Gameloft's free-to-play racing game Disney Speedstorm has already been compared to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe numerous times. With its character-focused racing and themed tracks, it was inevitable — especially on the Switch! But, in an interview with Nintendo Everything, the developer is keen to set out what makes this title stand out from Nintendo's juggernaut kart racer.
While Mario Kart 8 has different types of karts, stats, and even racer weights, Disney Speedstorm will have four different classes. When asked about what makes this game "stand out", Gameloft Barcelona's game manager — Aska Suzuki — put forward this unique element first:
"In Disney Speedstorm, characters aren’t just broken up by general types. We’ve given them one of four classes: Speedster, Brawler, Trickster, and Defender to support the strong combat racing element to this game. Boost management is really important, and each class builds extra boost in different ways, such as a brawler gaining more boost through stunning other racers, or a speedster gaining extra boost by going across boost pads. This provides the opportunity for very strategic racing if players wish to race that way."
The class doesn't just change how the character races, but it also affects how you get extra boosts, which adds an extra layer of strategy to the game! It sounds like a really interesting difference, especially with the focus on "combat" and confrontation. So we'll be racing against all of our least-favourite Disney characters so we can justify ramming into them on the race track, then!
But that's not the only unique element. Suzuki went on to explain what other differences classes bring to the table:
"Additionally, individual characters don’t just have special abilities, but they are pre-loaded with specific power-ups, so a trickster character will be more inclined to get items that negatively impact other racers, or a defender might get more defensive items. On top of that, each power-up can be charged in order to perform a different action! More than any other racing game I can think of, character choice in Disney Speedstorm is closer to picking a character in a MOBA game."
This element of the game is similar to Mario Kart Double Dash!!, but instead of just having unique abilities, they're also more likely to get items that fit their playstyles. What items and skills these are, we don't know yet, but it looks like character selection will be going beyond simply picking your favourite Disney and Pixar character.
Of course, Disney Speedstorm is a live service game with seasonal content, and Suzuki outlined a few things that will be added to the game once it's out:
"...players will have access to regular new content via updates and season passes. New Disney and Pixar racers will be added regularly to Disney Speedstorm, bringing special skills for you to master (or overcome) and unique tracks to pump fresh strategy into the mix. Support crew characters, environments, customization options, and collectibles will also drop in regularly, so there’s always more to experience."
This is certainly something that sets the game apart from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which many might be worried about. However, despite there being special events and Season Passes, Suzuki reiterated that "all characters can be unlocked through gameplay", while also finding items to help level up their chosen character.
There will be specific events focused on a single Disney or Pixar film, or other ones focused on certain characters. So Gameloft is planning to go all out on the game.
Disney Speedstorm is due out sometime this summer. We'll let you know as soon as we have an official release date. Have you decided on whether you'll be downloading the game? Do you think the combat racing elements will make this one stand out? Let us know down below!
Competition is healthy. In the late 90s we had Diddy Kong Racing and Crash Team Racing alongside Mario Kart 64, which I like to think forced Nintendo to innovate and come up with the beloved (by some at least, including me) Double Dash. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is amazing but a strong challenger would be good to keep Nintendo on their toes. I'd like to think this is it, but the cynic/realist suspects this will be another Chocobo Racing.
Oh its distinct from Mario Kart alright !
Still sounds good to me.
It feels like this'll turn out just like Chocobo GP where "season passes" are actually battle passes and all focus is on the microtransactions.
@Grumblevolcano What is the difference between a season pass and a battle pass in your eyes?
This is 100% a battle pass that their will be multiple of over the years all broken into specific seasons, hence the name season pass.
It'll certainly be funny if this free-to-play title is less predatory than Chocobo was as a full price title. I really don;t mind the season pass model as long as I am rewarded handsomely for completing the season pass and get the next season pass for "free" ala Apex Legends and Fortnite.
For the price of free, I'll try it. A Disney racer sounds great, and if I can't get over some microtransaction nonsense then it will go the way of Chocobo GP, and be deleted from my Switch.
The last time I played a combat racing game was Jak X Combat Racing on PS2... and that was in 2015 because when the game launched in 2005 I didn't have a PS2 or knew anyone who had that game. Jak X had a really good handling for the vehicles but what I especially enjoyed was the fact that every button did something. It was certainly more complex than your average kart racer. I miss the time when Naughty Dog's fourth entry in any series was a racing game. Still waiting for Unkarted and The Last of Karts.
Goofy main and it's not even out yet
So like Sonic Rider's SPEED, FLY, AND POWER type? 🤔
@Kiz3000 Season pass is a way to purchase multiple waves of normal DLC in advance. For example buying the Booster Course Pass gives you access to 6 DLC waves which are gradually rolled out between March 2022 and the end of 2023. This is how DLC usually was for multiplayer games in the PS3/360 era.
