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Turn 10 Studios has opened registration for Season 2 of the Forza Racing Championship. Racers can head to the ESL website to sign up for their spot. The upcoming series is sponsored by Michelin, Logitech G, and Playseat, with cash and prizes of over $150,000. The second season also marks the first time that two Forza games will be involved, Forza Horizon 3 and Forza Motorsport 6. Players can join two different leagues, Elite Series and Recreation Series. The Elite Series will take place over three weeks beginning November 13, and award the top Forza Motorsport 6 racer $10,000 in cash. The Grand Finals will be streamed on the official Forza Twitch and Beam channels on Sunday, December 11. Beginning today, the Recreation Series begins in Forza Horizon 3 and will run for the next seven weeks, with players tackling the special ForzaRC Rivals events. Players can win exclusive cars just for participating, including the 2017 Ford GT Horizon Edition.
Ubisoft released a host of new media for several of their key upcoming titles. Below are new trailers and screenshots for Anno 2205, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, The Crew Wild Run, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. The Assassin’s Creed Syndicate media highlights the game’s two assassins, twins Jacob and Evie Frye, as they attempt to liberate Industrial Revolution-era London. Wild Run is the new expansion for The Crew, which will add customizable dragsters, drift cars, monster trucks, and motorcycles. In addition, to the new rides, the updated graphics and new weather system is also on display. The Spectator Cam was also revealed for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, which will allow an extra player to watch the action; PC gamers will have it launch, while PS4 and Xbox One owners will need to wait until early 2016. It and more are highlighted in the screens and trailer, but to see it in action, gamers can check out Ubisoft’s Twitch channel on August 8 from 4-8 p.m. (CET) for a live 5 vs 5 match on PC.
EA has tasked Ghost Games with rebooting Need for Speed for PC and the new console generation. Scheduled to launch this fall, Need for Speed will feature “deep customization, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive narrative.” The game is said to pull from all eras with research and development provided by Speedhunters. A teaser has been released, and posted below, but series fans will have to wait until June 15 for the first official trailer.
Need for Speed makes its Wii U debut today with the release of Need for Speed Most Wanted U. Developer Criterion Games has added several system-specific features for this version, including direct play on the GamePad and the Co-Driver co-op mode. Using the GamePad, friends will be able to interact with a real-time map to enhance vehicle performance, distract pursuing police, control the amount of traffic, and manipulate the day-and-night cycle. Most Wanted U also includes the five car Ultimate Speed Pack.
Kart fans will be able to hit the tracks soon when Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed arrives on store shelves for 3DS on February 12. Transformed features the ability to race as your Mii as well as a number of Sega luminaries, such as Alex Kidd and Joe Musashi, and over 20 shortcut-filled tracks that loop and twist in, on, and around land, air, and water.
Kart racing returns today with the launch of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for 360, PS3, and Wii U. The follow-up to 2010’s Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing adds new characters, including NASCAR-er Danica Patrick and digital star Wreck-It Ralph, dynamic environments, and transforming vehicles. Sega fans will also find that many of the 16 tracks are inspired by other series, including Nights, Panzer Dragoon, and Super Monkey Ball. A new style-based mechanic has also been added to reward flashy drivers.
As goes with Sony consoles around launch, a new Ridge Racer, aptly titled Ridge Racer, is now available for the PS Vita. The latest entry supports online play, and includes access to an application offering an “interactive audio and video experience” so that fans can get a “unique taste of this bold and glimmering entry.” Gamers who pick the title up at launch will also receive a code for a free Gold Pass, which will allow them to download an upcoming DLC pack that is set to include five new vehicles, three new courses, two music tracks, and an extended music mix. Digital copies off of PSN will include the pass until April 30.