This is going to be a short post for this one and the first gaming announcement for 2014. And there is some Big News to those getting Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed. Starting on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014, S&ASRT will be released on the App Store on iOS and the Google Play Store for Android. This just came in at 11 AM EST (8 AM PST) on Facebook[1] and Twitter[2] with an announcement announcing the game will be released. And by the way, Did I mentioned that Ryo Hazuki from Shenmue is coming, too? Yup. Before this just came in, Sega has released some teaser photos that may give us a hint that Ryo will come to ASRT as well. And of course, for online multilayer, Game Center will be used on the iOS version for multilayer but in addition, we should expect multilayer to be used on Android via Google Play Games Services as well.

So for all of you wait for this to come, are you guys pumped up for this? Hoping this mobile version of the game is good to play? Feel free to comment if you want. As we get word from other sources, I will edit this post if any updates occur.

UPDATE (Jan. 1, 2014 7:01 PM EST; Jan. 2 12:01 AM UTC):TSSZ News just revived word that New Zealand got the game first. Most of you will get it right now, but here's what the description says (this is from the App Store):

It’s Not Just Racing… it’s Racing Transformed!

Race as Sonic and a host of legendary All-Stars and prepare to transform! Speed across land, sea and air in a high velocity battle to the finish line, as your amazing transformable vehicle changes from car to boat to plane mid-race. Racing on mobile will never be the same again!

LEGENDARY RACERS Race as 10 legendary racers at launch each with their own unique transformable vehicle. Plus many more All-Stars coming soon!

DYNAMIC TRACKS Take to land, sea & air as you race through dynamically changing courses. Discover alternate routes, find new power-ups and avoid emerging hazards as you race to victory – every track feels different.

DESIGNED FOR MOBILE A brand new World Tour has been designed for gaming on the go, plus Daily and Weekly Challenges test your racing prowess.

ULTIMATE MOBILE MULTIPLAYER Take on your friends in ultracompetitive 4-player races, both online and locally. Plus challenge your friends’ best times to show them who is the best.

SOCIALLY CONNECTED Comprehensive Facebook integration – see your friends’ profile pics on the track and take them down.

MULTIPLE CONTROLS Choose to play with touch or tilt controls, or even use a controller to race!

Plus, there is some screenshots on the game as well. If you want to read that article and see the screenshots click here.

I also got some footage from a youtube channel called TouchGameplay. The video is shown below. Also, expect Game Center to be available on the iOS version.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed - Universal - HD Gameplay Trailer20:01

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed - Universal - HD Gameplay Trailer

UPDATE (Jan. 1, 2014 9:08 PM EST; Jan. 2 2:08 AM): Another report from TSSZ claims that it should be on Google Play and on the App Store by Thursday Morning (Most of you who are not in the Americas right now should be able to buy it right now) but I have found out the cost is going to be US$4.99 or in a foreign equlivent.[3] HOWEVER, Please note that if you have iOS, you may need to have ENOUGH ROOM TO PLAY IT. AND YES, I am Serious. You must have at least 1.01 GB to play it. It's a very huge file so I highly recommended you download it thru Wi-fi and not thru 4G or something else (since that's slow plus you may have you're carrier charging you a couple bucks or something unless you are on Sprint, T-Mobile or similar.) Plus, You must have iOS 7 on your iOS device plus if you have external controllers, that will work as well.. And like Sonic Dash, you can be able to unlock all of the feature without paying a dime out of it. If you want to unlock everything, that will cost you around US$8.99.

UPDATE (Jan. 2, 4:05 PM EST; 9:05 PM): So for iOS users, it's now here. You might have read another post from Shadowunleashed13, but as of today, it's now available for iOS devices. If you want to get it for your iOS device click here (US).

As for Android users... It's not on Google Play, yet. According to Soinc's Facebook (from a recent photo which I cannot show it to you, for now.) and twitter page[4], they may expect the Android version of the game to be released "[very] soon." This might explain why I cross it out because of this. However, there has been replies to a few people that game should come "later today". I don't know when, but it should come up by possibly this evening for all of the Americas and by Tomorrow (January 3rd, 2013) for everywhere else. I know many are kind of impatient but please wait for a bit. I will post another blog post as soon as the Android version is there, but for now, ASRT is coming today for Android users. I might expect some reviews on the mobile version of the game but for now, I'll do that later today.

UPDATE (10:03 PM EST; Jan 3, 3:04 AM): The Ryo DLC will be an Mobile Exclusive... For now. All others who want to get it on Steam/PC, and on the Consoles which will include the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, and others, you must wait.[5] Plus I have noticed some people are really not liking the excessive use of in-app purchases (or IAPs). I also gotten reviews from Pocket Gamer and Destructoid. Both of the reviews say that the game is very good to play but Destructoid hated the game's use on IAPs. As of Right now, the game is not on Android yet but unfortently, their is a one day delay on the Android version so it should show up on Google Play tomorrow or so. We'll have to wait and see.

UPDATE (Jan. 3 2:58 PM EST; 7:58 PM UTC): S&ARST is now on Google Play. So I was right that many would have to wait until tommorow for this to come. However, there's is something you must know before you still before you get your hands into this game. If you want to know it, click here.