Based on the the television series of the same name, the games follow Sonic the Hedgehog and his buddies Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, and new character Sticks the Jungle Badger, as they do battle against the nefarious schemes of Doctor Eggman.
Both are part of a sub-universe for the Sonic franchise which will span games, a TV show and a line of toys. The games will serve as a prequel to the computer-animated TV series that will air on Cartoon Network in 52 11-minute slots.
In Rise of Lyric, Sonic and his friends attempt to stop the evil Lyric new, “vile and formidable” villain that uses robots to carry out his evil deeds from raising his robot army and taking over the world. The world divided into at least three main gameplay styles: speedy platforming stages similar to Sonic Generations, exploration stages, and boss battles.
Shattered Crystal sees Amy kidnapped by Lyric, forcing Sonic and company to rescue her. This game is a 2D platformer in the style of the early Sega Genesis titles, with elements of puzzle-solving, but with larger stages than the Genesis games’.
Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles are playable in both games, while Amy and Sticks are exclusively playable in the Wii U and 3DS versions respectively. Each character has their own unique abilities and gameplay mechanics. Sonic can use his speed and homing attacks, Tails can fly and use various gadgets, Knuckles can burrow underground and climb on walls, Amy can use her hammer to swing on poles, and Sticks can throw a boomerang that can be controlled mid-flight.
Each character also possesses a whip-like weapon called the EnerBeam, which allows them to perform numerous actions like hanging from speeding rails, removing enemy shields, and solving puzzles. There is also a focus on collaboration, with player’s switching control between multiple characters and using their abilities to progress.
The Wii U version of the game will support local co-operative multiplayer for two players, with additional modes for up to four players locally. Story elements and level design will differ between the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game.
Both games will release alongside each other in November.
Check it out the trailers for both games below and screenshots in the gallery.