post on RaceDepartment
says Simbin is working on GTR 3 using Unreal Engine 4
with the plan of launching the racing simulation next year for Windows, Xbox
One, and PlayStation 4 (thanks
). They report learning about this during a recent visit to the
offices of Simbin, a reconstituted version of the studio that declared
bankruptcy a couple
of years ago
. The new Simbin is operating with the assistance of Sector 3,
the company that reformed out of the ashes of the original Simbin. The plan is
to create a game that will manage to appeal to a more casual console audience
while simultaneously satisfying the desire to deliver another accurate
simulation to PC gamers. Here's a bit on how they hope to accomplish this:
When pushed on the subject of the direction for GTR 3, Speed confirmed
both casual and serious sim racers will be catered for with the new sim.
"The plan will be at some point to branch off" said Allan. "It will be
proper simulation but for the console version the casual user is just as
important. At some point RaceRoom will switch over to the technology we are
creating and we'll just take that a different route, as in simulation with
support for both console and PC."
Adding to those comments, Chris Speed (Sector3 CEO) who is also heavily
involved in the new venture with his brother and Simbin Studio Head Allan,
elaborated on the direction of the new game:
"I think another point we need to take note of is, whilst the PC
community would love this hard core simulation thing which is fine, as Allan
said there is a console community that aren't going to fully adhere to that.
The product at the end of the day needs to appeal to both sides, hardcore
racer as awell and the casual gamer. A game that does that really really
well is Formula One. I can have fantastic fun in the simulator on PC and I
can have just as much fun as a casual gamer on a console. They do it really
well. I'm not saying that's something we are going to follow completely, I'm
just saying that they've done it and it's possible... The best way to put it
is neither side will be forgotten."