SEGA Previews Sonic Boom Games

SEGA of America will unleash an all-new Sonic the Hedgehog at E3 in Los Angeles, Calif., next week with the debut of two new video games for the brand.

“Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric,” exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U system, and “Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal,” exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system, will introduce new gameplay and a new character, Sticks, to the franchise.

In both games, Sonic and his friends will face their most powerful enemy yet, Lyric–a giant snake-like creature from an ancient race.

Both games are crafted to take advantage of the unique gameplay mechanics of their respective consoles, and each features its own unique storyline.

The new games are part of Sonic Boom, a new branch of the Sonic universe that, in addition to gaming, will include a CG-animated TV series as well as a robust merchandising program anchored by master toy partner Tomy.

Unlike previous Sonic adventures, the Sonic Boom video games will operate in harmony with the TV series, with many feature storylines and characters appearing in both formats. 

“This is a new Sonic, with gameplay built on action-adventure and collaborative play. They are unlike any previous games featuring the iconic blue blur,” says Hiroyuki Miyazaki, chief content officer, Sonic brand, SEGA of America. “We are looking forward to our first hands-on showcase at E3 for fans old and new alike to experience the exploration, combat and new moves for the entire team.”

The new games are being developed by Big Red Button and Sanzaru Games and will be available in North America in November.

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