SEGA has confirmed that there are no plans to release downloadable content for Team Sonic Racing and reiterated that the kart racer does not have microtransactions.
This, it is reasoned, is because developer Sumo Digital wanted to make sure that all the content that would be in the game would be available to players “right at launch.”
“So, there’s two things [that] I want to talk about for Team Sonic Racing real quick. Because I think they’re important to talk about. The first is DLC. And there were a couple of options, and option one was to essentially take content and sell it as DLC later and that was not something that I think the team wanted to do,” Sonic the Hedgehog senior social media manager Aaron Webber explained in a live stream.
“The team is in a case – and I kind of prefer this – which is just all the content that’s gonna be in the game is there right at launch. So, we’re not going to charge you like $3 later for characters that were cut out of the game or anything. It’s all there. And, you’ll unlock everything as you’re going through.
“The other thing that is of key importance, I think, are called the Mod Pods. And the Mod Pods are the way you unlock parts and customization and color pallets and all that in the game. This is a system that does not use real money, it does not use microtransactions of any sort. And we thought that was really important.
“So, it’s completely random and you earn the currency as you play the game. So, the more that you race – whether you win or lose – you’re earning this currency and you can cash that in through these Mod Pods which give you like boosts at the beginning of a race like Wisps or give you the car parts that you can then change and dye and all that.
“We did not want to do the microtransaction route at all, and that’s why we’ve got this different angle. Which, personally, I think is a lot better, but we’ll leave it up to you guys to obviously voice your opinions on it too, and hopefully everyone’s cool with that route.”
Team Sonic Racing will release at retail and on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide on May 21st.