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Trailblazers is a co-op racer about painting ever-changing tracks

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It's not often that a developer takes the words right out of my mouth, but developer Supergonk did just that when they, too, called Trailblazers "F-Zero meets Splatoon." It's a co-op racer where each team competes to paint the track with their color in order to gain a speed advantage—you move faster while driving in your color—and it's got delightfully over-the-top rocket cars. 

Trailblazers supports 3v3 online multiplayer and four-player local split-screen multiplayer, though you can also play by yourself in singleplayer challenges. Of course, its painting mechanic is more exciting in multiplayer where you can blaze a trail for your teammates to ride like a slipstream. You can also "capture key areas to dynamically change the racing line," presumably to skew the course in your color's favor. 

"Some drivers are paint-focused, whilst others are boost-focused," Trailblazers' official site (opens in new tab) reads, encouraging diverse team composition. There's also another interesting implication of the paint system: having one teammate sabotage the enemy's paint by deliberately keeping pace with them. Playing support in a racer: who would've thought?

Trailblazers will release this spring. Try not to confuse it with Trailmakers, a Steam Early Access sandbox racer about building wonky vehicles to tackle terrain challenges. 

Austin Wood
Austin Wood

Austin freelanced for PC Gamer, Eurogamer, IGN, Sports Illustrated, and more while finishing his journalism degree, and has been a full-time writer at PC Gamer's sister publication GamesRadar+ since 2019. They've yet to realize that his position as a staff writer is just a cover-up for his career-spanning Destiny column, and he's kept the ruse going with a focus on news, the occasional feature, and as much Genshin Impact as he can get away with.