Press release

9/17/2020

BE THE STAR OF THE SHOW IN BALAN WONDERWORLD – COMING MARCH 26, 2021

Pre-orders now available for new 3D Action Platformer from SQUARE ENIX and Sonic the Hedgehog Creators

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 17, 2020) – SQUARE ENIX® today confirmed a release date of March 26, 2021 for BALAN WONDERWORLD – the all-new action-platformer from the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog. BALAN WONDERWORLD will be playable on Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®5 console, PlayStation®4 console, Xbox One and Xbox Series X devices and PC (STEAM®).

Watch the BALAN WONDERWORLD Nintendo Direct Mini Trailer here: https://youtu.be/fWp6KQcYkgA

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 enemies or obstacles blocking pathways to the Air Cat costume that allows players to walk in mid-air for a certain amount of time.

The new trailer also showcases BALAN WONDERWORLD’s cooperative multiplayer feature. With this feature, two players can explore the game in local co-op, using creativity to overcome challenges by finding ideal combinations of costumes that work well together. Players can work independently, using the abilities of their respective costumes, or, if both players enter close proximity of one another, they can enjoy the “Joint Play” feature and use their costume abilities together at the same time.

BALAN WONDERWORLD is an all-new experience from renowned gaming industry talent 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 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 will be available for Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®5 console, PlayStation®4 console, Xbox One and Xbox Series X with support for Smart Delivery and PC (STEAM®) on March 26, 2021. This title is not yet rated by the ESRB. Pre-orders for current gen platforms are available now from the SQUARE ENIX store, next-gen will be added soon. For more information, visit: www.balanwonderworld.com.

Related Links:
BALAN WONDERWORLD Website: www.balanwonderworld.com
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SquareEnix
Official Twitter: @balanwworld
Official Instagram: @balanwonderworld
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About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix, Inc. is affiliated with a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal™. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 154 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 82 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 78 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
 
More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at https://square-enix-games.com.

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