Sega has really put the 'team' in Team Sonic Racing
Working with your team should make a big difference in Sega's latest Mario Kart equivalent, coming to all gaming consoles and PC.
A demo of Team Sonic Racing at Gamescom 2018 has unearthed new details about the forthcoming Sega game, including that working with your teammates will make winning much more likely.
Unlike in most racing games, where you are on your lonesome, Team Sonic Racing puts two other racers on your team, which can help you or you can help them. This includes sharing items and bailing you out pronto if you go off-piste.
Working together will also fill up a special meter that can be used to unleash an 'Ultimate Speed Boost'. As the name suggests, this results in an impressive team-wide speed increase that will either help increase your lead or close the gap.
We already knew there would be 15 playable characters from the Sonic back catalogue, including Echidna Knuckles and Miles 'Tails' Prower. Now we can confirm each has its own class, which can be Power, Speed or Technique.
Although it is unclear exactly what difference each class makes, Sega has confirmed you can mix and match a team as much as you want. So if it is three Sonics you want, it is three Sonics you can have.
Not much of a windshield, is it
The cooperative element continues after the chequered flag, too, as it takes more than just finishing first to win a race. It is the total of your points that decides who was the winning team, meaning you could come last but still emerge victorious if your teammates did better.
Although Sega is keeping quiet about certain characters, we do know you will be able to play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Big, Chao, Shadow, Rogue and Omega. Dr Robotnik seems more than likely, of course, given that he likes trying to ruin Sonic's day.
What is perhaps a bit of a downer for fans of Team Sonic Racing's predecessor, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, is that cars won't transform into planes and vice versa mid-race. But with the team work element and local/online multiplayer, it could still be a blast.
Team Sonic Racing is being released on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4 and Xbox One in December, 2018. A specific release date is yet to be announced.