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Disney Speedstorm Dev Diary – Upgrade Parts Improvements
Oct 12, 2023
DEV DIARIES
A deep dive on the recent updates to Upgrade Parts

Hey SpeedStars!

In our most recent Season 4 Improvement Community Pit Stop we outlined some improvements to the Upgrade Parts system in the game. Those changes are now live in-game and we wanted to dig a little deeper into why we made those changes here. 


We received feedback from the community that the previous Upgrade Parts system was difficult to keep track of due to the amount of different Upgrade Parts needed to level up Racers. We took this feedback on board with the aim of simplifying and streamlining the whole system. 


We would like to thank our amazing community for their feedback that helped us improve this system. The input of our player’s is integral to taking Disney Speedstorm from strength to strength. 


The main improvements to the system are outlined in the bullet points below and we go into more detail on important aspects in the rest of the Dev Diary. 
• The total number of different Upgrade Parts used to level up Racers was reduced from 15 to 10. 
• The rarity of Upgrade Parts now better reflect their importance. 
• The new system gives players more freedom when upgrading Racers from Level 1-15 as Collection based Upgrade parts are not required at these levels.
• Upgrade Parts now have more detailed tags and descriptions explaining their usefulness, with several Upgrade Parts also receiving visual improvements. 


LEVELING UP


It was imperative for us to ensure that players were not negatively affected by the new system. We wanted the experience of upgrading Racers to feel familiar for experienced players, but also simpler for new players and veterans alike. 
You may notice that less Upgrade Parts are awarded to players, but this is coupled with the fact that Racers now require fewer Upgrade Parts in total to level up. As a result, the pace that you will upgrade Racers has not changed.

After the conversion to the new system some of your Upgrade Parts will now be required at higher levels than previously. This may mean you cannot use the aforementioned Upgrade Parts immediately, but once you reach these higher levels, you’ll already have some useful materials banked and ready to use.

 

UPGRADE PARTS CONVERSION


At the start of Season 4, all existing players will have had their current inventory of old Upgrade Parts converted into the new Upgrade Parts. We tried to design the conversion system in a way that ensured players' Upgrade Parts inventories maintained the same utility.


Some Early Access players may have lost progress due to the streamlined Upgrade Parts system, as a result, we rolled out a gift on October 4 to address this. We attempted to make the conversion as close to 1:1 as possible but this was not achievable in all cases, e.g. License Plates. 


The table below illustrates how old Upgrade Parts were converted into the new system. The key change is the removal of Collection-based Upgrade Parts between Upgrade Levels 1-15, giving players much more flexibility with how they choose to upgrade their Racers early on. 

UNIVERSAL UPGRADE PARTS (ALL RACERS)

PREVIOUS SYSTEM

NEW SYSTEM

RACING FLAG

ENERGY DRINK

ALARM CLOCK
ACTION FIGURE
SHIP IN A BOTTLE
TEAPOT
EVENING GLOVES
WOODEN CLUB
MY 1ST VISIT BUTTON
SCREAM CANISTER
ALPHABET BLOCKS
BIG WHEEL BIKE

 

 

 

ENERGY DRINK DUO

CONE
GAS TANK
DRIVER'S LICENSE

ENERGY DRINK TRIO

RACER CLASS UPGRADE PARTS

TURBO BOOSTER (SPEEDSTER)

RACING KICKS

NITRO TANK (TRICKSTER)

RACING SHADES

ENHANCED BUMPER (BRAWLER)

RACING GLOVES

CHASSIS REINFORCEMENT (DEFENDER)

RACING HELMET


The table below illustrates the conversion from the point of view of the Mickey and Friends Collection using Racer Mickey Mouse as an example. The key change is the complete removal of Racer Class-based Collection Upgrade Parts, which also gives players more freedom when upgrading their Racers at the highest levels. 

UNIVERSAL UPGRADE PARTS (MICKEY MOUSE)

PREVIOUS SYSTEM

NEW SYSTEM

RACING FLAG

ENERGY DRINK

WRENCH
ALARM CLOCK

ENERGY DRINK DUO

CONE
GAS TANK
DRIVER'S LICENSE

ENERGY DRINK TRIO

RACER CLASS UPGRADE PART (SPEEDSTER)

TURBO BOOSTER

RACING KICKS

COLLECTION UPGRADE PARTS (MICKEY & FRIENDS)

DOG BONE

ALARM CLOCK

HAT & BATON

DOG BONE

BIRTHDAY CAKE
SUITCASE
TROMBONE
MUSIC SHEET & STAND
RESCUE FLOAT

 

HAT & BATON

 

UPGRADE PART CATEGORIES

UNIVERSAL UPGRADE PARTS


Universal Upgrade Parts can be used to level up any* Racer. 
•    These Upgrade parts are very common and are required at lower levels. 
*Each Racer Class (Speedster, Defender, Brawler, Tricksters) also has dedicated Universal Upgrade Parts. 


COLLECTION UPGRADE PARTS


Collection Upgrade Parts can be used to level up Racers from a specific Collection (Mickey & Friends, Monsters, Inc. etc)
•    These Upgrade parts are less common and are required at intermediate to high levels. 


RACER UPGRADE PARTS


Racer Upgrade Parts can be used to level up specific Racers only. (Mickey Mouse, Woody etc) 
•    These Upgrade parts are rare and are required to reach the highest Racer levels.  

 

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