GRID 2 developers Codemasters feel like the experience they were trying to create has been left incomplete. To correct that, they've announced a follow-up title to GRID 2 which they claim is rebuilt based almost entirely on fan feedback. Introducing GRID Autosport, an evolution of GRID 2 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 that reworks car handling and adds over 100 routes for players to drive through.
Codemasters wanted to make it very clear how impactful player feedback is in creation of GRID Autosport. Here's a portion of their extensive blog post detailing the updates and changes coming in the racing game:
"While we were patching GRID 2 and releasing new content we were also busy gathering feedback. We listened to everyone who had an opinion on not just GRID 2 but our older games as well. This feedback was digested and ultimately it played a huge part in the early development of GRID Autosport."
The heart of what I believe Codemasters' message is, is that they want racing game fans to know GRID Autosport is a racing game first. Will the game actually be too much different than GRID 2? I really doubt it, though hardcore fans will certainly notice the changes in handling. The difference will be in how marketing presents the game. GRID 2's marketing put a heavy focus on the single-player campaign, the scenery, and as a result the fine-tuned racing aspect of the game was lot in the noise. All Codemasters has to do is sell their game to the right people. Ignoring and dismissing that audience was perhaps GRID 2's greatest mistake.
That's why players can expect to hear that GRID Autosport will feature cockpit mode in most marketing going forward. It's a simple, straightforward way of Codemasters to say, "We're listening, we're giving our fans what they want." It's a pretty meaningless feature with even Codemasters saying that an extremely small percentage of players use it, but it could make all the difference as a symbol for the game's direction.
GRID Autosport will be released June 27 on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Don't you doubt Codemasters is working on something for next-gen consoles too, but it won't be coming out in time for June, that's for sure.