1st look at Uncharted creators' action-packed Sonic the Hedgehog redesign

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Feb 12, 2014, 5:19 PM EST

It sounds like 2014 could be a big year for Sonic the Hedgehog, as the SEGA videogame icon is getting a redesign courtesy of some of the folks who brought Nathan Drake to life.

The super-fast prince of videogame royalty is getting a reboot via some Naughty Dog ex-pats at Big Red Button. So, if that brown neck scarf looks familiar, it’s because a lot of this team actually helped make the hit Indiana Jones-esque Uncharted series. That patented style definitely bleeds through in the early trailer and concept art, and the entire gang gets a fresh look.

Dubbed Sonic Boom, the Western redesign of Sonic's classic team will be featured in a new videogame and CGI television series. The television series will debut across 53 11-minute episodes on Cartoon Network this fall. For those keeping count, this’ll make Sonic’s fifth animated series.

The videogame version is set to be one of the most unique projects in Sonic lore, as it will be the first “major” Sonic release to be developed by anyone other than the Japan-led Sonic Team. Unlike the typical locked-course design, this game will feature an open-ended sandbox level design that has been compared to Naughty Dog’s Jak and Daxter. The Sonic Boom line is expected to run in parallel to the regular Sonic line of games.

Check out the TV series concept trailer below, which looks like a whiz-bang approach, and let us know what you think:

Are you glad to hear that Sonic, Knuckles and the gang will be getting a brand-new look this year? Will this revitalize the franchise, or should they not mess with the classics?

(Via Bleeding Cool)