Welcome to another Dream Roster article. If you missed out on our previous entries, be sure to check out the articles looking at Nintendo Kart, as well as MvC4, Kellogg’s vs. Capcom, Fire Emblem Warriors, Disney X Mario Kart, Nintendo vs. Capcom, Microsoft Smash-Up, Kirby Fighters, Pokken Port, 100 character Smash and Konami-Smash.
It is approaching 5 years since Sonic last took to the Road, Sea and Sky in SUMO Digital’s Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. It was a fun racing game, but it was plagued by some serious issues that held it back.
Frankly the game was a mixed bag, a disappointment in many ways. Perhaps the biggest offender was its character roster. It succeeded Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing With Banjo-Kazooie, but the development team was forced to cut a wealth of unique characters for clone racers due to the added workload of the transforming vehicles.
The post-game support didn’t improve the hurt feelings of fans who saw their favorite characters slip away. All future content was released solely for the PC version of the game, and by the time post-development was complete, a total of 7 characters were exclusive to the PC. Fan frustration grew when classic SEGA characters were passed over for promotional characters such as Willemus and General Winter. They reached a head when Simon, a member of the Yogscast Minecraft Community was the penultimate DLC character.
But alas a bone was inevitably thrown to fans. Perhaps the most interesting point of development from this game came in the form of a primitive ballot proposed by producer Steve Lycett. Wherein any character who received at least 1000 votes by fans would be presented to SEGA as proposed future DLC characters.
Shenmue’s Ryo Hazuki had (by a significant margin) the highest number of votes and was eventually added as a character!…. Exclusively to the PC version.
While I wouldn’t have any high expectations for a future Sonic & SEGA racing entry, the idea of a third game has long-intrigued me. So our team took to planning out our vision for that game’s roster. We specifically took into account: fan support, past veterans, the ballot and characters who have maintained prominence in recent years.
Let us know what SEGA characters you’d like to see in a hypothetical Sonic & SEGA Racing sequel!