Sega have finally decided to reveal their E3 trailer for Team Sonic Racing and there are no two second teasers here - Sonic has taken to the road like boss and if the trailer is anything to go by, Mario's getting a fierce competitor.
You may recall the earlier tease showing Sonic leaving the garage, which is basically the intro to the E3 trailer. Granted nothing impressive, but a nice touch nevertheless. The game focuses on team based gameplay, where four teams of three players duke it out on Wisp Circuit and other race tracks.
Fun fact, the music for Team Sonic Racing is being composed by Jun Senoue, guitarist responsible for two tracks on Sonic the Hedgehog 3. The love story with Sega lasts to this day with him and his band Crush 40 recording quite a few Sonic tunes. Yep, the trailer tune is Crush 40 and it's catchy, I'll give 'em that.
From what we can see on the trailer, Team Sonic Racing is sure to give Mario Kart 8: Deluxe a run for its money, not least for the latter being four years old now. If there ever was a chance for Sega to show that Sonic has what it takes to make a proper racing game, it's probably now.
Not that Sega and Sonic haven't had awesome racing in the past. In fact, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is notable for challenging Mario Kart's throne, with many claiming it actually surpassed Mario's racing endeavours. While we wouldn't go as far as that, we'll say that it had quite a few features that Nintendo should seriously ponder.
Thankfully, both Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and its predecessor were developed by Sumo Digital, the same dev behind Team Sonic Racing, so the game should be in good hands. Also, thanks for shortening the name, I'm sure that gaming journalists across the globe are very thankful for easing off their carpal tunnels.
Perhaps the first apparent change in Team Sonic Racing is the roster, which is down to 15 characters from Sonic the Hedgehog series. That's in sharp contrast to the All Stars, which went for the let's-throw-it-all-in-and-see-how-it-goes approach.