Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Racer

Open-wheel cars to debut in Forza Motorsport 5, screens released

Forza 5 (Xbox One) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Open-wheel cars will be making their Forza debut in Forza Motorsport 5, according to developer Turn 10 Studios. The new additions include cars from current and past grand prixs as well as Formula 1. Some of the announced rides include the 1976 McLaren M23, the 1976 Ferrari 312-2, and a selection representing four of the Izod IndyCar Series’ top teams (Andretti Autosport, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Target Chip Ganassi Racing, and Team Penske).

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Xbox One News

Grid 2 launches for consoles and PC, new screens released

Grid 2 (360, PC, PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Codemasters’ latest racer, Grid 2, is now available for 360, PC, and PS3. Launching alongside the title is the new RaceNet website that allows players to track their progress, access new events, tackle global challenges, and unlock special achievements. An app that will tie in to the site is also nearing completion, and is scheduled to launch “very soon.”

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Codemasters announces $189,000 Grid 2: Mono Edition for PS3

Grid 2 (360, PC, PS3) Mono Edition Announcement - Art

In this week’s ‘Holy Hell!’ entry, we have Codemasters announcing that they are releasing a £125,000 (roughly $189,000) edition of Grid 2. Dubbed Grid 2: Mono Edition, this ultra premium edition is, according to the release, being recognized by Guinness World Records as the “Most Expensive Video Game Commercially Available – Special Edition”. So, what does nearly $200,000 get you? A copy of the game—whew!—a BAC Mono supercar in Grid 2 livery, a day at the BAC factory that includes a tour and visit with technicians to customize the BAC Mono, a themed Mono Edition-branded Bell Racing helmet, race wear (suit, boots, and gloves made to measure), and a PlayStation 3.

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PlayStation 3 News

Nordic Games acquires Darksiders, Red Faction, Titan Quest, more

Darksiders II (360, PC, PS3) Summer Promo Announcement - Screenshot 2

Nordic Games snatched up some properties from the recent THQ auction. The Painkiller HD publisher acquired 150-plus SKUs for 4.9 million across all major consoles and PC. Darksiders, Frontlines, Full Spectrum Warrior, Juiced, MX vs. ATV, Red Faction, Stuntman, Supreme Commander, and Titan Quest are slated to join the JoWood and Dreamcatcher IPs already in Nordic’s stable. Don’t expect any major moves just yet, as Lars Wingefors, owner and CEO of Nordic Games, stated that they will not “dash into several self-financed multi-million dollar projects right away, but rather to continue our in-depth analysis of all titles” in regards to how to approach new installments from the acquired IPs.

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Ridge Racer goes free to play with Ridge Racer Driftopia for PC, PS3

A new downloadable free-to-play entry in the Ridge Racer series was announced today by Namco Bandai, Ridge Racer Driftopia. Not much else was revealed, other than that Bugbear Entertainment, developer of last year’s Ridge Racer Unbounded, is heading up development and that the focus will be on “the series’ irresistible signature drifting”.

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News

Forza to get pack April Top Gear Car Pack next week

Forza Horizon (360) Top Gear DLC Announcement - Screenshot 1

The April Top Gear Car Pack will be launching on Live on April 2. The six-car pack, detailed below, features rides selected by Top Gear Magazine and Turn 10 Studios, as well as two debuts: the 2012 Bowler EXR S and the 2011 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale Zagato. A free car is also being included, the 2002 BMW M3-GTR.

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Xbox 360 News

Need for Speed Most Wanted U runs the red, now on store shelves

Need for Speed Most Wanted U (Wii U) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

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.

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Wii U

Grid 2 trailer, screens released for new series, World Series Racing

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A new trailer and a few screens have been released for Grid 2. The video is part one of a new series, World Series Racing. This first segment is titled An American Dream and focuses on US-based events, including Street Racing in Chicago, Road Racing along the California coast, and Track Racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Forza Horizon – Jalopnik Car Pack detailed, launching next week

Forza Horizon (360) Jalopnik Car Pack Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Forza players will be able to add six cars to their library on February 5 when the Jalopnik Car Pack launches for Forza Horizon. The rides, detailed below, include the 1970 Nissan Datsun 510, 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser, 2013 Subaru BRZ, 1991 Ferrari 512 TR, 1973 Mazda RX-3, and 1966 Ford Country Squire. Season Pass holders will receive a bonus seventh car, the 2010 Devon GTX.

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DLC, Xbox 360 News

Grid 2 pre-order bonus packs, release date announced

Grid 2 (360, PC, PS3) Release Date and Preorder Bonus Announcement - Screenshot 1 (GS GTR)

Grid 2 has been dated for North America, and is scheduled to hit store shelves for 360, PC, and PS3 on May 28. A number of pre-order in-game extras were also revealed, with Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop each offering different download packs. There are four packs in total: McLaren Racing Pack (GameStop), Indycar Pack (Best Buy), Head Start Pack (Amazon), and GTR Racing Pack (GameStop). Details for each can be found below.

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