After the initial Walmart leak earlier this week, followed by the official announcement including a trailer, there’s been much buzz surrounding SEGA and Sumo Digital’s new game, Team Sonic Racing. With only a limited amount of information about the title currently available, fans were eager to find out more details about it during this week's live stream on the official Sonic the Hedgehog channel.
When queried about how long Team Sonic Racing had been in development, SEGA’s social media and PR team explained they had been holding their tongues for a long time and noted the game would be playable at the SEGA booth over the duration of this year's E3.
It was also clarified the game is not a sequel to Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, with the title including "very different" mechanics. The character roster was touched on as well when the team mentioned there would be more Sonic characters in this title than previous Sumo Digital racing games, with certain ones featured that haven’t been playable in a while.
To top it off, an answer regarding why Sonic even races in a car was provided – the reason being if he’s not in a car, the race would be over before it had begun. Cars are apparently used to level the playing field. So, there you go!
Are you excited about Team Sonic Racing? How do you feel about the fastest hedgehog driving a car? Let us know in the comments.
You guys are busy this weekend posting articles! A lot of people unfairly have a go about Nintendo Life effectively shutting down on Saturday and Sunday, so I hope they also notice.. Enjoy the rest of the weekend all.
Bummed it's not a Transformed sequel but I'll be happy if we got something better
Well said. People are always quicker to complain when they don't get what they want, than show thanks when they do. And it is funny how most people have jobs where they would be outraged to have to work on weekends, but they completely expect others to.
@Ooyah correct! For a long time, up until very recently, I worked weekends more often than not, including Sundays. Now I only work every other Saturday and it's lovely. I wouldn't begrudge anyone enjoying a weekend off.
I like the explanation of why they are in cars! Otherwise, the only way that anybody could beat Sonic would be if he wore metal shoes, or had his shoe laces tied together. Actually, the latter would be quite funny!
"If he’s not in a car, the race would be over before it had begun. Cars are apparently used to level the playing field."
They have been using this reason for most of the Sonic Racing games. I like it, and the games even more. Even though I am bummed that All-Star racing is no more, I am looking forward to a new fresh arcade racer.
Doesn't anyone think, y'know, maybe Sonic gets pretty exhausted from all the running and occasionally needs to take a breather? Maybe that's why he races in a car, you inconsiderate monsters.
@MartyFlanMJFan @Ooyah I don’t personally have any issues with NL taking the weekend off (or at least not posting over the weekend) but:
1. They’ve got a (modest) team of writers - it’s not a one man band. Managed correctly it’s not impossible for them to cover the whole week between them whilst still all having 2 days off a week.
2. Even if they all completely downed tools at the weekend they could still schedule content written at other times to go live at the weekend. Design a regular feature not dependent on fresh news (a “1 year ago game x was released this week - this is how we feel about it now” for instance). Or schedule a few interviews or indie reviews to be published at the weekend.
3. Other sites are active the week round. Like it or not NL is in competition with them. The work culture of those sites and the games journalism industry might be wrong but unfortunately it can’t be changed unilaterally by one site.
Absolutely. I have a 09:00 - 17:00 office job which is quite often actually 06:00 - 20:00, and I often work weekends too... and my company don't pay overtime, either. People can take weekends for granted!
I see what you mean, but you have to remember that we have no idea how much the NL staff are paid. We do know, though, that some contributors, such as @Shiryu, don't get paid at all, from what I understand.
I have been saying this for years. The reason Sonic has always been driving in a car is that he is supposed to be one of the fastest things alive. In Sonic All-Stars Racing its easy to say that Sonic would overlap all of the other characters cars while he was on foot. So putting Sonic in a car makes it a fair race for the other competitors.
Transformed was terrible so am hoping this might be a lot better
Never understood the Sonic in a car complaint. When I drive to the go kart track it’s in a vehicle that goes waaaay faster than a go kart, but that’s not the point is it??
@Ooyah of course. It can’t be the best rewarded job in the world (if it’s rewarded at all!) and I think overall the site is well run and offers a great service.
However you can sometimes do things more effectively without doing a lot more work. Sometimes there are even opportunities to do things more effectively whilst doing less work.
Like today we have weekend updates but they’re all by Liam. Will they be as well seen as they could be? I don’t personally check the site as much over the weekend because I’ve been trained not to bother.
@StuTwo case in point, NintendoEverything seems to be run by a single guy, who posted 20 articles in the last 24 hours. I much prefer the flavour and personality of the NLife writers, but the weekend drought (whilst 100% understandable) inevitably means readers turning elsewhere for their Nintendo News Hit over the weekend.
A well balanced reply, and I can certainly see what you mean. I guess that I am thinking... if the NL staff are not paid, then it makes sense that they are also engaged in paid employment at the same time. Even with the best will in the world, and even with smarter ways of working, that is still a tough scenario. Of course, that is mostly speculation on my part, as we just don't know how many (if any) NL staff are paid.
If this game is Sonic only, sega better put some Tracks based on the Games, Like a Marble Zone track (Really want that one)
So... Sega makes a racing game with characters that clearly do not need a clear to get around?
They should have just made this a sprinting game instead.
