Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has awesome realistic physics that affect your driving!

If you have been paying attention to All-Stars Racing Transformed interviews from Sumo digital you would know that they talk a lot about how advanced and complex the physics are but never go into detail. So I asked S0L and got a good answer…

It all runs under full physics, whether car, boat or plane. We wanted to do this so the behaviour was more predictable, since last time we cheated and faked a lot of it. It adds a whole heap of depth of control as a side effect, plus it means you’ll got consistent vehicle behaviour.

The water also is a dynamic surface, so waves affect the boats, splashes and explosions too. Between the physics there and the rendering (making water look like water means a lot of effects!) this is why we opted for a capped framerate of 30. In order to get to 60, we’d have to pull back on the graphical look of the game a lot, and when we’re doing a whole new engine to make it look as good as it does, you have to make this compromise.

No-one complained about the framerate at Play Expo at any rate 😛


So yeah, sounds really good! This physics will make the game feel more like a racing game, rather than a small kart game, which is something else that Sumo Digital also likes to brag about.


3 responses to “Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has awesome realistic physics that affect your driving!

  1. Teflon02 says:

    I gotta see the PS Vita version

  2. -nSega54- says:

    30 frames per second I guess is fine…I mean, 60 would be better but I guess 30 is okay if it stays at that level……if it dips below 30 at all, then that’s a major issue. If it’s 30 it has to stay at 30, hopefully it does.

  3. SkyBlue says:

    I’m actually very interested in this, so it’s good at you’ve asked that question.

    Although the water segments seem to be shorter on each track so far…

    I wonder whether the vehicles can tip over like a real vehicle if you hit the surface in such an awkward way to tip realistically?

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