Nickelodeon Kart Racers will only allow local battles, and the characters revealed during the game’s initial announcement will comprise of the full roster.
The PlayStation blog posted a write-up on some of the upcoming features of the very fun looking Nickelodeon Kart Racers. In the comments section of the blog, some further details about the racing game emerged.
Adam Johnston, the Creative Director of Bamtang Games, responded to some fans’ questions about Nickelodeon Kart Racers.
In speaking of online play, Johnston stated “We have made this game for 4 x local multiplayer to be able to maximize the features for most players. If we had gone with online-multiplayer then we would have had to nerf some aspects of pickups, attacks and Arena mode combat to account for lag. By keeping the gameplay local, we are able to make the game better for local multiplayer, which we think is the majority of kart racing sessions. Racing in multiplayer mode is fun, but the three different Arena battle modes seemed to be the favorite with testers.”
Johnston then went on to clarify what the character roster would be for Nickelodeon Kart Racers. As fan Rider8D related, there has been “some confusion on whether there are 12 characters in the game or if there are 12 represented franchises in the game.” Most outlets, ourselves included, reported that the four franchises, Sponge-Bob SquarePants, Rugrats, TMNT, and Hey! Arnold, would be accompanied by eight more franchises.
To clarify, Johnston responded “Hi Rider8D[,] 12 playable characters. thanks for asking.”
When asked if there are going to be any other characters brought in through DLC, Johnston stated that fans should “Keep asking! The more you ask, the more likely DLC will happen! We have a load of characters that we’d love to add to this game too.”
While the news of the game not having online play and a smaller roster than we initially thought makes me feel a little less hot on the title, I’m still excited to pick up the inevitably fun Nickelodeon Kart Racers. The game releases on October 23 for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One, and retails for a reasonable $39.99.