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Customization Options for Team Sonic Racing Previewed at SXSW Panel



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The SEGA team behind Team Sonic Racing showed off a vehicle customization trailer for its upcoming title at today’s SXSW panel.

SEGA of America staff members Jasmin Hernandez, Aaron Webber, Jun Senoue, and Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka appeared during this panel to give a slew of updates to the world of Sonic the Hedgehog. Included in their talk was a video previewing the vast customization options that will be available in Team Sonic Racing, expected in around two months.

The video, which was later posted to the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account, teases the following features:

  • Performance modifications, which allow players to swap out their vehicle’s parts to modify performance
  • Horns, which allow players to change the sound of their vehicle’s horn
  • Paints, which allow players to completely change the color of their vehicle
  • Vinyl, which allow players to add a wide range of designs to their vehicle

Of these options, the performance modifications appear to be the most robust as they allow players to change the feel of their vehicle. As with many other kart racers, vehicles in Team Sonic Racing have RPG-like statistics, such as acceleration, boost, and defense. Changes to the vehicle’s performance modifications enhance these.

Team Sonic Racing is set to launch for PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One on May 21, 2019, following a recent delay.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players



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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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