Gameloft’s free-to-play racing game Disney Speedstorm has already been compared to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe numerous times. With its character-focused runs and themed tracks, it was unavoidable, especially on Switch! But, in an interview with Nintendo Everything, the developer wants to establish what makes this title stand out from Nintendo’s kart racing giant.
While Mario Kart 8 has different types of karts, stats, and even racer weights, Disney Speedstorm will have four different classes. When asked what makes this game “stand out,” Gameloft Barcelona game manager Aska Suzuki came up with this unique item first:
“In Disney Speedstorm, characters aren’t just divided into general types. We’ve given them one of four classes: Speedster, Brawler, Trickster, and Defender to support the strong combat racing element of this game. Momentum management is really important.” , and each class generates extra boost in different ways, like a brawler who gets extra boost by stunning other racers, or a sprinter who gets extra boost by going through boost pads.This provides the opportunity for very strategic runs if players they want to compete that way.”
Not only does the class change how the character runs, it also affects how you get extra boosts, adding an extra layer of strategy to the game! Sounds like a really interesting difference, especially with the focus on “combat” and confrontation. So we’ll be racing against all of our least favorite Disney characters so we can justify crashing into them on the race track!
But that is not the only unique element. Suzuki went on to explain what other kinds of differences they bring to the table:
“Also, individual characters not only have special abilities, but are preloaded with specific power-ups, so a cheat character will be more inclined to get items that negatively impact other racers, or a defender might get more defensive items. that, each power-up can be charged up to perform a different action! More than any other racing game I can think of, choosing characters in Disney Speedstorm is closer to choosing a character in a MOBA game.”
This game item is similar to Mario Kart Double Dash!!, but instead of just having unique abilities, you are also more likely to get items that suit your playstyles. We still don’t know what items and abilities these are, but it looks like character selection will go beyond just choosing your favorite Disney and Pixar character.
Of course, Disney Speedstorm is a live service game with seasonal content, and Suzuki outlined a few things that will be added to the game once it’s available:
“…players will have access to regular new content through updates and season passes. New racers from Disney and Pixar will be added regularly to Disney Speedstorm, bringing special abilities for you to master (or beat) and unique tracks to power through.” New strategies in The Mix Support team characters, environments, customization options, and collectibles will also appear regularly, so there’s always more to experience.”
Without a doubt, this is something that differentiates the game from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, something that could worry many. However, despite there being special events and season passes, Suzuki reiterated that “all characters can be unlocked through gameplay”, while also finding items to help level up your chosen character.
There will be specific events focused on a single Disney or Pixar movie, or others focused on certain characters. So Gameloft plans to go all out for the game.
Disney Speedstorm is due out sometime this summer. We’ll let you know as soon as we have an official release date. Have you decided whether to download the game? Do you think the combat racing elements will make this one stand out? Let us know below!