Coming soon from Gameloft Barcelona is a new hero-based combat racing game–Disney Speedstorm. In it, players will careen down racetracks based on the many Disney and Pixar worlds in cars driven by the iconic characters that inhabit them.
Some of the characters initially available will be Captain Jack Sparrow, Mulan, Mickey Mouse, Sulley, the Beast, and more, with environments as varied as pirate ship docks, the Scare Floor, or the Great Wall of China.
Each character has its own set of specific skills to learn and master in order to make them competitive on the track. This is partly determined by the character’s driving class which can be one of several–in the demo I saw, we were introduced to the Trickster (Mulan,) Speedster (Mickey, Belle,) and Brawler (Hercules.) As a Trickster, Mulan gets an extra boost when she’s drifting in comparison to other classes, while Speedsters get more speed from running over speed pads
Drivers can also be upgraded on the basis of stats that can increase the effectiveness of their specific skills. Belle can cast an enchantment that causes magical furniture to appear on the track as an obstacle to others, while Hercules is accompanied by his flying steed Pegasus who creates a slipstream that boosts his speed and leaves his adversaries stuck.
Whether playing solo or multiplayer, racers can look forward to a game designed to be easy to get into, but difficult to master. Regular updates are planned with new additions of racers, environments, customizations, and collectibles, as the game adapts to feedback from the player base. The latest addition is the introduction of the brand-new Silver Screen track, inspired by the groundbreaking animated short, Steamboat Willie.
Players anxious to get their wheels rolling are invited to sign up for the Disney Speedstorm Closed Beta, which is now available on the Epic Games Store and Steam. More information can be found on the official website disneyspeedstorm.com along with the opportunity to pre-register for updates and sneak peeks.
Disney Speedstorm will be free-to-play and is scheduled to launch worldwide on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One consoles later this year.