Sega Announces Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed

Because Sonic sometimes isn't fast enough, Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed! Okay, I'll dial it down a bit.

As the title implies, Sonic and his friends pit each other in races with vehicles that can ride on land, on water, and in the air, completely transforming into cars, boats, and planes.

David Corless, Global Sonic Brand Director, is confident that this will be a strong sequel for Sonic:

Given the fantastic feedback we received from critics and consumers alike for the first game, we really wanted to push the boundaries on our follow up game, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The transforming vehicles allow us to do this – as well as drifting your car around the corners of a track, you get to fly your plane and pilot your boat against others all within one race.  Add to this a grid full of star characters, retro IP, fun, fast race modes and cool tracks and racing fans of all ages are sure to love this one!

Racing "daringly and stylishly" will raise the racer's All-Star bar for a special character-based power-up, and every weapon can now be blocked or evaded.

Sega & All-Stars Racing Transformed will be available on Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, 3DS, and PC Digital Download for 2012.

Sega is also looking for Jet Set Radio-themed artwork that will be placed in the, who would've guessed, the Jet Set Radio racetrack in the game. Rules and additional information can be found here.