Since Super Mario Kart took Super Nintendo by storm thirty years ago, there have been hundreds of games that have tried to follow in its wake with all kinds of results. We have seen characters from Nickelodeon, Disney and even from the Crash Bandicoot or Sonic sagas racing in karts, but nothing has ever been able to stand up to our friends from the Mushroom Kingdom.
Open world, destroyed parts
However, LEGO has set to work to put all its pieces together and create a competitor to match: LEGO 2K Drive, which will bring together the toy construction magnate with 2K, responsible for sagas like Bioshock or NBA 2K. The weirdest thing is that it has not only been announced as a racing game, but also… Open world!
At the moment, besides some images, only the name of the first tracks where we will race has been leaked: Runaway Roundabout, Rapid Falls, Swampus, Cat Scratch Freeway, Down on the Farm, Glazed Overdrive, Headless Horsepower and Chasm Crossing. How will the classic kart tracks fit in with the open world concept? That is something that nobody knows yet, but in the menus of the game it has been possible to see the indication of “Shared World” that perhaps unites, in an online way, all the circuits.
Of course, and this should come as no surprise to anyone, 2K is already planning on how to monetize the game with in-game purchases. Since it’s still in the testing process, we’re still a while away from seeing it. It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time LEGO has been attracted to the smell of burning tire on asphalt (so to speak): LEGO Racers was already a hit on Nintendo 64, and Drome Racers, set in the future and dangerous year 2015, made its appearance on PlayStation 2, GameCube and Game Boy Advance.
Ready to leave the asphalt full of blocks?