Here at racing games, we have our favourite game series that we're always excited to see a new instalment of. When a new series emerges though, this usually piques our interest too. That's definitely the case for Disney Speedstorm, which was revealed at Nintendo Direct last night.
Disney 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!
Disney have 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's about to change this year with Speedstorm. Which consoles Speedstorm will be coming to isn't clear, but the Switch and PC are all but confirmed.
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.
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.
Each character also has "unique skills" which can have a great income on the outcome of each race. 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.
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.
There will be more upon release, but so far we've got the following characters confirmed for Speedstorm:
- Mickey Mouse
- Captain Jack Sparrow
- The Beast
- Donald Duck
Some others can be seen in the background of images, but it's hard to make many of them out.
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.
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.
Again, like the characters, more will be revealed later on. Some screenshots appear to suggest that worlds from movies like Hercules and The Little Mermaid could make an appearance too.
Is this Disney's first foray into racing games?
No, far from it. 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.
Split/Second: Velocity was one of the most underrated and underappreciated games of this generation. The title was a commercial flop, and a sequel was cancelled, but critics and those that did play it loved the title.
We're hoping that Speedstorm is both a critical and commercial success, as this game has huge potential if done correctly.
Speedstorm has also received an announcement trailer, which you can watch below: