask or Super Mario Odyssey, the two team up to escape the mysterious world.
Each costume grants you access to a different kind of power. The Pumpkin Puncher, a Halloween-themed outfit, propels the fists to destroy giant blocks. Others, such as the Soaring Sheep outfit--which literally dresses you as an adorable sheep-person--lets you ride wind turbines to reach higher locations. There are over 80 costumes to find and collect, all of which help you collect hidden statues to progress to different stages. Balan Company also features bosses and local cooperative play. You can check out the official release date announcement trailer below.
Balan Wonderland--which looks a lot like the action game Nights Into Dreams--is being direct by Yuji Naka, the former head of Sonic Team and a programmer/producer on many entries in the series, including the 1991 original Sonic the Hedgehog. Naka also produced Nights Into Dreams. The designer of Phantasy Star and development producer of Hey! Pikmin, Naoto Ohshima, is an artist and character designer on Balan Wonderland.
The Mini Direct showcase packed a bevy of announcements for upcoming games, including the reveal of Monster Hunter Rise and Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. It also featured a few surprise releases, like Supergiant Game's Hades and Moon Studios' Ori and the Will of the Wisps, both of which will be available today.