Codemasters, the UK based game dev studio, known for their immensely successful series of racing games — Grid, Dirt, Colin McRae Rally series among others have announced the sequel to their arcadish-sim driving game, Race Driver:Grid. Grid 2 is set for a summer 2013 launch and will be available for the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 and the PC.
With a minute-long trailer, Grid 2 showcases the 2 new locations — Paris and Chicago and the furious pace of racing that is known to Grid veterans. With over 2 years of pre-production and development, Grid 2 will feature the newest version of Ego game engine and a new TrueFeel Handling System to achieve car handling which hits the sweet spot between arcade and simulation.
Grid 2 will feature tracks from the United States, Europe, and Asia, with cities including Paris, Abu Dhabi, and Miami. Multiplayer wise, Codemasters will bring in a RPG-style progression system with customization and integration with its online community portal, RaceNet.
Although not many details about the game are known, Codemasters’ interview with Eurogamer mentions that Grid 2 will no longer feature the in-car cockpit view – triggering an avalanche of angry reactions. A playable version is expected to available during this year’s Eurogamer Expo, from 27th to 30th September. Till then, enjoy Grid 2’s debut trailer.
For me, sports-based games are rather pointless because there’s one out every second year and I derive maximum enjoyment by either
Going the wrong way in a track and crashing into other cars in the most spectacular and absurd manner possible. (I’ve been doing this since Superbike 2000 and I believe it’s a remnant of the Road Rash days)
Using cheat codes to win a football/cricket/hockey(?) tourney 234782507 wins to 0 losses.
But of course, all this goes to show that I am not the target demographic, even if I am a Formula 1 fan (to some extent). Nevertheless, the latest official video game from the speeds-that-make-you-scream racing sport of Formula 1 has entered its closed beta and you can give it a try.
It is apparently one of those free-to-play online things. This is the latest scourge that has developed in the video game industry (quite akin to the 3D craze that has been doing the rounds in every Hollywood movie since Avatar) and it does not seem to be going away any time soon.
However, if racing cars with drivers around the world is your thing, and you do not mind astonishingly terrible lag (alright I am generalizing) you can sign yourself up for the closed beta here. However Codemasters (of GRID, DiRT fame) is developing this game so the racing will be quite fun.
Oh and they also released a trailer here. Do have a looksie!