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New 3D Action Platformer from SQUARE ENIX and Sonic the Hedgehog Creators Coming March 26, 2021

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 20, 2020)SQUARE ENIX® has released the opening movie of BALAN WONDERWORLD -- the all-new action-platformer from the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog. The movie sets the stage for the game’s story as it features protagonists Leo Craig and Emma Cole entering a theater and meeting the mysterious maestro Balan, who draws them into the magical universe of Wonderworld. BALAN WONDERWORLD will be playable on PlayStation®5 console, PlayStation®4 console, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S with support for Smart Delivery, Nintendo Switch™ and PC (STEAM®).

Watch the Showtime! BALAN WONDERWORLD Opening Movie here:  

Players will explore the fantastical land of Wonderworld, guided by an enigmatic maestro named Balan. As they explore Wonderworld, players will jump, climb, fly, smash and more, discovering a multitude of unique areas and collecting over 80 unique costumes to assist on the journey. Each costume bestows its own special power, such as the Rail Runner outfit that lets players summon train tracks in certain areas to quickly traverse across long distances and obstacles.

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.  

This title is not yet rated by the ESRB. Pre-orders are available now from the SQUARE ENIX store. Those who purchase BALAN WONDERWORLD for PlayStation®4 will be able to upgrade it to PlayStation®5 for no additional cost, and those who purchase the Xbox One version can upgrade to Xbox Series X|S, for no additional cost. Please note that those who purchase the physical disc version of BALAN WONDERWORLD on PlayStation®4 must retain the disc and the upgrade will only work on a PlayStation®5 console with a disc drive. For more information, visit:

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