Good things tend to come in threes, and this is certainly no exception with Sonic-themed music releases of 2019 so far; the phenomenal Team Sonic Racing soundtrack saw general release with the launch of the game in May, a new Crush 40 compilation is due in July, and sandwiched between these is Jun Senoue’s third instalment of “The Works” collection.
A new Crush 40 compilation album, “Driving Through Forever”, comprising a CD and DVD set, is due for release next month!
The tie-ins won’t stop! Japanese mobile RPG game Idola: Phantasy Star Saga is running a special promotion where you can grab a “Special Soul Symbol” based on the recently released racing spin-off title Team Sonic Racing.
If you thought SEGA was just stopping with a party at Tokyo Joypolis to celebrate Sonic’s 28th birthday, you’re sorely mistaken. Sonic series sound director (and author of the incredible Team Sonic Racing soundtrack) Jun Senoue will also be performing live with his band ‘Sonic Adventure Music Experience’ in just a few days time. Continue reading Jun Senoue’s Sonic Adventure Music Experience Performing in Tokyo on June 22
Those who have been playing Team Sonic Racing on XBox Live might have experienced problems ith online multiplayer. According to Aaron Webber on today’s Sonic Stream, the latest patch will aim to fix these issues.
Sumo Digital’s latest Sonic-themed racing game may have performed well in the UK Charts – as well as our hearts (check out our review here) – but Team Sonic Racing has been having a rough time of it in the US, with the game only just managing to enter the Top 20 Best Selling Titles for the month of May. Continue reading Team Sonic Racing Fails to Crack US NPD Top 10 in May
Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony have announced a “Sonic Anniversary sale“ on digital downloads via the eShop, Playstation Store, and XBox live for Sonic the Hedgehog titles, including Team Sonic Racing!
No “what we’ve been playing” this time. We get straight to the Sonic Talk as there’s a lot to discuss. From the Sonic movie delay to terrifying Sonic children’s costumes to new Sonic voice actors to finally, the all new Team Sonic Racing (or Sonic Team Racing as GX keeps saying by accident). Continue reading Sonic Talk 61: Sonic Team Sonic Racing Team Racing Sonic
If you aren’t already feeling ancient at the prospect of Sonic the Hedgehog turning 28 next month, here’s a fact that’ll age you; it’s been 7 years since SEGA Sound Director Jun Senoue led the creation of a Sonic the Hedgehog soundtrack (Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2, for those who can’t remember!).
Senoue’s absence has been by no means a sabbatical, having been involved in several other SEGA titles – as well as peripherally with most Sonic games – and regularly performing with a multitude of live acts across four continents. Those who have taken the reigns in the meantime have accomplished some phenomenal feats, particularly Sonic Mania composer Tee Lopes who pulled a rabbit out of a hat with a perfectly blended score of old and new material, while simultaneously tipping the hat to the synonymous tones of the 90s titles. But with the classic itch well-and-truly scratched, many have longed for the return of Senoue and his trademark rock sound, in the context of a modern Sonic game.
As such, the anticipation for MAXIMUM OVERDIRVE, the Team Sonic Racing Original Soundtrack, reached fever pitch. Expectations have flown high based on the calibre of the tracks that had been drip-fed to us via Sonic the Hedgehog’s social media channels over the last few months. Now that the full OST has been released, we can firmly say that it does not disappoint.
The official soundtrack to Team Sonic Racing, dubbed ‘Maximum Overdrive’, is about to release worldwide on May 29th! And we can’t wait to finally get to listen to Jun Senoue’s latest series works while at the office/bus/plane/pit stop. We can reveal the full track listing on this whopping THREE-CD OST release, so you can prepare for an epic listening session tomorrow (both physical and via streaming services). Continue reading Team Sonic Racing’s ‘Maximum Overdrive’ Tracklist Revealed
Sumo Digital’s latest kart racing spinoff title, Team Sonic Racing, has burst out of the starting grid in the UK to take the top position in this week’s All Format Games Sales Chart!
