Interview with Sumo Digital Producer Steve Lycett on Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

One of the worst-kept secrets around here is how excited I am about Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed; just one look at the tag shows that it has some of the most extensive coverage of any single game on the site (as well as a few articles over at PoisonMushroom.Org). And when I found out that Steve Lycett, Producer at Transformed developer Sumo Digital, was doing interviews with different websites (such as this one at TSSZ News), I leaped at the chance to do one of my own. And, to my delight, he accepted!

Before we get started, however, a little background: While I’ve played the original Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing a lot (it’s one of my all-time favorite games), at the time this interview was written, I had not played Transformed at all yet. I’m still waiting on my review copy from SEGA (shipping to Canada can take a while, I’ve learned) as I make this post, but between sending these questions off and now, I have had a chance to sit down with the Xbox 360 demo and watch people talk about it on the Wii U’s Miiverse.

Though I am working on several reviews together, once this game comes in, I’ll definitely make it a priority and give you my full thoughts on it. But for now, please enjoy this post-release interview with the game’s Producer, Steve Lycett.


Via TSSZ News, the official Xbox website recently updated their product page for the upcoming Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed with new screens and details, including the confirmation of playable Avatars with their own exclusive vehicle (while Miis will be in the Nintendo versions), four-player local multiplayer, and eight-player online multiplayer (though some reports have stated ten for online), as well as downloadable content, leaderboards, and voice chat.

In additional news, the recently-released 282nd volume of Nintendo Power has revealed that Gum will be joining fellow Jet Set Radio star Beat as a racer in the game. However, much like Danica Patrick, there are no pictures of her at this time.

At the top of the article, we get a clear look at the ground-based version of the vehicle driven by Shinobi‘s Joe Musashi, plus some interesting use of onomatopoeias during the race.

Here’s a close-up look at some of the other newly-released screens: