Update: SEGA released a brand-new Team Sonic Racing gameplay trailer during E3 2018. Watch below!
With the blue blur becoming synonymous with SEGA since he first grabbed a gold ring in 1991, Sonic the Hedgehog took SEGA to great success in the 16-bit era of the 1990s. The company's mascot is now ready to take on a new challenge and make a move to the next generation of consoles.
Coming later this year, SEGA promises "the best elements of arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing with nostalgic characters and environments from across the Sonic Universe." For those already itching to get behind the wheel and see Sonic back at his speedy best, SEGA has also shared a trailer for the game.
Teased back in March, developers are finally ready to let fans see under the hood of the latest Sonic entry. Alongside the spikey hero, fan-favorite characters like Tails and Knuckles will all play a part. Competing solo or with up to 12 players online, racers will work in teams of three characters and can pick from an impressive array of 15 famous Sonic faces.
Customization will be key as players battle to make their kart the best around. As well as this, power-ups based on the alien Wisps introduced in Sonic Colors will be equally important for blowing opponents off the tracks. Instead of the selfish "winner takes it all" gameplay of Mario Kart, Team Sonic Racing demands that the whole team does well before picking up a trophy. Whether taking on Grand Prix Mode, Exhibition Mode, Time-Trial or Team Adventure Mode, there is plenty of racing to be done with some classic Sonic nostalgia.
The First Team Sonic Racing Screenshots
Remember that this isn't the first time Sonic has taken to the track. Branching out with Sonic R in 1997, the first "racing" title saw the characters running around on foot. The idea introduced vehicles in 2006's Sonic Riders to celebrate the franchise's 15th anniversary, and since then, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing hit shelves in 2010 to be dubbed an average Mario Kart clone. Things improved with Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed in 2013, but Team Sonic Racing will be the first solo Sonic kart title in a while.
These days, Sonic has left his home on the SEGA and moved onto a variety of other platforms. Team Sonic Racing is no exception and will be released on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this winter. With this being just the first announcement for Team Sonic Racing, expect the game to have a bigger presence at this year's E3.