Continue reading Team Sonic Racing Speeds to #1 in the UK Games Chart
It says a lot about Sumo Digital’s developing competence when the team can create a sequel to a much-loved racing spinoff series, nearly seven years after the last entry, on (seemingly) a much tighter budget, and yet still manage to find ways to make the experience appear like a full-priced premium package. Continue reading TSS Review: Team Sonic Racing
Team Sonic Racing is officially out tomorrow, and everyone is super-excited to get behind the wheel with the blue blur once again. But perhaps the person most excited about the game’s release is Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka, who will now get to fully enjoy playing multiplayer kart racing games with his son. Continue reading TSS Interview: Takashi Iizuka Hints At Dodon Pa’s Return as ‘Master of Ceremonies’
With the release of Team Sonic Racing, the Sonic voice cast appears to have gotten its first major shakeup since 2010. Six characters have been recast with new voice actors, including Zavok, Omega, Blaze, Omachao, Silver, and most notably, Knuckles. Continue reading Team Sonic Racing Debuts New Voice Actors for Several Sonic Characters
Team Sonic Racing is available in just a few days time, and the hype is starting to become too much to bear. What might help pass the time, though, is a slew of initial positive reviews of the game coupled with a special launch trailer provided by SEGA Europe. Continue reading SEGA Releases Team Sonic Racing Launch Trailer As Positive Reviews Hit the Web
Art admirers and official scribble aficionados, rejoice! We have some high-res images for you here, covering the key art from Team Sonic Racing’s character lineup as well as final ESRB packshots for the North American market. Take a look below! Continue reading High-Res Team Sonic Racing Key Art Revealed
Now that you’ve had some time to digest our thoughts on how Team Sonic Racing is coming along, we wanted to share with you a treasure trove of new screenshots that SEGA thoughtfully sent to us. These new snaps show off three locations: Frozen Junkyard, Hidden Volcano and Lost Palace – all of which we played during our special preview. Take a look below. Continue reading Check Out These Colourful New Team Sonic Racing Screenshots
Sumo Digital has been a close partner of SEGA’s for many years, ever since the Sheffield-based studio worked on a console port of OutRun2 back in 2003. But in recent years, the developer has worked on several racing games featuring Sonic the Hedgehog – Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, which were released to critical acclaim.
For the third outing, the company’s new Nottingham studio has taken a brand new direction with the series, focusing on Sonic’s friends and co-operative teamwork. We caught up with Derek Littlewood and Ben Wilson to find out more about the creative process that went into making Team Sonic Racing! Continue reading TSS Interview: Sumo Digital on Team Sonic Racing
We were invited this month to attend SEGA’s Team Sonic Racing Preview Event, hosted deep in the heart of London’s Shoreditch, and get our hands on the game’s latest build! What happened was an action-packed day filled with tournaments, time trials and a LOT of gameplay impressions. So, let’s get right to it!
SEGA released the second part of their Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive animated short series earlier today. Directed by Tyson Hesse and animated by Neko Productions, the short sees Team Sonic and Team Shadow battle for first place. Which team will prevail? Find out in the video below! Continue reading Sonic and Friends Battle it Out in Part 2 of Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive
In a bizarre marketing twist for a game already riddled with bizarre marketing decisions, SEGA has collaborated with another YouTube personality to promote Team Sonic Racing. This time, they took a YouTuber best known for Minecraft out to SEGA Europe’s office to drive a sports car. Don’t worry, it’s relevant – Sonic was also inside.
Continue reading Minecraft YouTuber Drives A Car For Team Sonic Racing And Yes We’re Also Very Confused
SEGA revealed a new, ghost-themed race track for Team Sonic Racing today: Haunted Castle. As with most of TSR’s track reveals, this new course was shown alongside its soundtrack, which was composed by Tee Lopes, performed by S.A.M.E., and features Tei Sena on violin (which is easily the highlight).
Despite its name, the race track itself appears to be based on a distorted version of Rooftop Run, with the clocktower in the image bearing a striking (though not exact) resemblance to the clock tower from that level. Check out the image and music below:
Team Sonic Racing will launch on Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC on May 21st. With only 13 of the game’s 21 tracks known, we can probably expect the rate of new track reveals to accelerate as the game’s release approaches. Be sure to stay tuned to Sonic Stadium for that and more!
Tech giant Apple unveiled its subscription-based gaming service last night, titled ‘Apple Arcade’, and surprisingly SEGA has already been confirmed as a key partner in the upcoming platform, with a ‘Sonic Racing’ game being prepped for release later this year.
Continue reading SEGA Hardlight-Developed ‘Sonic Racing’ Announced for Apple Arcade
The official soundtrack for Team Sonic Racing, “Maximum Overdrive” was today announced at the SXSW Sonic the Hedgehog “Gotta Go Fast” panel! Continue reading Team Sonic Racing Soundtrack “Maximum Overdrive” due for May 2019 Release
Fresh from the SXSW 2019 Sonic the Hedgehog “Gotta Go Fast” panel, Jun Senoue has previewed a brand new remix for Team Sonic Racing! Continue reading Sonic Heroes Track Remix for TSR Previewed at SXSW 2019
Fresh out of SXSW, SEGA has revealed that Team Sonic Racing will have a tie in animation featuring art by Tyson Hesse! Continue reading SXSW 2019: Two-part Team Sonic Racing Overdrive Animation revealed! UPDATE
SEGA has revealed some in-depth details on its customisation options for Team Sonic Racing in a brand new teaser trailer. Continue reading SXSW 2019: New Customisation Options Revealed for Team Sonic Racing
Watch all of today’s announcements from SXSW 2019’s “Gotta Go Fast” Sonic panel right here on TSS! Continue reading Watch the SXSW 2019 Sonic Panel here on TSS!
