Team Sonic Racing launches just some days later, and Sonic sequence producer Takashi Iizuka stepped as much as have an interview about inspirations for the sport, in addition to how they selected the character roster this time. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]


Here are the highlights:

Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing had many fashionable Sega characters seem, however this time it’s simply Sonic characters.

Takashi Iizuka, producer: “Right, as a result of the sport this time is a brand new venture made to broaden on the Sonic model.”


The unique launch date was Winter 2018, but it surely ended up releasing in May 2019. Why is that?

Iizuka: “The biggest reason for the wait was because it took time to overcome problems with online races. Because people will not be playing it within the same network environments, with at most 12 players in one race this time, adjusting it was quite a large task. We kept testing the minimum network connection tests, which led to more debugging, and it took longer than we thought.”


Why the give attention to workforce races?

Iizuka: “This game uses rules where the overall placement of members decides the winners, a ruleset that’s not used much in racing games. Despite it being popular in shooters and action games, there are surprisingly few titles in the racing genre where can share the joy of working together.”


“Actually, my son plays racing games with his friends, but if there is even one kid who’s better than the others, they’ll end up winning all the time. The mood of the group slowly gets worse, and people stop having fun. I would see that sort of thing happen and think, “If only there was a game where you could work together and high-five and share in the joy of winning together.””


Sonic Series Producer Takashi Iizuka On Inspirations And Character Roster Choices

Apart from sequence regulars, there are some totally different characters this time like Vector and Zavok. How did you select the roster?

Iizuka: “We really had trouble deciding the roster. For example, Vector is originally a Team Chaotix member, but this time he’s teaming up with Silver and Blaze. We went through a lot of debate before making things this way. Furthermore, while characters are split into Speed, Technique, and Power characters, character popularity doesn’t necessarily follow that same order. Instead, we chose characters that fit the image of those types.”


By the way in which, what’s Iizuka-san’s favourite character?

Iizuka: “Mine can be the Chao. It’s the primary kind they’ve been playable since Sonic Adventure 2, and personally I wished them to point out up as playable as nicely. The sight of 4 Chao driving one automotive is kind of humorous to see.”


Team Sonic Racing releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on May 21, 2019. Watch a latest video on Big the Cat’s return on this recreation here.