FRIDAY MAY 31ST 9AM UK - A new world of racing is ready to launch as GRID 2™ from Codemasters® races into retail across North America and Europe today.
To accompany the game’s long-awaited release for the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows® PC, Codemasters has released a stunning new gameplay trailer showing how GRID 2 brings the best cars, events, locations and drivers together in a new globe-trotting competition, World Series Racing. The video is now playing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXyMXJ3FaY8
In the launch video, supercars including the McLaren F1 GT and Pagani Huayra roar through the streets of Paris, Touring Car pedigree is represented as examples of the Volvo S60 BTCS, Gomez Competition GC 10.1 and BMW 320 trade paint around Austria’s Red Bull Ring and Dodge Chargers and Ford Mustang Mach 1 Twister Specials blast along the California Coast.
As GRID 2 hits stores, RaceNet, Codemasters’ online community hub which tracks player’s Races, Rivals and Rewards, moves out of beta to launch in full. The beating heart of GRID 2’s extensive multiplayer component, RaceNet adds a huge suite of new functionality, including delivering players new objectives and rivals each week so gamers always have a new challenge. Players will earn RaceNet Followers for their performance in game, can upload clips of their best overtakes and most spectacular crashes to YouTube for display on RaceNet, earn RaceNet Awards and much, much more. Players can sign up for free at www.racenet.com ;
Introducing a range of ground-breaking new features, GRID 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, critically acclaimed Race Driver: GRID™. Players will be able to experience the all-new TrueFeel™ system, which delivers edge-of-control racing without the need for assists, LiveRoutes™ will challenge players to race on circuits which dynamically change during the race so they never know what is coming next and players will experience new standards in graphics and damage in the genre.
ABOUT GRID 2:
GRID 2 will challenge players to be fast, be first and be famous. Going behind the wheel of a handpicked selection of automotive icons spanning four decades, gamers will race their way to the top of a new, evolving world of motorsport. From Paris to Abu Dhabi, Chicago to the sun-kissed California coast and beyond, beautifully created city streets, licensed circuits and edge-of-control mountain roads will become home to the most visceral and exhilarating racing yet.
In the game, players will compete in World Series Racing, the new competition founded by fictional entrepreneur Patrick Callahan, where drivers from different disciplines compete against each other across a range of events to find the ultimate racer. To get the series off the ground and attract attention from the world’s media, players must compete against and recruit the best drivers from the best racing clubs from different disciplines across the world, including Track racers, Drift specialists, Street racers and more.
GRID 2 will also set new standards for a racing multiplayer experience with an entirely distinct and extensive gameplay component and unique progression system. Deep customisation options and integration with RaceNet – the online community portal for Codemasters Racing games which tracks player’s races, rewards and rivals – will offer further immersion and connectivity in GRID 2’s new world of motorsport.
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Codemasters, the award winning video game developer and publisher, has a 25-year heritage. With titles distributed globally, Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of driving and racing entertainment games including DiRT, GRID and the official FORMULA ONE series of games including the BAFTA award-winning F1 2010, F1 2011 and F1 ONLINE: THE GAME. Codemasters employs over 500 people and operates multiple development studios from its Warwickshire HQ and Birmingham sites in the UK with a further art studio based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Codemasters is a winner of the coveted Grand Prix Award from the Develop Industry Excellence Awards, an award bestowed on the company felt by Develop to have contributed the most to the games medium in recent times. In March 2010, Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL), a part of India’s Reliance ADA group, acquired a 50 per cent shareholding in the company, alongside existing investor, Balderton Capital, the leading European venture capital firm. For more information on Codemasters’ product portfolio, please visit www.codemasters.com. Join in the conversation with @codemasters on Twitter or Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/codemasters.
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