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Disney Speedstorm: Everything you need to know about Disney's new kart racer


Disney Speedstorm: Everything you need to know

Disney Speedstorm was revealed last year, and we're excited to see more from it. When a new series emerges, this usually piques our interest and that's definitely the case for Disney Speedstorm.

Speedstorm is an arcade racer that's coming this year to both console and PC. So, what do we know so far? And what would we like to see from Speedstorm? We've got everything you need to know right here!

Latest news - Lilo & Stitch comes to Disney Speedstorm Season 3

After Season 2's Toy STory theme, Disney Speedstorm Season 3 is out now, bringing Lilo & Stitch characters to Disney's kart racer. In Season 3, you'll get to race as Lilo, Stitch, Captain Gantu and Angel from the popular animation.

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As well as Lilo & Stitch characters, Daisy Duck and Minnie Mouse are joining the character roster. Starting on 1 August, Season 3 also brings new rewards, a new Starter Circuit as well as a host of bug fixes.

Season roadmap

As well as revealing Season 2, Gameloft has provided a roadmap previewing what’s coming in future Seasons.

Disney Speedstorm seasons rotate every two months, with Season 3 starting on 1 August. The exact release date is still to be announced, but the roadmap confirms Season 3 will add five new racers, with two mystery racers also joining the race mid-season.

After that, Season 4 will launch in October, but the contents of this season are yet to be announced.

Disney Speedstorm Early Access & Founder's Packs

Originally slated for a 2022 release, Disney Speedstorm is out now in early access across all platforms.

There are three Founder's Packs available: Standard, Deluxe, and Ultimate. Each tier contains different benefits.

You'll gain in-game currency, extra unlocked characters and more. However, it's not free as the Standard Founders Pack costs £24.99, the Deluxe £39.99 and the Ultimate £57.99 in the UK.

For now, this is the only way you can play Disney Speedstorm. However, the kart racer will be free-to-play on all platforms from 28 September.

Disney Speedstorm Classes

Not all Disney characters are created equal and there are some classes which racers fall into. We initially had Trickster and Brawler both confirmed, with Speedster and Defender confirmed later on.

You can check out our full classes article right here to see what these classes means for each character. Some characters also have Unique Skills, such as Celia Mae (Monsters, inc.), who has "Snake and Shake", shown below:

In terms of the "Seasons" for Speedstorm, each set of characters will have one of each Class of character. For example, as part of Season 1, the Monsters, Inc. characters have one of each Class.

Mike is a Speedster, Sulley is a Brawler, Celia is a Defender and Randall is a Trickster.

Development

Disney has teamed up with Gameloft, the team behind huge mobile games like Asphalt, to make Speedstorm. Gameloft have mainly produced mobile games during their time, but that will change this year.

Disney describes Speedstorm as "a hero-based combat racing game featuring iconic Disney and Pixar heroes and villains". That's a great way to describe this game and what's more, the worlds of these characters will be playable as race tracks.

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POWERING-UP: The power-ups in Speedstorm will be key to how a race plays out

We can also see that there will be a power-up system in the game. What power-ups will be available isn't clear, but from what we can see from screenshots, there is a shield, attacking sword, boost, and some sort of aggressive orange distortion area.

Speedstorm has been confirmed to have online and local multiplayer modes. Crossplay is enabled too, so this will be great to play with friends whichever console they have.

Consoles

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Credit: Disney Speedstorm on Twitter

Speedstorm has been confirmed to be available on many consoles. These include both the PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X | S as well as Switch.

Speedstorm will also be available on PC via the Steam and Epic Games Stores. You can wishlist Speedstorm now via both PC stores. As for its price, Disney Speedstorm will be free-to-play on all systems from the full release date.

Characters

If there's one company that owns a lot of intellectual property, it's Disney. Not only do Disney characters fall under its umbrella, but those from Pixar, Fox, Marvel, and Star Wars as well.

So, it makes sense for Disney to take full advantage of this for Speedstorm.

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A LOT TO CHOOSE FROM: There will be loads of characters available in Speedstorm

The cornerstones of Disney; Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy are in Speedstorm. Many characters are even voiced by the original voice actors.

Mulan's Mulan and Li Shang, Jungle Book's Mowgli and Baloo, both Belle and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast and both Meg and Hercules are all in Speedstorm.

Monsters, Inc. is one of the most beloved Pixar series out there. The first season of the game will include Mike, Sulley, Randall and Celia. Another franchise that has representation is Pirates, with Captain Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann included too.

There are a lot more characters already confirmed for Speedstorm. You can check all of these out in our Disney Speedstorm characters article!

Interestingly, there are no Star Wars, Fox nor Marvel characters in that list, but that could change later on. Although, there's no mention of these joining the party, having the likes of The Avengers and The Simpsons in Speedstorm would be massive from a sales perspective.

Tracks

Just like the characters, Disney has a lot to choose from when it comes to circuits and worlds to use for Speedstorm.

So far, we've had worlds from the Pirates of the Caribbean, Monster Inc, Jungle Book and Mulan all mentioned by name.

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Is this Disney's first foray into racing games?

When we think of Disney games, the first series that comes to mind is usually Kingdom Hearts. This classic RPG series was huge in the 2000s, but it's not a racing title. However, Disney did put their name to an excellent racer from the PS3/360 era.

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