Disney and Gameloft Barcelona have announced arcade races on minicars with the participation of characters from Disney and Pixar cartoons – Disney Speedstorm. Who said Mario Kart?!
Characters include Mulan, Mickey Mouse, Sally, Baloo, Captain Jack Sparrow, Beast, Donald Duck, and other iconic heroes, each with their own abilities and special moves. Just like in the you-know-what game copying Disney Speedstorm, each character has a weapon, and power-ups and dynamic objects are scattered around the track.
The routes will be thematic, in the style of individual cartoons. Local and network multiplayer and crossplay are supported. Customization, multiple types of in-game currency, and season passes are included. It’s Disney and Gameloft, what else did you expect?!
Disney Speedstorm will be released on April 18, 2023, in Early Access on Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series S|X, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Windows PC (Steam and Epic Games Store). A Founder’s Pack with bonus money and character skins is already available on some platforms.
The price is quite high. Standard Founder’s Pack – UAH 1,099, Deluxe Founder’s Pack – UAH 1,839, Ultimate Founder’s Pack – UAH 2,569. At the same time, it is not at all clear whether, for example, the game itself will be free after release. We will wait for April 18.
As a reminder, recently Gameloft suddenly closed its studio in Hungary, motivating this by shifting focus to the PC and console segments. Looks like Disney Speedstorm is one example of Gameloft’s new approach.