Yesterday, we were teased, today it’s been revealed: Codemasters is working on GRID Autosport. The brand new racer is headed to PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 by the end of June, and marks a return to form for the franchise.
Grid 2 divided the community when it was released last year, and GRID Autosport is a direct response to fan feedback. It promises more traditional action, authentic motorsport racing and endurance action as well as drifting and supercars. Expect open-wheel cars ranging from F3 to IndyCar, and a return to being “all about the race”.
James Nicholls, Chief Games Designer, GRID Autosport explains:
The design philosophy behind GRID Autosport was to create a really focussed racing game. We’ve jettisoned anything that doesn’t support the on-track competition and we’ve chosen a selection of cars and tracks that will give players a range of different racing experiences. That variety is crucial. There are five very distinct ways to race – this isn’t a game where basically every race is the same and the cars and tracks change. You need to adjust your tactics and learn different techniques to succeed in each racing discipline and each car has its own character too. Our AI will act and react in different ways depending not just on how you race, but the style of racing you are competing in and that’s vital in authentically capturing the feel of say, Touring Cars compared to Open-Wheel Racing.
The campaign, this time around, focusses on running a team: You can acquire sponsors and teammates as you work across five separate disciplines. Another key feature has returned: Cockpit view is back, after famously missing out on Grid 2. Take your choice – a close-up of the track, or a more realistic view showing your driver’s hands.
On PC, GRID Autosport is shaping up to be Codemasters‘ most scalable game yet: 4K textures, 4K output support and a silky smooth 60fps racing experience in 1080P HD. (If your rig’s not up for it, the game’s also been optimised to work with a wide range of hardware, thanks to a partnership with Intel.)