Codemasters Announces GRID Autosport for Xbox 360
Posted by Ken Barnes
Racer skips next-gen
Codemasters have announced a new title in their popular - and excellent - GRID series of racing games.
Launching in June 2014 for Xbox 360, GRID Autosport is the name of the new product, and is being touted as a real descendant of the well-regarded [b]TOCA Touring Cars[/url] franchise from the days of the PSOne.
Codemasters claim that the game has been shaped based on feedback surrounding GRID 2 and that GRID Autosport will feel less arcade-like. Vehicle handling will apparently be "one or two steps further towards simulation than [the original] Race Driver: GRID" but the game is "definitely not a full simulation – we want it to be authentic, not clinical."
Five racing disciplines will be included in the game. Endurance, Open Wheel, Street, Drift, and Touring have been confirmed. Vehicles will range from full WTCC-spec Touring Cars, through to Formula 3, through to hypercars, prototypes, and muscle cars. Twenty-two tracks will be on offer, with differing routes providing over 100 different layouts to race. Hockenheim, Sepang, San Francisco, Jarama, and the Yas Marina circuit have been confirmed. In career mode, team-mate racing is back, and you can advise your running buddy to attack or defend with a single press of a button. And of course, the whole thing is powered by RaceNet, so there should be plenty of multiplayer fun to be had.
The biggest announcement for some though, is the return of the game's cockpit view, the removal of which last time round was generally regarded as a slap in the face to simulation fans everywhere. There'll not just be one, but two in-car cameras.
GRID Autosport will release on June 27th on Xbox 360, and we've grabbed a trailer for you to check out. Looks smooooooth!