By Steve Wright
GAME NAME: Grid 2
PLATFORM(S): PC, PS3, Xbox 360
RELEASE DATE(S): Winter 2013
Codemasters announced yesterday that Grid 2 is in production and set for a 2013 launch on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
Says Codemasters, "Grid 2 will challenge players to be fast, be first and be famous as they enter a stunning new world of competitive motorsport. In pre-production for two years, Grid 2 is now in full development on the latest evolution of the award-winning EGO Game Technology Platform. Following the success of Grid, which set new standards for damage, AI, visuals and introduced the Flashback time rewind feature - now adopted by many racing games – Grid 2 will again raise the gameplay and technological bar for motorsport gaming and remain true to the series’ core value – it’s all about the race."
“Grid’s back and we’re going to make street, track and road racing exciting again,” said Clive Moody, Executive Producer. “The core design philosophy for Grid 2 is that we treat the race as a character, not a consequence of simply putting cars on tracks. Everything that goes into the game impacts on that second-to-second, in the moment, blockbuster drama – the feel and personality of the race.”
“We’re pushing boundaries once again with what can be accomplished in the genre via new tools, technology and innovations. In single-player, split-screen and online, the next-generation of the EGO Game Technology Platform will power graphics, AI, handling and damage advancements that will immerse players in the racing experience like never before. Like its predecessor, GRID 2 will put the sheer thrill and adrenaline rush of the race at the heart of the experience. It’s what we call Total Race Day Immersion.”
GRID 2 will also integrate with RaceNet, an online community portal for Codemasters Racing games which tracks player’s stats and friends.