Codemasters official unveils GRID 2 for 2013

They teased it over the past week but today it’s official. GRID 2 is coming in 2013 to bring track and street racing back to the console and PC crowd using the well-known EGO technology that has paved the way for Codemasters over the years. Check out the trailer for awesome goodness and the full press release after that for the current details direct from CM.

Press release:

THE RACE RETURNS IN 2013 – GET READY FOR TOTAL RACE DAY IMMERSION AS CODEMASTERS® UNVEILS GRID®2™

Be Fast, Be First, Be Famous – GRID 2 Trailer Makes Stunning Debut at www.GRIDGAME.com

Los Angeles, Calif. – August 8, 2012 – Codemasters® today announced that GRID® 2™, the long-awaited sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, critically acclaimed GRID™, is in production at Codemasters Racing Studios and set for a 2013 launch for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC.

Revealing the first of the game’s new locations, including Chicago and Paris, the debut GRID 2 trailer video is now showing at www.gridgame.com and captures a snapshot of the relentless, high-impact aggressive thrills that lie at the core of GRID 2’s cinematic race experience.

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 values – 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.”

In an expansive career mode, players will experience aggressive wheel-to-wheel racing against advanced AI where each spectacular race unfolds with cinematic immersion. Building on the handling model from GRID, the new TrueFeel Handling System will use real physics to hit a sweetspot between accessibility and simulation and deliver handling that is approachable yet challenging to master.

Going behind the wheel of a handpicked selection of automotive icons spanning four decades and three continents – North America, Europe and Asia – players will race their way to the top of a new, evolving world of motorsport. From Paris to Abu Dhabi, Miami to the sun-kissed California coast and beyond, beautifully created city streets, licensed circuits and edge-of-control mountain roads will become home to the most visceral and exhilarating races in gaming.

GRID 2 will also set new standards for a racing multiplayer experience with an entirely distinct and extensive gameplay component and unique progression system. Deep customisation options and integration with RaceNet* – the online community portal for Codemasters Racing games which tracks player’s races, rewards and rivals – will offer further immersion and connectivity in GRID 2’s new world of motorsport.

DiRT Showdown showcases destruction mode in new trailer

Love smashing up cars? The new destruction trailer for DiRT Showdown shows how violent you’ll be getting in these environments. From traditional dirt bowl wreckage to elevated death match battles where the roughest car wins. While I haven’t been the biggest fan of the whole shift to demolition derby, this one might actually cement my interest given the variety of cars and how brutal some of these crashes are. It doesn’t hurt that many of these crashes also seem to be nitro filled for maximum damage and acrobatic points. With the game rolling out in just 2 months it wont be long before it gets put to the test.

Check out the clip and see if this chaos strikes up your interest:

DiRT Showdown shows off the Nevada 8 Ball in a new video

Fan of Flatout or just demolition racers? DiRT Showdown is coming soon for you guys bringing a new twist on the DiRT universe, stepping away from the rally theme, the new game will bring rough racing for everyone to battle through. Check out this new trailer coming from Codemasters. If it’s caught your eye, you only have to wait until May to get your hands on it for the PS3/360 and PC.

F1 2010 – Tracks and Cars Dev Diary

F1 2010 looks to be the latest introduction for the GRiD / DiRT engine that everyone has come to know. Packing the same design for driver development and story progression each player will control the fate of their racer and crew in the FIA F1 series.

The latest developer diary showcases the tracks and cars of F1 2010, most screens to this point have only shown 2009 cars on the tracks in-progress. Take a look and see what the minds behind Codemasters have been able to come up with.

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PC Perspective snags DX11 Video of DiRT 2

DiRT 2 is coming soon to the PC and I’m giddy as heck about it. The series since the original has packed a unique technical flare that games like Gran Turismo haven’t come close to touching, although Forza is pretty nuts and has some great mechanics coming up in their 3rd gen title.

Anywaayy. The point is they have a short video of gameplay from the DX11 engine for DiRT 2 and it looks amazing. If we can link up a review of the game with the Logitech G27 you might lose me for a decade.

Enjoy 😀

Update: It seems the guys at PC Per either had too much traffic or caught flack for posting this up without permission. The file is nuked on Vimeo and on their website as well. :/ if it comes back up I’ll repost it.

Update 2: It’s back online, hosted through Youtube

Ken Block rocks Force Dynamics DiRT 2 Simulator

Rare is it we get to see dedicated rally racers taking to the digital realm, sure they sim their own stuff on the side but it’s always a treat to actually see it. Codemasters broke out some DiRT 2 footage of Ken Block having a ball on a machine I think many of us wish we could try one day.