Battle pass however is purchasing the ability to earn unlockables (usually cosmetics). Buying the battle pass doesn't guarantee you get the contents of the pass, you have to unlock the contents via completing challenges in game and the vast majority of the time there's a time limit (if you don't complete the battle pass in time you lose the chance to get the unlocks you didn't unlock).
Some games handle battle passes better than others but the old season pass approach is a lot better than any battle pass approach.
It's already distinct enough by being F2P garbage ¯(ツ)/¯
There's just no way a company like Disney is abstaining from using predatory monetisation.
@Grumblevolcano Good points. I had forgotten about the time exclusive aspect of a battle pass.
But yes this game will for sure be battle passes and not a traditional season pass.
I think Halo Infinite is the only game that had battle passes that carried on even if you didn't complete the challenges before the next battle pass came out. That's what we need more of.
I was looking forward to this one back when Chocobo GP became a $60-to-start game. Say what you will about free to play or free to start but Chocobo GP is crazy charging $60 for how that game is played.
I am worried now though. Ask anyone on August 1st "When is summer coming?" and they'll be like "Coming?!?! It's August 1st, summer is half over!!!" Yet they keep saying the game is coming this summer? It's August 1st, it's been summer for awhile now, and we still don't even have a date? Game is obviously unplayable.
Too much time trying "not to be MK", not enough time trying to be a good game I'm afraid. This may be good in summer 2023 when they eventually figure it out, but not this summer.
This game seems like a mixture of Asphalt 9, Mario Kart and Sonic Racing Transformed to me, which is exactly the type of racer I could go for.
Distinct from Mario Kart, because nobody wants to play the obvious pay to win cashgrab trash that this game is.
@rjejr I did the closed beta and the game was very much playable. The only errors I encountered were crashes from the menu, and given the sorry state of my cheap computer, I can hardly blame the game for that. I am confused by the lack of a solid date too, but the game as it was in June runs well and is solid and fun. I guess it's possible they're having trouble with porting it to Switch, but the Switch runs games better than my PC, so I kinda doubt it.
like many, want to try this hoping it'll be good. also worry about the transactions, but if they're like Asphalt 9 not as much worry. yeah they may help initially but over time not so much. been playing A9 since it released on Switch & have gotten a majority of the cars across the classes unlocked with most of them fully upgraded without paying anything.
Isn't Mario kart like, the king of "combat racing"?
mk8 is very good, could and should be so much better, and this is going to be worse.
just give mk8 the flexibility of smash, and call it "Mario Kart Ultimate." im talking configurable rules, game modes, and weapons. perfect game.
this disney game is pointless, and the day it comes out is the last day most of us ever think of or hear about it ever again.
Sounds like fancy talk for "gacha system that only gives you garbage unless you pay."
Also, I'm surprised characters from Cars haven't been introduced yet. Seems like a wasted opportunity.
Rocket League = Free. Not pay to win
Multiversus = Free. Not pay to win
Brawlhalla = Free. Not pay to win
Love this kind of game, because you always have so many people to play online! And the most important is the community. The community makes a game in this case!
I don ´t know about this game, but in Multiversus (Smash Bros kind of game) my level 1 characters win against 17...19 levels oponents online. I have one level 17 character and today i lost to a level 2 player.
But...let´s see this racing game first!
@Rykdrew Rocket League was not even free. In 2017 you had to pay money to buy the physical or digital version. It only got change to free in 2020 cause the game got so popular and more contents to offered.
@Serpenterror This is true. And the fact that it's free today didn't make the game worse. From 25 million players, today it has 100 million! Online just got better!
"Free to play" and "Gameloft" is all I need to know I should avoid this thing. If I wanted predatory microtransactions pushed on me every 2 minutes, I'd play Chocobo GP.
@Mz3player Does your Switch really run online multiplayer games better than your PC? On my PC I can download about 3GB per minute on Steam, on my Switch it takes 40 minutes to download a 1GB Fortnite update. I find Fortnite nearly unplayable on Switch, it's a slideshow at times and the graphics are very N64 PS2 quality.
But mostly I just find it hard to believe that a game due out any day now is functional if it doesn't even have a date. Maybe they are arguing with Nintendo if you need to pay for NO or not to play online? Fortnite doesn't require NO but I can't recall if they've mentioned if this requires it or not?🤷
@Nintendo_Thumb wow terrible experience! Not like Multiversus! Now i´m worried about this game!
@Grumblevolcano txh for info. That enlighten me.
The "combat racing" they mention just makes me think of Jak X
Ah...so you wanna be different from Mario Kart with a bigger emphasis on "combat racing" aye? I see, i see, so you wanna be like Jak X Combat Racing then?
Or like Team Sonic Racing with the different classes?
I mean I'm curious about this game but...ya can't use Mario Kart as your only example anymore nowadays.
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