On this much shorter episode of Sonic Talk, Jason discusses Apex Legends (that other game with Roger Craig Smith) only for GX to suffer a power outage which results in about half an hour of our discussion being cut off. We still have plenty of Sonic news and a review of the first dozen issues of IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog. So prepare for 45 minutes of Sonic-y goodness!
IDW will be reprinting their comic book tie-in for Team Sonic Racing this May, complete with new content, to coincide with the release of the game. The reprint even has a special name, “Team Sonic Racing Plus Deluxe Turbo Championship Edition.” The new content will include a guide to the Wisp power-ups, a glossary Of Team Moves, a gallery of in-game tracks, and commentary from the tie-in’s writer, Caleb Goellner.
The original print run of the one-shot was originally slated to release alongside the game last fall, before the game was delayed. For whatever reason, the comic wasn’t also delayed, giving it the dubious distinction of being the first Sonic game tie-in comic to beat the release of its game by six months.
It’s currently unknown if the reprint will have a new cover. You can check out the original cover below!
A new stage for Sega’s upcoming racer Team Sonic Racing has been revealed today, Hidden Volcano!
Hidden Volcano is exactly what it sounds like, a track set inside a volcano with lava flooded tracks and other explosive effects, but to juxtapose this, there are also some slippery ice sections to keep you on your toes.
We’ve also been told to expect a new trailer and gameplay footage at the Sonic panel at this years SXSW.
It's on the way! Expect to see new gameplay and other TSR game features at SXSW, and from then until launch. We'll also be playing it on the livestreams after SXSW.
— Aaron Webber (@RubyEclipse) February 20, 2019
Updates to the Steam Database has revealed what appears to be the achievement list for Team Sonic Racing.
Obviously this contains a few spoilers so we won’t be posting the list in full here, but in terms of you trophy and achievement hunters, it doesn’t look anywhere near as difficult as ASRT’s trophy list was.
You can find the full list right here.
Team Sonic Racing’s soundtrack certainly seems to be shaping up as one of the most rock-centric OSTs to feature in a Sonic the hedgehog title for many years, and this insight into the recording process doesn’t let up at all!
Check out the video below to see Sonic Sound Director Jun Senoue, accompanied by long-time Sonic soundtrack bassist Takeshi Taneda, and Act. on percussion putting down tracks for “Market Street”, “Frozen Junkyard” and the game’s theme song “Green Light Ride” in the recording studio…
Is it just my imagination… Or does Japan get really amazing collectors/limited edition Sonic games?
Well Team Sonic Racing is no exception, whilst only a standard release has been confirmed for the west, Japan is getting a huge selection of limited and collectors editions!
The first edition is the “Team Sonic Racing” Trailer Music Selection” Version which comes with a small MP3 OST. Depending on the retailer you purchase it from, you also get a booklet and some acrylic ornaments.
- 1 game software (PlayStation 4 version or Nintendo Switch version)
- Postcard book
- Sonic Vs Shadow Shot Glass
- Car Keyring
- 3D Crystal Cube!
Yes you read that right, this edition includes a crystal cube! However no images of the cube have been made available at present.
Other collectors editions comes with the same stuff, but certain items are not included depending on the version you get.
Source: Sonic Channel.
Bit of a breaking story this one which we’ll update with more details as we get it.
Twitter user しをさかな discovered a nice surprise when they bought the newest issue of Famitsu in Japan a few moments ago. Originally they purchased the magazine for an article on Kingdom Hearts 3, but upon reading it discovered a two page spread on Team Sonic Racing which contains a lot of new information.
— しをさかな (@195220ido022013) January 25, 2019
We see what appears to be part of a CG cut scene and what appears to be a new Planet Wisp themed track track with the name ‘Doctors Mine’. We also see Zavok in-game for the first time driving around a fire themed track.
Nobody as of yet has offered any translation to the article. So keep checking back and we’ll update with more information as we get it.
SEGA has released a new piece of concept art through the Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account, which shows Silver dodging lasers on a new tracked called “Frozen Junkyard.” The track appears to be a frozen path suspended over a bottomless pit, with a robot that looks like an amalgamation of Sonic Forces’ Death Crab and Death Egg Robot sentinel acting as a stage hazard.
Concept art of the new "Frozen Junkyard" level from Team Sonic Racing!*
*please do not drive into the lasers pic.twitter.com/a73VTo8Vkw
— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) January 18, 2019
It’s hard to tell exactly what past Sonic stage this track is based on. SEGA itself hasn’t revealed anything beyond this piece of concept art and the name. Could it be based on Sonic Forces’ Space port? Or something brand new? Stay tuned to Sonic Stadium for updates.
Check out a high res version of the image below: