Gateshead, UK, Free-to-play online racing game Auto Club Revolution, has added a new racing dynamic to its tracks; wet conditions.
With the roads now wet, the soaked conditions bring a whole new dimension to the game, offering challenges to both new players and veterans alike. Players will be putting their racing skills and reactions to the test with the option to speed through the urban settings and licensed circuits in the slick wet setting. Wet kerbs and grass will prove hazardous and players will have to re-evaluate the risks of gaining these precious few seconds.
Not only adding to the gameplay, the damp tracks also provide a new atmospheric style Racing with limited visibility and reduced grip, players will have to keep their eyes on the road while taking in the distinctive new visuals.
“Wet environments offer racers a dynamic way to race in Auto Club Revolution. Weather conditions are a premium feature and being able to deliver this level of content in a free to play game show ACR’s continued commitment to the ensuring we offer premium content to our players. We have taken time and care to create our wet track system, so that it has a real effect on the player experience. The wet surroundings will have varying affects across a range of surface types, we wanted the player to have to rethink their racing styles and adapt to this new feature.” Mark McClumpha, Technical Director, Auto Club Revolution. Read more
UIG Entertainment has announced that nKPro Racing, one of the most realistic racing simulators of the year, is set to release on PC in October.
Developed by Italian racing-simulation specialists Massarutto, nKPro Racing is a thoroughbred racer featuring a cutting edge physics engine. This hyper-realistic driving experience also includes realistic weather which effects racing conditions, such as an aquaplaning simulation for those tricky wet weather races, interactive cockpits and telemetry screens providing accurate data output and analysis.
With nine racing car classes encompassing Prototypes, Single Seaters and GT, multiplayer support for up to 15 players, along with a track editor that allows the online community to create and upload their own tracks, nKPro Racing is the ultimate racing challenge.
Ladies and Gentlemen – get ready to start your engines…
“For the ultimate in realistic driving physics, currently there are only two choices: iRacing and netKar PRO.” – SIM HQ
Codemasters revealed how players can customise and upgrade their own racing car in F1 ONLINE: THE GAME, the fun new free-to-play online racing and management game in production at Codemasters Studios under exclusive worldwide agreement with Formula One World Championship Limited. Gamers are also invited to become amongst the first in the world to play the game by registering for the F1 ONLINE: THE GAME closed beta by visiting www.F1OnlineTheGame.com.
F1 ONLINE: THE GAME combines intuitive top-down racing gameplay with an accessible and fun management game. Players will dive into a range of races with simple controls on track and become the team boss of their very own racing team off it. To lead their team to victory, players will choose how to develop their team HQ and create, customise and upgrade their very own racing car. Customisation options include deciding their team name, creating a team emblem, choosing a livery for the car and picking the colour and design for the driver’s helmet. Players can also display badges of achievement earned in-game on their racing car. In the role of team boss, gamers can also research and produce a range of car components, including upgrading the gearbox, brakes, KERS, rear wing and engine, to improve their performance on race day. Read more
Eutechnyx announces Silverstone as new licensed track in Auto Club Revolution and reveals Closed Beta progress.
Eutechnyx announced the addition of world famous British race track Silverstone for play by beta testers of Auto Club Revolution. Silverstone, the home of British Motorsport, joins custom race track L.A. River and officially licensed Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps totalling three tracks to be added to the beta test since launching at the end of July.
Eutechnyx creative manager Mark Barton said; “As with all of our licensed race tracks, Silverstone has been constructed with an emphasis on authenticity and attention to detail.” He continues; “Tracks in Auto Club Revolution are built using the highest video game production standards meaning we can deliver an experience over and above what players can normally expect from a free-to-play game.” Read more
Test Drive Unlimited 2 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC has gone gold.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 is set to drive into retail stores on February 11th, 2011.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 expands on the traditional racing experience providing gamers with M.O.O.R.: Massively Open Online Racing; immersing drivers in a persistent online environment and revolutionising multiplayer racing communities as players compete, team up, and share their achievements and creations online. Unlike any other driving game, TDU2 blends the open world experience with realistic vehicles and performance dynamics and for the first time, TDU2 features vehicle damage, weather effects, day and night cycles, and a brand new island to explore.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 blends the single player and multiplayer experiences seamlessly, creating a dynamic world of unique content and challenges. Test Drive Unlimited 2 is “always live,” with automatic updates and seamless online/offline integration. A revamped single player narrative mode can be played offline or as part of the multiplayer experience.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 puts the world’s most desirable vehicles in the players’ hands. These ultra-limited edition masterpieces are flawlessly replicated with Eden’s finely tuned driving technology. Players define their online persona through the customisation of their vehicles, and the acquisition of property, clothing and all the accoutrements of a luxurious car-based lifestyle. The challenge comes to life with the most expansive and comprehensive multiplayer offering on the console and the ultimate refinement of the core Test Drive driving experience. All-new race types, vehicle classes, environmental challenges, locations and much more push this epic franchise to new levels of performance and luxury.
EA Play4Free Racing Game Finds its Audience and Adds New Features
Black Box announced that Need for Speed World, the Play4Free online PC action racing game, has now eclipsed three million registered users.
With numerous hours of high-speed, high-stakes Need for Speed multiplayer action, Need for Speed World is one of the world’s most popular, free to play racing games. Today EA builds on the game by adding an all-new dynamic day/night cycle and an advanced vehicle performance customization tuning system. Players can go under the hood to upgrade and tune their vehicle with an extensive list of car parts ranging from tuned engines to top-tier suspension systems to create a high-performance race machine.
