Sonic Boom Games Get New Titles
Sega has today announced new subtitles for the Sonic Boom games coming to Wii U and 3DS. The Wii U game will be titled Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, while the 3DS version will be called Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal.
The Wii U game’s title refers to the new villain, Lyric who is described as “a giant and monstrous snake-like creature from an ancient race. An extremely tech-savvy mastermind who uses a sophisticated robotic body of armor to carry out his own nefarious deeds, he is a formidable enemy and a force to be reckoned with.”
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is being developed by LA based Big Red Button and will be the first Wii U game to be powered by Crytek’s CRYENGINE. As well as the usual fast Sonic gameplay this game will feature intense combat and a new ability called the “Enerbeam”. This tool has multiple uses for both combat and exploration. It allows you to cross gaps by swinging or zip-lining and can be used to grab and throw enemies or remove their shields.
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal meanwhile has San Francisco based Sanzaru Games on development duties. It has a separate story but shares character’s and events from the Sonic Boom universe. It gives players their first chance to take control of new character, Sticks, as she attempts to rescue Amy who has been kidnapped by Lyric. The 3DS game features more traditional Sonic platforming gameplay in the vein of Sonic Rush. Players who own both games can unlock special content on the Wii U version by finding unique collectibles in the 3DS version.
Both games will be released in North America in November 2014 and will be playable at E3.