New villain slithers into newly-titled Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

With Sonic is getting a conceptual overhaul for this year's Sonic Boom, it appears that Sega will similarly make some changes to the blue hedgehog's rogues gallery. As such, long-time villain Dr. Eggman will not be the new game's main antagonist, though he will be present. Instead, it'll be a giant snake creature called Lyric. With the slimy serpent taking center stage, the Wii U version of the new game will now go by the full title, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric.

The Sega blog describes Lyric 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."

While the Wii U version of the game will focus on stopping Lyric's evil machinations, the 3DS version of Sonic Boom (titled Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal) will place more of an emphasis on individual character development. In addition to playing as characters like Sticks, Shattered Crystal will focus more on platforming.

Both Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal are expected to release later this year on Wii U and 3DS, respectively.