Need for Speed World brings together best in class action racing with an unparalleled social experience for the PC. Players can compete against their friends and family or pick from thousands of top ranked players to challenge in intense online battles and police pursuits. Gamers race the way they want in an ever expanding world that continues to grow with a constant stream of new content, cars, and features.
In addition to English and German, Need for Speed World has now been localized for France, Russia, Spain and Poland markets. Players worldwide can feel the rush of illicit street racing as they speed their way through a white-knuckle socially-connected Need for Speed experience. They will also be able to purchase SpeedBoost which they can use to acquire in-game items such as Booster Packs, Power-ups, XP accelerators and even exclusive exotic cars via the in-game store using a variety of local payment options including credit cards and SMS billing.
Black Box, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio announced that Need for Speed World, the massively multiplayer online action racing game, is available for digital download on July 27 for the PC.
Need for Speed World combines the rush of illicit street racing, deep RPG style progression and vehicle customization into an immersive, socially-connected Need for Speed experience.
Players can compete against any one of their friends, family or pick from thousands of top ranked players to challenge in intense online battles and police pursuits across 150 miles of sprawling open world.
Players can pre-order the Need for Speed World Starter Pack* today to gain early access to the game on July 20. Gamers will also unlock exclusive cars, earn double XP, reserve their driver names and have VIP status permanently displayed in their driver profile before the game officially launches.
On July 20, the Need for Speed World Starter Pack will be available for £14.99. Read more
Enjoy the party in Park Town and join our anniversary events, starting today
gPotato Europe is delighted to announce the first anniversary of the free cel-shaded inline skating MMO Street Gears tomorrow, March 5th. To celebrate this date, the Street Gears team has prepared many different events for all players from March 4th-17th, 2010.
Everyone who logs into the the game will automatically receive a unique anniversary item for 14 days. But you will also have the opportunity to keep it as a permanent fashion item. All you have to do is to share your experience and impressions about Street Gears in our social media event, and the anniversary helmet will be yours forever.
Are you in a racing mood? Compete with your friends or other riders to take part in a number of races together with the entire community, with new races announced every day. If you can complete the number of races we will unlock 50% or 100% EXP for the whole server for seven days, starting immediately after the event on the March 18th.
Prepare for the St. Patrick’s tournament from March 11th-17th! Register your pre-set team by March 10th in order to participate in the Team Time Attack Beta. Run as many races as you want and your average time will be added to the team result. In the Time Attack Beta tournament you can further reduce your team’s time by doing more races. Start to train your racing skills today, as the best teams will be rewarded generously.
For more information on Street Gears, and to download the free game in French or German, check out the official Street Gears website at http://sg.gpotato.eu.
Fans are invited to join the upcoming closed beta test February 19-21
GameHi officially announced Transpee, the free-to-download, free-to-play extreme online multiplayer racing game. Interested players can register at http://transpee.gamehi.com/ to take part in the upcoming closed beta test scheduled for February 19-21.
Transpee offers players a thrilling online racing game boasting innovative 3D tracks, unique cars and characters, and customization options to make each user’s experience different. The addictive multiplayer races are set on six elaborate adrenaline filled maps like the 3D Roller Coaster track featuring massive jumps and cars without breaks! Closed beta testers can get a feel for its easy-to-learn yet hard to master controls, single, team, speed and item racing modes, and endless car modifications. Players can choose among several characters including Denis, the leader of a bike gang, or Arumi, a female cop who chases after him, but soon realizes her passion for racing.
The characters might be cute, but the cars are dangerous offering players the ability to carve up another’s car and use a variety of stunt skills. The car’s surfaces are designed to produce optimum speed using the air-pressure of the cars ahead. Their reinforced durability and physical system enable drivers to use a driving strategy allowing massive crashes with the other drivers. The elements controlling each car’s distinct running characteristics include; weight, wheel size, steering angle, horsepower, tires friction, and engine characteristic curves. These new technologies also allow parts of the car’s bodies to be replaced with more aerodynamic pieces to improve the car’s ability to draft another.
GENTLEMEN START YOUR ENGINES!
Kalypso Media revealed details for the new racing management simulation title Pole Position 2010. Scheduled for release in April 2010 for PC Pole Position 2010 boasts extensive management simulation gameplay to satisfy racing fans worldwide.
Pole Position 2010 will test your tactical mind and managerial skills to the limit as you head up your very own racing team. Whether you choose to take over an existing crew or establish a brand new team, you will be tasked with negotiating with drivers, suppliers and sponsors as well as participating in research and development of cutting-edge technology. Build your team from a pool of more than 200 drivers and 1000 crew members before constructing, testing and fine tuning your race car and heading to one of the 17 race tracks to put all your hard work to the test.
As the manager you must decide the team’s race strategy and communicate tactics throughout the race, watching them play out in real time. Races are won by a matter of seconds so one wrong decision could cost you a podium place. Once you have your team established why not challenge a friend via the multiplayer mode to decide not only who has the best team but who has the best tactical mind.
Do you have what it takes to take your team to Pole Position?
• Extensive management simulation for racing fans
• 17 race tracks all recreated in stunning detail
• Take over an existing crew or establish your very own racing team from more than 200 drivers and 1000 other team members
• Construct, test and race your own team cars using 17 different components
• Powerful race driver and team editing tool
• Give instructions to the team during the race and see your plans unfold in real time
• Multiplayer mode for 2 players via LAN or internet
Pole Position 2010 is scheduled for an April 2010 release on PC DVD (RRP £19.99).