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

Dr. Eggman will take a backseat in Sonic's newest game, as a new villain arises in the 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.

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    June 2, 2014 3:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, New villain slithers into newly-titled Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric.

    Dr. Eggman will take a backseat in Sonic's newest game, as a new villain arises in the newly-titled Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric.

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      June 2, 2014 3:30 PM

      Games: Stop with the fucking subtitles already

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        June 2, 2014 4:47 PM

        It would be OK if it was honest. Something like:

        Sonic: Something horrible to give fans something to argue about.

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      June 2, 2014 5:18 PM

      Sonic Boom, but not a Guile in sight. This is just wrong.

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      June 2, 2014 5:35 PM

      Sonic Boom : Rise Of Lyric - Gameplay Footage Wii U

      Huh I wonder how this will turn out, they seem to be trying something totally new or trying to be a Super Mario 3D World but with as lot of new gameplay.

      Hmm we see more at E3 I guess.

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        June 2, 2014 5:54 PM

        It looks like Ratchet and Clank without guns

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          June 2, 2014 7:45 PM

          Totally which may not be a bad thing, we will see.

          It is really odd they just don't make Sonic Generations 2.

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            June 3, 2014 6:22 AM

            Not really. That was a one-and-done thing for Sonic's 20th Anniversary. It was really cool, but it wouldn't make sense to make that specific series a franchise.

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      June 2, 2014 11:38 PM

      Aww I miss the internal dev name for this, Complete Garbage

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      June 5, 2014 10:34 AM

      It is looking very much Sonic Boom will join Sonic Lost World in the pile of games that I will sure has hell not buy.

      Which is a huge shame especially for a guy like me who grew up with playing Sonic 2 and Sonic 3. Damn, Sega used to be so cool and great and look at them now...