Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is an upcoming racing video game currently in development by Sumo Digital. It is the sequel to 2010’s Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. The game will be published by Sega for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Xbox 360 for release on November 16, 2012 in Europe and November 20, 2012 in North America.
Like its predecessor, the game is a mascot-based kart racer, in which players race against each other using characters from various Sega franchises, although it features many new mechanics and improvements from the last game. The most notable new mechanic is that the vehicles now have the ability to transform into sea and air-based vehicles during a race, which is automatically performed by driving through transformation gates. Certain racetracks in the game now terraform as players proceed through them. For example, one track features one of the titular creatures from Panzer Dragoon destroying a bridge, forcing players to either continue the race in the air or drop into the river below.
The car mode handles similarly to the previous game in which players can earn boost by drifting and performing tricks in the air. The seafaring mode of the vehicles features true boating physics, requiring players to consider the water’s turbulence and use particularly large waves to leap in the air and perform stunts to receive speed boosts. Finally, the aerial mode features simple and intuitive flight dynamics; ascending slows players down while descending speeds them up. They may perform techniques in the air such as aileron rolls and tilting along the roll axis for tighter cornering.
All-Star abilities from the previous title return, but are no longer obtained through item boxes. Instead, players gradually fill up an “All-Star meter” by performing tricks or collecting stars scattered around the courses; when the meter is full, players may use their All-Star Move whenever they wish. Players who are further behind in the race will build up their All-Star meter more quickly than those in front. Additionally, unlike its predecessor, All-Star Moves can now be used in online multiplayer.
The game will feature a new single player adventure mode, where players can unlock new characters. Vehicles can also be upgraded with ranks and modifications using XP gained by building All-Star meter. The game will feature 16 new tracks inspired by games like Super Monkey Ball, Panzer Dragoon, Golden Axe and After Burner, as well as four returning locations from the first game. The game will also feature online multiplayer in all versions. The Wii U version will feature unique minigames that utilise the Wii U GamePad.