Sumo Digital’s mysterious new kart game, with all the independent rumours flying around, is quickly becoming SEGA’s worst-kept secret. Today, we learned of a new piece of information to add to the rumour mill; that whatever the UK developer is working on will focus entirely on Sonic, and won’t feature any associated SEGA universe characters.
The latest whispers come from a user on our very own forums called ‘Larry’ – who has a mixed track record with rumours, but most recently accurately leaked details regarding Sonic Forces, so take with a huge pinch of salt – stating that the next in the Sonic karting series will be dropping the ‘& All-Stars’ part of the title.
“A new SONIC kart racer is in development,” reads the statement, corroborating the avalanche of merchandise listings pointing to the same. “Last I heard it was slated for the first quarter of 2018, but it’s looking to most likely be a holiday release.
“However, if my emphasis on Sonic wasn’t clear enough – no Sega characters will be joining the fun, this time around.”
We’re not entirely sure how to feel about this – Sonic is a strong enough brand to carry a karting game all on his own, and was obviously the key marketing linchpin for the ‘All-Stars Racing’ series, but the appearance of many characters and locations from SEGA’s storied past – Golden Axe, Billy Hatcher, Jet Set Radio and Afterburner to name a few – got a very positive response from fans.
It remains to be seen if Sumo Digital is even making a Sonic-themed kart racing game, let alone one without SEGA characters, but there’s quite a lot of smoke now to make this all seem a coincidence. And, given SEGA Community Manager Aaron Webber’s choice of words on the matter, a Sonic-only karter would definitely mean that any such project would not strictly be ‘a sequel to Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed’.
Having said that, we are tagging this whole thing up as a rumour, so don’t hold your breath. We’ll update as soon as we hear more details… probably at SXSW in March, if anytime soon.