While GRID 2's development has been confirmed for a while now, Codemasters is coming forward today to officially unveil and announce the title. Introducing the sequel to the popular racing title from 2008, coming to Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in an ambiguous release window of 2013 -- it's stylized racer GRID 2.
Clive Moody, executive producer on the GRID 2 project, hypes his game with the following statements:
"GRID’s back and we’re going to make street, track and road racing exciting again. The core design philosophy for GRID 2 is that we treat the race as a character, not a consequence of simply putting cars on tracks. Everything that goes into the game impacts on that second-to-second, in the moment, blockbuster drama – the feel and personality of the race."
I have zero idea what Clive just meant, but slap me in the face it does sound exciting. GRID was known for its mix of outstanding graphics and variety of gameplay, and it sounds like GRID 2 is promising more of that intense action. Where GRID set high standards in AI and vehicle damage, GRID 2 promises to raise expectations once more. Hopefully we'll see a return of the demolition derbies, off-road tracks, drifting and other racing styles GRID did so well.
GRID 2 is also promising a robust multiplayer experience utilizing Codemasters' RaceNet community portal. Split-screen, online multiplayer, a progression system and thorough leaderboards and statistic recording will help keep players involved both in the race and post. Still, it's hard to forget that the original GRID shut down its PC and PS3 multiplayer servers last year. Poor planning on their part, but I digress.
Codemasters' GRID 2 is coming to Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in 2013. Check out the full cinematic announcement trailer and screenshots below.
Announcement trailer - Youtube