Despite Sega's Aaron Webber pouring a bucket of cold water over reports that Sumo Digital is working on a new Sonic & All-Stars racer, the rumours persist. We're now hearing that Sumo is indeed beavering away on a Sonic-themed speed-fest, but this time around it won't be pulling in characters from the wider Sega universe and will instead focus on Sonic and his pals - just like Sonic R and Sonic Drift, racing titles of old.

The evidence is a member on The Sonic Stadium forum who previously predicted that Sonic Forces would have a character editor - whether or not that's convincing enough for you is all down to personal preference.

If this is true, and Sumo is indeed creating a Sonic racer which ignores Sega's other games, it could be seen as something of a step down from the brilliance of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, which really celebrated the company's proud heritage by featuring properties such as Shinobi, Golden Axe, Alex Kidd, Afterburner, Skies of Arcadia and many others. However, as long as the game is of a high enough quality, the world of Sonic should be more than enough to ensure it reaches a wide audience - and let's face it, Sumo's work in this genre is excellent.

Let us know if you buy this particular rumour - and if you think Sumo really is working on something - by posting a comment below.