The Developers Behind “Sonic Boom”

The Developers Behind “Sonic Boom”

by February 6, 2014

Sonic Boom gets a little X-treme

Years ago I helped open the flood gates to former developers of the long-canceled Sega Saturn game, Sonic X-treme. One such person was Christian Senn, who proceeded to provide pages upon pages of concept art, music and video from the once-forgotten game. For a time, he even housed proposed (and now abandoned) remake projects for the game on his forums at Senntient.com.

Today, the gaming world is buzzing over the news of the cartoon-plus-videogame, Sonic Boom. But there’s an unexpected connection hiding in the Wii U version of the game: according to his job profile at Zoominfo, Chris Senn now works at Big Red Button Entertainment, the same developers behind the console version of Sonic Boom. According to his job description, he’s working as a “Lead Level Implementer”, which probably isn’t too far off from some of the stuff he was doing back on Sonic X-treme. Zoominfo lists another 26 employees at Big Red Button, a relatively small number considering the hundreds companies like Ubisoft throw at triple-A releases like Assassins Creed. There’s no telling if that’s a correct number, however; nor is here any way to see who is filling those roles without paying Zoominfo’s access fee. The only solace is in Big Red Button’s Team page, which offers a look at the Co-Founder Bob Rafei and Technical Director Jeff Lander. If you’re like me and felt a little bit of Crash Bandicoot in that game trailer, one would assume you can blame it on Rafei’s status as an ex-Naughty-Dog.

Sanzaru Games, the developers behind the as-of-yet unseen 3DS version of Sonic Boom are a little more vague: their gameography involves Playstation ports, a poorly received minigame collection called Ninja Reflex, and a couple of hidden object games. Not exactly the most prodigious profile, though they have apparently won awards for their porting work. Depending on how much work needs to be done translating Sonic Boom from the Wii U to the 3DS, it could be an entirely serviceable version of the game.

There’s a lot of news to sift through today, folks. Stay tuned.