The latest issue of Famitsu included information about a new racing game by Sega featuring Sonic and his friends. The game is called Sonic Riders and features all your favorites: Sonic the Hedgehog, Knuckles the Echidna, Storm the Albatross, Jet the Hawk, Miles "Tails" Prower, and Web the Swallow. Gamers will compete for a Chaos Emerald in a speed challenge set up by Dr. Robotnik.
The board runs on air. You can fill your air at various points during the game, but you must also get air by performing tricks on your board throughout the course. You also want to use turbulence from racers in front of you in order to get speed or make your board leap into the air. When you are using turbulence, you don’t use your air supply. Yet, the downside of using turbulence is that players can knock you off course by creating irregularity in their turbulence.
Sega is promising a lot of game play with numerous tracks like Splash Canyon, Egg Factory, Green Cave, and Sandy Ruin along with different modes including two and our player split screen. Sega is promising the game will be an "eXtreme" experience. The game has a planned winter release in Japan for the Xbox, PS2, and GameCube.