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Sega teases new Sonic Racing

The teaser ... goes fast

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

At the end of today’s Sonic the Hedgehog panel at South by Southwest, Sega teased what appears to be a new Sonic racing game. Unfortunately, that 22-second teaser video doesn’t tell us much, other than that Sonic and cars are likely involved.

The teaser consists of some car engines revving and the silhouette of a logo. A stylized R — the same R from the logo for Sega Saturn racing game Sonic R — is highlighted, and that’s about it.

Sega’s YouTube upload of the video isn’t much help. It calls the project “Top secret.”

Sonic, who’s in the business of going fast, has raced in vehicles before. While Sonic R was an on-foot racing game, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed put Sonic and friends into high-speed karts and other vehicles. The vibe of the new Sonic racing game seems a bit ... speedier than a kart racer.