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Team Sonic Racing delayed to spring 2019

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The series’ marquee 2018 title won’t arrive this year after all

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Team Sonic Racing, the latest racing collaboration between Sega and Sumo Digital, won’t launch later this year as originally planned. Instead, the game won’t arrive until May 21, 2019.

Sega announced today that it will hold back Sonic the Hedgehog’s latest game — the only new title in the franchise planned to launch on consoles this year — in order to work on improving it.

“During this additional time, Sega and Sumo Digital will continue to hone the title to enhance the player experience to ensure Team Sonic Racing delivers the best gameplay experience possible,” the publisher said.

“We understand that many fans were looking forward to a Winter release and apologize for any inconvenience caused.”

We played Team Sonic Racing during E3 2018, an experience that we found little to write home about. Unlike Sumo Digital’s Sega All-Stars Racing games, this arcade-y kart racer lacked the content and style to engage us. Of course, that was just a demo, but it doesn’t surprise us that there’s more work to be done on the game. However it turns out, fans will have to wait until mid-2019 for a new Sonic game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.