Sega recently announced the followup to Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, but it’s missing some key characters from the series.
Team Sonic Racing is exactly what it sounds like: a kart-racing game featuring characters from the Sonic universe. Unfortunately, other Sega all-stars will be sitting on the sidelines for this one.
That means a smaller roster for Team Sonic Racing, featuring 15 characters from the Sonic universe. These characters will fall into one of three character types: Speed, Technique, and Power. So far, Sega has only confirmed Sonic, Shadow, and Tails as playable characters, with Knuckles shown racing on the game’s cover art.
The game will feature online and offline multiplayer modes, with four-player split-screen and 12-player races online. Modes will include Grand Prix, Exhibition, Time-Trial, and Team Adventure, with a big emphasis on team play. Assisting your teammates will unlock a Team Ultimate, which sounds like it will give you a major advantage during a race. Additionally, there will be a single-player mode called Adventure Mode that is a “[u]nique story experience where players are introduced to basic game features and characters,” according to a press release.
Vehicles will feature both cosmetic and gameplay customization in the form of skins and (we’re guessing) kart parts, as well as 14 pickups called Wisps that players can unleash on their competitors during races.
It seems that vehicles will be limited to karts and other ground vehicles this time around, another shift from the previous Sonic-themed racing title.
Team Sonic Racing will launch winter 2018 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. We’re curious to see if each platform will get exclusive characters as with previous Sonic racing titles.