Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed has been officially revealed by Sumo Digital. As well as being a bit of a mouthful, this new karting title will act as a sequel to the well-received 2010 racer, and allow players to leave the ground for the first time. We've got more details and a trailer below.
A Panzer Dragoon track, for example, allows players to exploit airborne shortcuts, whereas other courses feature water-based sections. In contrast to Mario Kart 7's cosmetic environments, handling will drastically change when you transform (hence the name) your kart into a plane or boat, requiring a different set of skills and mechanics. Since many courses feature multiple routes, working out which surface and vehicle will give you a time advantage will be a major consideration.
Completing races will unlock character-specific points to spend on vehicle upgrades and cosmetic modifications - and SEGA has made a conscious effort to make the cars "a little cooler" this time around. New characters include Skies of Arcadia's Vyse and Gilius Thunderhead from Golden Axe.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed has been confirmed for PS3, 360, 3DS, Vita, and PC digital download in late 2012.