Black Bean Games and Italian developer Milestone have catered to fans of motorbike racing for years with its SBK franchise.
This year, the two firms are launching a new IP with MUD – FIM Motocross World Championship. Unlike previous titles, this racer focuses on off-road racing.
Fans can tear up muddy tracks as they compete in tournaments such as the MX1 and MX2 World Championships and the annual Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations.
There’s even a stunt mode for adrenaline junkies in the form of the Monster Energy Trick Battle Mode. Players must hurtle down the launch ramp and show off their best acrobatic combos before they land. There are 30 tricks to master, from basics such as the Can Can to the dangerous Kiss of Death.
On yer bike
The MUD World Tour mode will be the first port of call for the most avid racing fans, allowing them to progress through tournaments and experience the life of the biggest motocross stars.
Thanks to an extensive licensing agreement with FIM promoter Youthstream, the developer has included all of the official tracks and riders from these competitions.
This attention to detail extends to the racing itself. Gamers will have to account for the advanced motorbike physics ending when tackling the trickier bends. Plus the racing game’s real-time terrain deformation means the tracks will become much rougher as each race progresses.
Hertfordshire-based publisher PQube has been signed to distribute the game in the UK and Ireland.
“This is an excellent time to be bringing a motocross game to market,” says PQube CEO David Pain. “The genre is a proven one and has been crying out for a new game of this quality.
“Milestone has developed a game that really brings together the fun and experiences of motocross with the realism of the licensed content to create something very special.”
MUD will be promoted with a print campaign in specialist and lifestyle publications. It has already garnered coverage in a wide range of games magazines and websites, as well as Dirt Bike Rider and Moto Magazine.
A range of multiplayer modes will pit up to 12 consumers against each other to see who is the greatest racer of all. There are also online leaderboards so players can show off their solo skills.