@N64SNESU wh...wha...!? D:
Transformed was amazing! It's easily my favourite kart racer not to feature Mario alongside Diddy Kong Racing. It's such a tightly designed racer with super satisfying powersliding, not to mention it being such a touching tribute to Sega's legacy
@Ooyah I’d be hugely surprised if NL were a completely amateur endeavour. It looks and feels like a professional outlet (much better than most) so if they’re all in it for nothing more than love then they’re doing an incredible job rather than just a good job.
When the criticism they’re fielding is “why are we not getting a regular flow of content from you at the weekend” and not “why do your articles feature embarrassingly elementary mistakes” then you’ve got to be pretty happy (even if things could be better still).
Spot on. It is sad when people criticise the site for lack of content... they're people, not robots, and I know that many (myself included) consider this the best Nintendo news site around.
"If he’s not in a car, the race would be over before it had begun. Cars are apparently used to level the playing field."
Then how come most of Sonic's friends and even Amy are able to keep with Sonic? didn't seen a issue for Sonic R, the Sonic Rival games, Sonic Adventure 2's 2 player race mode, or even the recent sonic forces speed battle where Big can win a race against Sonic, not to mention even all the Avatars that Sonic has never met can also keep up with him boosting and such.
So I call bull on this reason. STOP COPYING MARIO KART!!
@Jazzem I loved DIDDY KONG racing but sonic transformed was too buggy and frame rate was terrible on 3ds and Wii U, too choppy. Sumo never released any patches either
I really liked Transformed, I think it will be a shame not to be able to fly around an aircraft carrier! I think that helped differentiate it from Mario Kart...which will always be pretty stiff competition if this presents itself as another kart game...Mario Kart 8 is pretty much perfect (or would be without the Blue Shell...grr!)
Not interested with Sonic racing games.
I prefer Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with Sonic costume for my Mii.
ill see what this is all about. I really like the idea of this game. And, as @SVA said, if they make a lot or most of the tracks based on the levels from previous games (and not only the whale jumping out of the water destroying the track like that sonic adventure level) then I'll be very interested. Otherwise I've never played a sonic racing game but I feel like I would really like it. So let's see what you've got, Sega!
This will be a nice diversion until Nintendo unveil Mario kart 9.
Bad explanation for using cars. What about Sonic R? They race on foot in that game and the race isn't over before it starts.
@Ooyah idk, Sonic was pretty slow in Sonic Labyrinth when Eggman stole his shoes.
I really hope this game turns out to be solid, I need a Kart racer on my Switch that isn't Mario Kart and seeing as this game is being released at a budget 40 bucks this could be the one for me. I was disappointed with them removing characters from Sega's other franchises at first but now that I think about it I would likely only use the Sonic characters anyway.
@Ooyah I really don't get it, this is just a gaming site so it's not like we need the latest news 24/7
@MartyFlanMJFan Tis the season of E3 after all, when a leak or announcement could break at any moment....
Just waiting for Sakura Wars on Switch announcement...
as mentioned by @MartyFlanMJFan
Thanks NL!... weekend work has been noticed. I usually need to update/check the servers everyday (including weekends) - and NL is something to do while I wait online.
Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Curry God.
That's the one I'm waiting for. Although Disgaea and God Wars is a good start.
@Ooyah 'Contributors' (listed on the staff page) don't get paid, everyone above them does. It's incredible that Shiryu doesn't get paid, as he's easily in the top 3 writers on this site. However, the 'editor' still has more typos in his articles than a junior writer...
Limiting the roster to Sonic characters doesn't sound like the best idea as most of them are terrible. That aside this looks to have potential, especially as the Switch doesn't have it's own Mario Kart (I love 8 but already had a lot of mileage out of it on Wii U) and I'm intrigued by the team mechanics
Kinda bummed it's not a equals to All-Stars Transformed, but if it's as good, I don't mind. Coincidentally, or intentionally if you want to put on your tinfoil hats, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Transformed is free if you have Xbox Gold right now.
although im absolutely not a sonic fan, the sonic racers on the xbox 360 was realy fun to play. also one of the few xbox racing games that had 60FPS.
hmm if this is Xbox One X enhanced and has HDR i'll have to skip the Switch version.
I find it funny how they have to clarify the Sonic in a car thing every single time.
@JaxonH god wars is tons of fun on the go. Great fit for the Switch.
Is there a reason sonic uses a car? He's supposed to be quite fast if I recall correctly.
For those of you who had a bad experience with Transformed on Wii U, it's a pity you didn't get a chance to play it on a more powerful device. The game is fantastic and if it were on Switch's eShop, I'd buy it again straight away.
Gosh, who cares about a fictional reason why Sonic needs to drive a car. Sega's making a racing game, so of course they're going to put their popular characters in it. Why does Bowser participate in Mario Kart as though he's a good sport? Who cares, it's a game.
The fact that they're saying the new game is different to Transformed has me a bit worried though. The last thing I want is a traditional racing game without items or neat gimmicks.
I'd rather play Mario Kart.
@MartyFlanMJFan They always post articles on every weekend. I never check it out at all on the weekends but on Monday morning like right now there are always articles that i haven't read.
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