Sega reveals Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

Sega has today announced Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, a new racing game developed by Outrun 2 and Split/Second: Velocity studio Sumo Digital featuring Sega's cast of characters.

Rather than Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing's karts, however, drivers each get their a character-specific transforming vehicle that switches between car, plane and boat modes depending on the terrain.

The roster is bolstered by a number of new characters, including Golden Axe's Gilius Thunderhead and Skies Of Arcadia protagonist Vyse.

Transformed retains All-Stars Racing's stunts, but tweaks things with a power-up bar that charges faster if you race with extra flair, along with the ability to block projectiles fired at you by other racers.

The seamless switching between vehicle modes immediately brings to mind Mario Kart 7's automatically deployed glider wings, which brought about the series' most intricate courses yet. Hopefully Sumo can work similar magic with its various modes of transport.