Studios to shift race gaming to a higher gear with Race Driver GRID
announces GRID will be the next racing simulation from the folks behind the
Colin McRae, so it's possible that the rally driver's untimely death may have
ended his namesake series, though this game seems focused primarily on paved
tracks and roads. The new game is in development for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 for
release in the middle of next year. Here's word:
announced Race Driver: GRID™ as the full and official title for the game
introduced under the working title of Race Driver One. Race Driver: GRID is the
new racing experience from Codemasters Studios, creators of Colin McRae: DiRT™
and the Race Driver™ series, and is set to deliver a step-change in the racing
Coming mid 2008, Race Driver: GRID is set to capture every moment from the
starting grid to the chequered flag and concentrate those moments into an
intense and dramatic race experience. Race Driver: GRID is being developed for
the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, the
PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Games for Windows®.
" Race Driver: GRID is all about the race." said Gavin Raeburn, Executive
Producer at Codemasters Studios. "The next iteration of our DiRT engine combined
with a decade of experience in developing driving games enables us to put the
player at the centre of the action like never before. Damage, packed grids,
intelligent opposition and unprecedented race day atmosphere will combine to
deliver an experience like no other.
Says Ralph Fulton, Chief Game Designer. " GRID focuses on everything that
happens between the start grid and the chequered flag: the drama, the rivalries,
the aggression and the crashes. This is not a game about collecting cars or
spending all of your time in the front-end tuning suspension settings or
designing liveries. We want to make racing exciting again."
Race Driver: GRID will take players to beautifully realised and dramatic race
locations over three continents to compete in an unprecedented variety of racing
events. Packed with the most powerful race cars – new and classic, circuit and
drift – players will compete to conquer the most prestigious official race
tracks and championships and then go beyond to compete in challenging city-based
competitions, through to road events and urban street races.
In Europe, race gamers will compete on the greatest official tracks in prestige
Marques including Aston Martin, Koenigsegg and Pagani.
Iconic cities across the U.S. – including San Francisco, Washington DC and
Detroit and each with their own atmosphere and events – play hosts to diverse
street races. Here, high-performance V8 muscle cars set the pace in aggressive
closely fought pack competitions.
In the Far East, Japanese racing culture sets the tone where night races,
including Drift racing, take drivers through neon illuminated cities and to
outlying mountain roads. There is also the opportunity to compete in races that
operate on the fringes of legality in the back streets and industrial areas of
Race Driver: GRID is coming mid 2008 for the Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system and
Games for Windows. To register for future driver briefings and get a place on
the grid, be sure to visit