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Blur start of "big" IP for Bizarre

Posted: 19.07.2010 by Technet2k

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Bizarre Creations of Project Gotham Racer fame, tease us to expect much more from Blur in the future. It's the "start of a big franchise" for them.

The studio believes it'll be "a slow-burner" because ModNation Racers and Split/Second dogged its release window. It's "very popular" with fans.

No F1 2010 demo, 'license layers' make it impossible to cut down

Posted: 19.07.2010 by Technet2k

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Codemasters reveals there are no plans for a F1 2010 demo on any platform as the studio couldn't managed it with their "production deadlines."

Dealing with all that licensed stuff is a problem too as there's too many hoops to jump to get a "cut-down, limited content sample" to demo.

Atari not popping tires of original Test Drive Unlimited servers

Posted: 09.07.2010 by Technet2k

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Namco Bandai, Atari's parent company, has confirmed to fans of the original Test Drive Unlimited that their online servers won't shut down.

It was believed the plug would be pulled next year after Test Drive Unlimited 2 was out and roaming the land, blasting out its dance anthems for all.

Activision: Blur racer not "a flop"

Posted: 08.07.2010 by Technet2k

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US sales data for Bizarre Creations' Blur hasn't been all that hot for May but publisher Activision says slow starts are no longer "a death sentence."

They cite DJ Hero as the "perfect example" which suffered low sales but picked up to 1.2m copies. It just needed time for its audience "to find it."

EA: Need for Speed World's open beta today, ends after weekend

Posted: 02.07.2010 by Technet2k

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As one beta ends so does another begin - EA starts up a weekend long open beta for Need for Speed World starting today and ending Monday.

Registrations open today as yesterday was Canada Day so they took time off for... Canadian things, like Moose spotting, or whatever.

NFS: Hot Pursuit 'about rivalry'

Posted: 23.06.2010 by Technet2k

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Developer Criterion has talked up the social aspect of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, saying "digital" chatter is "at the heart" of society these days.

Their Autolog feature will help fuel "rivalry between friends" to outdo one another. Multiplayer supports 8 with any combo like 7 cops tailing 1 racer.

NFS: Hot Pursuit in Porsche deal

Posted: 18.06.2010 by Technet2k

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Criterion is making the new spine tingly Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and they reveal it will have an exclusive Porsche super hybrid car in it.

Unveiled in Geneva in March this year, the 'Porsche 918 Spyder' is a "hybrid supercar" that tops 200mph. PC and PS3 versions support 3D.

1C Line-up: Men of War, Captain Blood and more...

Posted: 04.06.2010 by JustCommunication

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As you guys will already know, Strategy Informer was lucky enough to attend this year's Prague'N'Play Summer showcase for 1C Company, a veteran niche PC publisher from Mother Russia.

This year's line-up has 1C building upon some of their classic franchises, as well as introducing new IP's to expand their influence. The full line up after the jump...

Codemasters talk DiRT 3, will benefit from Formula One 2010 tech

Posted: 03.06.2010 by Technet2k

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Future racers from Codemasters will boon thanks to pooling resources, which is possible with their EGO engine. DiRT fans "more casual than ever."

The studio is already "well underway" with DiRT 3 and there are "some new surprises" in store. EGO's tech means one franchise "will benefit others".

1C Company announces Off-Road Drive for Xbox 360 and PC

Posted: 03.06.2010 by PRBot

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1C Company today announced the development of Off-Road Drive, the off-road racing simulation for PC and Xbox 360.

Off-Road Drive is the first game ever to deliver a true-to-life, off-road, extreme racing experience. Players will take part in The Russian trophy, Off-Road Trial, Thai Trophy and many other events through the worst driving conditions.

Ubisoft to resurrect Driver with E3 showing, labels it "blockbuster"

Posted: 28.05.2010 by Technet2k

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Publisher Ubisoft has surprised us all with a quick mention of the next Driver game getting some spotlight treatment at this year's E3 in a release.

Rumoured for years they've just come out and said it'll be there, after total silence. They talk it up as a "blockbuster franchise", despite waning fandom.

Eden Studios' Test Drive Unlimited 2 out September 21st, says Atari

Posted: 27.05.2010 by Technet2k

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Publisher Atari has announced that developer Eden's open driving world of Test Drive Unlimited 2 releases in the shops this September 21st.

It will also pack preorder goodies like a new game mode involving gambling and some rather sporty cars, depending on the retailer you choose.

Codemasters confirm Colin McRae: DiRT 3 in works, quiet on detail

Posted: 14.05.2010 by Technet2k

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A third instalment to the Colin McRae: DiRT series is totally in development, thanks to a passing comment by a Codemasters developer.

The F1 2010 chief designer noted their new weather system, now part of the EGO engine, will "feed into all" future games "such as DiRT 3."

Indie dev Eutechnyx gets cash injection, "ground-breaking" racer

Posted: 13.05.2010 by Technet2k

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Venture capital group Prime Technology Ventures has just signed a GBP 6m cheque for independent developer Eutechnyx, for their new racer.

PTV say they give backing to innovative technology companies, and Eutechnyx made the list with their new title set to "revolutionise" racing games.

Namco reveals islands of Ibiza and Oahu in Test Drive Unlimited 2

Posted: 12.05.2010 by Technet2k

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The open-world racing antics of Test Drive Unlimited 2 from Namco Bandai and developer Eden Studios has not one, but two islands to play on.

Initially the game starts only on the island of Ibiza but an airport unlocks, letting drivers go to the original game's Hawaiian island of Oahu.

Retailer spills first DLC for Split/Second Velocity, 'Hyper Car Pack'

Posted: 10.05.2010 by Technet2k

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Play.com has listed Split/Second Velocity and blown wide the surprise of its first DLC, which adds "3 super-high performance vehicles" to drive.

The online retailer promises that pre-orders with them get the 'Hyper Car Pack' DLC free via redeemable codes. The game releases May 21st.

Bizarre: Best to focus on "fun and new experiences" than realism

Posted: 07.05.2010 by Technet2k

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Project Gotham Racing developer Bizarre Creations says it's best "at this stage of the console cycle" to embrace fun over yet more realism.

Everybody "has got a sim" by now, so convincing gamers to buy "yet another" is real hard. Bizarre's racer Blur arrives end of May, packing fun.

Codemasters: F1 2010 is "the most authentic experience possible"

Posted: 26.04.2010 by Technet2k

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I hope you're ready Formula 1 fans because Codemasters is going all out to deliver a super simulation of the sport for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Radio Five Live's F1 analyst, Anthony Davidson, is on board as project advisor. The dev team's "preference" was always sim over arcade.

Deep Silver announces nail'd for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

Posted: 22.04.2010 by JamieSI

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Deep Silver today announced the first details for its upcoming arcade racing game nail'd, which will be released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in the Q4 2010.

Players in nail'd get to choose between various vehicle classes, including motorbikes and quads. Once they have picked their vehicles, it's time to face the track and succeed against challenging AI opponents. The game will also feature a soundtrack by well-known bands.

Split/Second dev in charity go-kart "challenge" to rival UK studios

Posted: 13.04.2010 by Technet2k

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Game director Nick Baynes of Split/Second: Velocity has tentatively thrown down the gauntlet, saying these words: charity, go-kart, competition.

The UK dev is up for some real racing against his British counterparts from "Codemasters, Bizarre, Criterion and Black Rock" - if they're game.