According to Planet Sonic, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is shaping up rather nicely. The article gives lots of new details – mention of the overarching Grand Prix mode, local 4 player split screen and 8 player online across both PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, the PS3 iteration apparently running a little smoother at this stage. Characters confirmed are Sonic, Tails, Big the Cat, Amy, Dr. Eggman, Knuckles, AiAi (Super Monkey Ball), Amigo (Samba de Amigo) Ryo Hazuki (Shenmue), Alex Kidd, Billy Hatcher and Beat (Jet Set Radio), with Banjo and Kazooie still filed under ‘rumour’.
Tracks will be themed around the characters – with Forgotten Falls (Sonic Heroes), Blizzard Castle (Billy Hatcher) and Casino Park (Sonic Heroes) currently playable. A fourth circuit, Jumble Jungle (from Super Monkey Ball) is mentioned, but not yet ready for play. Gameplay seems like Mario Kart in its emphasis on drifting (complete with boosts) and continued play gets you SEGA Miles which you can spend on various items in the in-game shop, not least some classic music from old SEGA hits like Sonic R, and with Sumo Digital already considering DLC there’s hope for extra tracks and characters too.
Sadly, there won’t be a PSP version for ‘profitability’ reasons.