SonicWiiUconceptartSega will debut Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, developed by Big Red Button for the Wii U, and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, developed by Sanzaru Games for the Nintendo 3DS, at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. The games will introduce new gameplay and the vilest villain in Sonic history: Lyric.

In both games, Sonic and his friends will work together to face Lyric, a giant snake-like creature from an ancient race. Gameplay will strongly focus on collaboration, making each of the team members’ roles elevated to capitalize each character’s unique talents and abilities. Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and Sticks will need to band together as a team to prevent Lyric from powering his army of robots and carrying out his plan to destroy the world.

Both games were created to take full advantage of the gameplay mechanics of their respective consoles. Sonic Boom: Rise of the Lyric will be the first Wii U game to incorporate Cryengine, a 3-D game technology from Cyrtek, and will exhibit visually enhanced lush environments and landscapes within the game.

Sonic Boom: Rise of the Lyric will challenge players with speed runs, and the heart of the game will focus on intense combat and brand-new abilities like the Enerbeam. This new feature gives players an energy-charged cord that can be used by characters to navigate the world, allowing them to swing or zip-line across gaps, explore alternate paths, grab and throw enemies, and take away shields in combat. Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal will focus more on platforming and puzzles. Players will be able to play as the new Sonic Boom character, Sticks, for the first time ever, who will play an integral role in the story.

Sonic Boom is a new branch of the Sonic Universe that will include a CG-animated TV series. The Sonic Boom video game storylines will be paralleled with the storylines and characters appearing in the show. In addition, master toy partner TOMY will anchor the global licensing and merchandising program for the brand.