Team Sonic Racing
was one of the many titles players could try at EGX this year. The title asks players to choose one of 12 characters before teaming them up with two other racers so that there are four teams of three battling for the winner's spot in the race. Team work is key to success, and there's no point in having a great race if your team mates are doing poorly. Sumo Digital took to the stage at the show to demonstrate how to work effectively as a team, something that's completely new to the franchise.
There are three types of characters in the game, Speed, Technique, and Power, and they each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Your team's final position in the race is a combination of all of your team members' finishing positions. Due to the weighting of each position, a team whose three members finish in 1st, 5th and 8th will be less successful than one whose members finish in 2nd, 3rd and 6th, so you need to help your teammates out when they're struggling.
While you can communicate with your team members to cheer them on, the most important part of team racing is performing Team Actions. These are things players can do with a single press of a button, like sharing item pickups, skimboosting past them to give them a speed boost, slingshotting (riding in their slipstream to get your own speed boost), and taking out rivals. Performing each of these actions increases the amount of charge in a meter. Once this is full, you'll have access to a Team Ultimate move that gives teammates a boost and makes them invincible, allowing them to push opponents out of the way and get through difficult parts of the track unharmed.
During the presentation, the development team goes through each of these factors in detail, as well as explaining how they came to be. They also answer questions from the community at the end. The presentation starts at 15:08 if you don't want to stare at a splash screen for a large amount of time.
Grab your friends ready for the arrival of Team Sonic Racing
later this year.
We don't have them yet, but we'll publish a story as soon as we pick up the Team Sonic Racing achievements.