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Interview: Sonic Team and Sumo Digital Racing to pole position this Winter

At Remoteplay we are huge fans of the SEGA All Star Racing franchise so was extremely excited to hear SEGA and Sumo Digital were hard at work on another karting game. This time the All stars have been left at home and Sonic takes the lead with a colourful cast of  characters from his universe.

We had a chance to talk with a member of the Development team on what we can expect from Sumo Digitals return to the genre this fall.

When did the development process start on Team Sonic Racing and how did it come about?

Team Sonic Racing development started 2.5 years ago, with the idea of making a Sonic Universe racing game that incorporated online and multiplayer elements. Working with Sumo Digital just made sense, since there was a long history between SEGA and Sumo Digital releasing great All-Star titles, including the well-received Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing series.

What was the thinking behind having the new game based on Team Racing and not making Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing 3?

We here at Sonic Team are all about Sonic the Hedgehog, and we always strive to bring something new to the games we deliver, so when the idea to partner with Sumo Digital on this title came up, we thought about how we could take that proven racing experience and build upon it with a new style of racing that would exist in the Sonic Universe. We applied some of the iconic teams from the past to the racing title and build out an experience that is both new and familiar, while staying true to the Sonic Universe.

In addition, Takashi Iizuka put an added emphasis on creating the team mechanics that live within the game because he wanted to create a game that he could enjoy with his children, who at one time, may not have been as skilled at racing. By racing and winning as a team, he was able to promote teamwork and allow people of all skill levels to play together.

Can you explain to our readers about the game mechanics and how you win, because it’s not simply not just racing to the finish line first correct? There are other ways to win the race.

That’s right! In Team Sonic Racing, you play as a team and win as a team. All three drivers work together to contribute to a combined score which can be raised using various tag teaming moves including assisting your teammates or knocking out opponents. The highest scoring team wins. Even if you come in first, if you don’t support your team and they come in last, you will not win. Conversely, you can support your team to help them finish in the top while disrupting your rivals and still win even if you come in last place.

Could you tell us how many tracks, locations and characters we can expect at launch? And if there are any plans to support the game with new characters or track DLC plans post launch?

In total, there will be 15 playable characters and 21 tracks across seven worlds in Team Sonic Racing.

Regarding DLC, currently we have no plans for post launch content.

Is 4 player split screen included this time?

Yes, we will have 4 player split screen available in the game!

Have you had an opportunity to take advantage of the PlayStation Pro or Xbox One X, with perhaps higher resolutions and framerates?

We’re still developing the game, so final statistics about resolutions and frame-rates are not available currently.

Can we expect any guest characters outside the Sonic Universe?

There are currently no plans for any guest characters outside of the Sonic Universe to appear in Team Sonic Racing.

Will the game have micro transactions that can affect gameplay?

Currently, there are no plans to have micro-transactions within Team Sonic Racing.

Will any of the original composers return for Team Sonic Racing?

Yes! We shared a sample of the new Team Sonic Racing theme song in our E3 trailer which
features music by Crush 40. Make sure to check it out, here! Additionally, Jun Senoue is collaborating with a number of artists on the music for the game.

How has feedback been from people going hands on with game and has any change’s been made based on that feedback?

We’re still fine-tuning TSR and a part of that process has been gathering consumer feedback through play testing to help us deliver against expectations

Can we expect and special editions, collectors’ editions or even exclusive platform characters this time around?

We have not yet released those details, so stay tuned for future announcements.

When can we expect a release date?

Team Sonic Racing will be coming out this Winter. We’ll be sharing more updates in the coming months.

Anything else you would like to share regarding Team Sonic Racing?

Team Sonic Racing is packed full of an unparalleled variety of things to do and modes to explore. We’re extremely excited to introduce new team mechanics to the racing genre, allowing fans to race in a fresh new way! Be sure to keep up with the latest news by following Sonic on Twitter and Instagram, like him on Facebook, and subscribe to the Twitch channel and the YouTube channel.

We’d like to thank SEGA Europe, Sonic Team and Sumo Digital for their time and look forward to going hands on in the very near future. Stay tuned to Remoteplay for more.

Team Sonic Racing will be available this Winter on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.

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