Announced today by Square Enix.
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A short while ago today, Square Enix announced that a free demo will be released next week for Balan Wonderworld. This is the new action-platformer from the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog. Yeah, crazy stuff there, right?

The demo will be available starting January 28 and will allow players to experience roughly two hours of Balan Wonderworld gameplay. This is all being done ahead of the game's release on March 26. The demo will feature both solo gameplay in the single player mode or enjoyed via local co-op with friends and family. Though you probably shouldn't have any friends over yet because of, you know, the 'VID.

The demo will be out at midnight on the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. A PC release of the demo will be out at 5PM on January 28th. I do not know what time zone they are talking about for any of these times, so just check periodically throughout the day on the 28th.

This demo will shine a light on three out of the 12 magical worlds in Balan Wonderworld. Below you will be able to get a better sense of what these worlds are and what sections of which you will be able to play through in the demo.

World 1 – The Man Who Rages Against the Storm
Playable Areas: Act 1, Act 2, Boss Battle

World One is set in a beautiful farm, made up of rolling hills and giant crops. This mysterious world is woven from the memories inside Jose Gallard’s heart, a farmer whose beautiful cornfield is struck by a storm. The boss lurking in the depths of Jose’s world is Barktholomew, the embodiment of Jose’s despair after seeing his cornfield being destroyed.

Make use of a range of costumes to successfully complete this level, including the Jumping Jack costume that allows players to jump to places they just can’t quite reach and the Dainty Dragon costume that uses its fiery breath to clear obstacles in its path!

World 4 – The Boy Who Would be One with the Wind
Playable Areas: Act 1

World Four takes place in a fantastical setting born from the heart of Chang Haoyu and his love of the open sky, where bicycle parts and floating islands of all sizes are scattered through the sky.

Costumes in this world that could come in handy include the Soaring Sheep costume that can float away by puffing up its fluffy fleece, and the Aero Acrobat costume that can soar through the sky and aim kicks at balloons and enemies!

World 6 – The Girl and the Kitten
Playable Areas: Act 1

World Six follows the story of Cass Milligan, depicting the town where she meets a cute kitten. In this magical world built from Cass Milligan’s fond memories, candy pieces and books float in the air and there are mysterious buildings full of moving gears.

Costumes that will help players solve mysteries and perform powerful attacks include the Gear Prince costume that can spin switches with the gear on its stomach to operate machinery, and the Pumpkin Puncher costume that can shoot a rocket punch!

Players will also be granted access to the Isle of Tims – a base area and gateway to the three mysterious worlds. Here, players will meet the magical creatures called Tims; whose powerful abilities can help Leo and Emma as they explore each world and battle Negati! On the Isle of Tims, players can also harvest magical droplets from the colourful flower patches found around the island. These droplets can be fed to Tims in order to evolve their abilities.
BALAN WONDERWORLD is a wondrous action-platformer game themed around the mysterious Balan theatre; home to a mischievous maestro named Balan. The stars of the show will use special abilities from a multitude of characterful costumes as they adventure in the bizarre and imaginary land of Wonderworld. Here memories and vistas from the real-world mix with the things that people hold dear. Twelve different tales await our stars in Wonderworld, each with their own unique quirks. Players will explore all corners of these labyrinthine stages, battling Negati and playing mini-games that are hidden along the way, to get to the heart of each touching story.