Allowing gamers to create their own courses is an idea that intrigues Mario Kart 8 producer Hideki Konno, but the difficulty involved in doing so is the main reason that functionality remains only an idea for the future.
Providing gamers with the tools to design Mario Kart tracks is "a fun feature" and something Konno has "been interested in for a long time," he said during a GDC roundtable last table. "However, with Mario Kart, course creation is key to the series, and it's really tough."
Konno continued, "This is the eighth game in the series and when we work on a Mario Kart title, we work on courses and we create them and then we work on them again, and again, and again, and we revise until we come up with something that we think is going to be fun for everyone to play over and over again. So we have a lot of confidence in our ability to do so, but we understand what a tough challenge it is to create those courses."
Beyond the challenge of designing courses is the matter of allowing players to do so in a rewarding way.
"I just don't know that at this point we're able to do that at a level that would satisfy anyone, myself included, or the customer," Konno said. "Someday, if we can come up with a solution and implement in a way that makes everyone happy, or we think will make everyone happy, we'll come back to that issue and maybe re-address it."
Konno added some extra hope to the prospect of seeing such a feature in the future, stating, "We're always optimistic and thinking about what we're going to do in the future."
Mario Kart 8 releases on May 30 for Wii U