Sonic the Hedgehog has seen something of a resurgence recently. In the last couple of years, we’ve had Sonic Forces, Sonic Mania, SEGA AGES. We were also going to be getting Team Sonic Racing before the end of the year but the game has now been delayed. The announcement was made via the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter channel saying that ‘we know delays are no fun, but quality matters most’ and issuing a new release date of 21st May 2019. You can check out the tweet below –
Hey guys! To make Team Sonic Racing the best game it can be, we’re giving the team extra time to work on it. Our new release date is May 21, 2019.
We know delays are no fun, but quality matters most. Thanks for your patience – we’ve got more to show you for TSR very soon!
— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) October 25, 2018
Sumo Digital is handling development duties on this one. The follow up to their own Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed sees the franchise stripped back down to just kart racing (Transformed included boats and planes as well) but adding a team dynamic. I had the chance to play the game at EGX and I thought that “Team Sonic Racing is not a game that is going to change the mind of anyone who doesn’t like kart racers. The team aspect is nicely implemented with it not just being about combining your score. This feels like an appropriate next chapter of the Sonic kart racing series, changing enough to make it feel new but not too different.”
Personally, I think this is a smart move. A good delayed game is always going to be better than a bland game that arrives on schedule. There are some nice ideas on display in Team Sonic Racing and if they need a little more time to refine and perfect them then I say give them that time. The team actions in the demo that I played were good but it wasn’t all that obvious how they worked out or how to use them. This might be a case of needing a good tutorial (not always possible in a 10-minute demo) but it could be that the visual side of the team actions could be reworked to make them more obvious.
If you’re interested in Team Sonic Racing, then why not check out our interview with Derek Littlewood, Design Director at Sumo Digital, about the game. He went into detail about the inspiration for the game as well as the different ideas for the team actions (including some of the ones they left out) and which his favourite character in the game is (and why).
Are you looking forward to Team Sonic Racing? How do you feel about the game being delayed? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.