The new Sonic the Hedgehog game, Sonic Boom, will be for both Wii U and 3DS, but what we have not known until now is that the games will have two separate titles. Sega announced on their blog today that the Wii U version is called Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, and the 3DS version is named Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal.
The villain is Lyric, a "tech-savvy mastermind who uses a sophisticated robotic body of armor to carry out his own nefarious deeds". His plan is to use a robot army to take over the world (no surprise there), and it will take the combined talents of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and Sticks to defeat him.
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is an action-adventure genre platformer based on exploration and collaborative play. The unique abilities of each character are put to use in the adventure aspect of the game. A combat system now takes a more prominent role, with combos and new abilities, including the EnerBeam gimmick. Enerbeam is an energy-charged cord that can be used by characters to navigate the world like never before. Players will be able to swing or zip-line across gaps, explore alternate paths, grab and throw enemies and take away their shields in combat.
"Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is a puzzle platformer that takes place in the Sonic Boom universe, but includes exclusive environments, characters, and gameplay. The game is not a sequel or prequel, but rather a standalone adventure sharing the same universe as its Wii U counterpart. Amy is not playable, as she has been kidnapped by the villain Lyric, but Sticks replaces her as a character exclusive to this version. Additionally, unique collectibles featured in the Nintendo 3DS version will unlock special content on Wii U via Wi-Fi connectivity.
YouTube channel GameXplain was granted early access to the E3 demos of both versions of the game, which has now been shared with us today. The videos speak for themselves, so instead of hearing us ramble on and on about them, you can watch for yourself. Also, the video confirms that the games will release in November this year. Mark your calendars!
EDIT: GameXplain made the videos private, but a working version is still uploaded to Youtube.