It looks like everybody‘s Super Sonic Racing (and trying to keep their feet right on the ground). Gamers who are enjoying Sonic’s latest racing title might notice non-Sonic participants are not represented, unlike Sumo Digital’s previous entries. Fortuitously, the developers explained their reasoning behind this in an interview with GameSpot.
Where’s my non-Sonic Joe Musashi racer?!
When questioned about some of Team Sonic Racing‘s exclusions, studio design director Derek Littlewood said the following:
The reason we [dropped non-Sonic universe characters] was so we could dive into the Sonic universe in more depth, and tell a canon Sonic universe story, with our team adventure mode. That was very important for us.
It was a difficult decision for us, but we feel like that was the right direction to go in. Because it’s allowed us to create a very new kind of unique experience for Team Sonic Racing that I think people won’t have had with the previous titles.”
I understand Littlewood’s reasoning. When I purchase a game like Team Sonic Racing, I’m expecting a superb plot that explains exactly what brings Sonic and his friend’s together. It’s part of the reason why Super Mario Party makes so much sense. Without that intro, I’d be wondering why all these partygoers are killing each other for sport.
Adding to Littlewood’s explanation, designer Ben Wilson explained:
Because this game’s set in a universe with characters who have relationships already, it’s let us do a dialog system where they’re on track and they’re yelling at each other, and they have familiarity with each other and make references to history, which we wouldn’t have been able to have done really [had other franchises’ characters been present]. Or at least, not in as smooth a way. So it’s let us do some additional stuff as well.”
I don’t know, Wilson. If Tails sees Gilius Thunderhead from Golden Axe on the racetrack, I’m positive some intriguing dialog can be written for that unique situation. You can create a crossover universe that rivals Marvel’s Avengers. All in a series of racing video games!
Hope for the future
Littlewood did say there are a lot of staff workers who are decidedly old-school SEGA fanatics, so perhaps one day DLC will be readily available that adds Harrier from Space Harrier. Only then will I purchase several copies for me and my friends.
Enthusiasts the world over, how do you feel about non-Sonic personas being dropped from Team Sonic Racing? Would you buy DLC adding them into the game? Let us know in the comments below!