In late November, Sumo Digital Executive Producer Steve Lycett made SEGA fans an offer they couldn’t refuse. If the fans could pull together and organize a legitimate character poll, complete with accurate tracking and strong numbers, Steve would present the data to SEGA in hopes of character DLC for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Steve stressed that this was not a promise that there would be DLC, however a recent update from Steve on the SEGA forums (going by his handle “S0L”) implies that things are moving forward on DLC and a character has been chosen by SEGA. In Steve’s words:
Actually… We got approval for a specific character this morning. But that’s all I can say right now…
Details and speculation after the break.
So, who is Racer X? The results yielded seven strong contenders: Ryo Hazuki, Hatsune Miku, Segata Sanshiro, Vectorman, Bayonetta, Ristar, and ToeJam & Earl. Each of these characters obtained over 1,000 votes, with Ryo and Miku beating the top contenders with 3,379 and 3,180 respectively. Who is the “specific character”? Who knows! But in my opinion it is most likely Ryo Hazuki. SEGA hasn’t been shy with selling Shenmue products in the past few years, with the Insert Coin clothing and the upcoming First4Figures statue. Also, SEGA reps have hinted at Shenmue being next in like for a Heritage Collection rerelease. Releasing Ryo as a DLC character in 2013, to coincide with a Shenmue rerelease would be a wise move.
As for Miku, unfortunately the character just does not have enough of a presence in the West. Miku games are almost exclusive to Japan, and the only way the character could have a chance is if SEGA makes Miku DLC in the West, and puts her on the disc of the Japanese release of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Personally I am against the character, as many SEGA forum members reported that Miku got votes by way of Miku fan sites stuffing the ballot, with little interest of the game itself and only wanting to see the character win a poll.
Who do you think Racer X is? It’s not Speed’s brother. Sound off below and in our forums!