OK, I'm finding this very annoying ever since the delay of Team Sonic Racing was announced, I don't even know why Sonic fans didn't find the clues that are so obviously right in front of them this whole time. I tried explaining this multiple times, but they still keep bringing up their main point and don't even get mine at all. Now I'm here to fully explain why my reason is true and why Sega is just saying what we want to hear. So, why do I think Team Sonic Racing got delayed? Well, let's find out.
Let's begin with my thoughts on the game durring E3 before the delay was announced. Now, I've never played the game myself since I don't really live in the USA. The only access to E3 gameplay I have is stuff like YouTube. But from what I've been seeing back then, it looks awesome! The gameplay looks really fun and I do like the idea of the team mechanics and the idea of using the wisps as the kart racing items. The soundtrack is awesome as always, the only track you get to race through is a fun tract to race through and I do like the addition of adding in brand new dialog from the currant voice cast instead of recycled voice clips like the last racing games. To me, that was the biggest improvement they made since in the last racing games, all of the Sonic characters had their voice clips recycled from other games which was pretty lazy and it didn't even add in the fact that I'm playing a racing game. In here, the brand new voice clips added it the fact that you were playing a racing game where you were racing through the tract as a team.
Now, with all this promise this game gave, there's one thing about the game that I was worried about. Now, if I was a dumb Sonic fan, I would say it's because of the lack of playable characters and it would come out as a bad game. But those things don't even matter to me. The actual thing I was worried about is the original release date of the game and that when it finally hits the stores, it would be a failure due to major competition with two major games that everyone is hyped about in 2018 and are clearly more interested in playing the two games than they are interested in playing Team Sonic Racing. Those two games I'm talking about is Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Kingdom Hearts 3. Yep, that was my biggest concern about the game and for rightful reasons.
Luckily for me, when I first heard the announcement that they are going to delay the game to May 21st 2019, I was relieved about it. But right after hearing about this and hearing the fans' reactions, that's when I got annoyed. The only things I hear from the fans is "Good! It needs to be polished" or "I'm glad Sega learned their lesson" and more stuff like this and none of them even once mentioned anything about the major competition with Smash Ultimate and Kingdom Hearts 3 problem that I was worried about earlier that year, no "Now I can put my focus of those two games", no "I'm glad Smash Ultimate and KH3 won't overshadow Team Sonic Racing" nor anything like that. The only thing I hear from fans to why the game got delayed is to polish and fix up the game and that's it!
This is a major problem I have with the Sonic fans, it's like they put all their focus on what's going on in the Sonic community and Sega and don't even pay attention to what's happening in the video game industry and all those hyped up games coming from other major video game series and how they would affect the Sonic series. This would be exact like if there was a movie I wanted to see that looks really promising, but the only thing I'm worried about is if the movie would be a box-office bomb due to it being released around already hyped up movies that people are more interested in seeing than they are interested in seeing the movie I wanted to see. Then the film finally gets delayed, which would be a huge relief for me, but then I start seeing people saying that they're glad they saw the film getting delayed all because so that the filmmakers can polish the movie and make it better, even though the real reason was to avoid being overshadowed by the already hyped up films.
Yeah, I know that Sega did say that the game is delayed so that Sumo Digital can have more development time, but I think the real reason why Sega said that is they're just saying what the dumb Sonic fans want to hear from them and to make themselves look good at the same time. But I think Sega hasn't really learned their lesson here since I bet when the next Sonic game is announced after Team Sonic Racing, they'll release it on November and will stick with that release date no matter what like they always do. Also, if this game was made by Sonic Team, this reason would make sense and it would be a different story. But this game is coming from Sumo Digital, the same studio that made Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, two highly praised racing games that were really fun to play and are still considered as some of the best kart racing games ever made. I know the demo had mixed reviews, but so did the Sonic Forces demo, and yet, how come that game didn't even get delayed the same way Team Sonic Racing got delayed? Get my point?
Look, I know this might not be the best thing to bring up, but let's bring up two Tweets Clement made pretty recently. Look, I know he said that he's looking forward to Team Sonic Racing, but there are two Tweets he's made. One was about the best game from 2018 and the other is the game he's looking forward to play in 2019 and he didn't even put Team Sonic Racing on any of them, he put Super Smash Bros Ultimate on the number 1 spot of his best games of 2018 and he put Kingdom Hearts 3 on the number 1 spot for the best games he's looking forward to playing in 2019. This proofs that yeah, he did say that he's looking forward to Team Sonic Racing, but there are many games he's particularly excited for the most, two of them are the two games I keep bringing up throughout this. This same thing goes with many other gamers. Don't believe me? Here are the links to the Tweets as proof.twitter.com/ClementJ64/status/…twitter.com/ClementJ64/status/…
Look, I'm sure the game will be even better now since the delay, I do agree with that, but you guys should be a little bit more open minded on what's going on outside the Sonic community so that you see why the game needed to be delayed. It's not really to polish the game like Sega claims it's the reason, although it would give Sumo Digital the opportunity to do that, but it's really so that the game doesn't ended up getting overshadowed by Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Kingdom Hearts 3 and it would give the gamers plenty of time to play as much of those games as soon as they can until they get burned out after playing them so that they are ready to pick up Team Sonic Racing when it finally hits the shelves.