Codemasters Announces Race Driver 2
Codemasters, a global interactive
entertainment company renowned for its portfolio of motor sport
video games, announced today its most ambitious motor sports project
to date, Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator.
Slated for release in Spring 2004 for the Xboxź video game system
from Microsoft and the PC, Race Driver 2 will
provide gamers the most diverse and thrilling range of motor sports
ever seen in one game. Designed as the definitive racing
experience, the game will feature complete head to head Xbox Live
and PC online functionality.
The depth of Race Driver 2 is unparalleled,
said Steven Lux, senior vice president of U.S. marketing for
Codemasters. The game features a completely new physics model,
deformation system, and graphics engine. Couple these with Xbox
Live, and Race Driver 2 delivers the ultimate
online racing experience.
Race Driver 2 boasts an incredible variety of
motor sports, including Street Racing, Stock Car, Open Wheel
Grand Prix, Truck Racing, GT Sports Car Racing, Rally, DTM, V8
Supercars, Global GT Lights, Rally Cross, Formula Ford, Classic Car
Racing, and more.
Visually, Race Driver 2 is going to be
stunning, said Gavin Raeburn, head of Codemasters racing
development studio. Our new rendering engine features complex
dynamic lighting, perspective mapped shadows, multipass textures,
procedural standing grass, and a host of post production techniques
including true motion blur, depth of field, and iris effects all
at a rock steady 60fps.
Race Driver 2 also features our most advanced
and intuitive handling model to date, continued Raeburn. Every
physical nuance of each vehicle type is accurately modeled, from
tire deformation when cornering to the centrifugal engine forces and
Race Driver 2 will feature officially licensed
tracks and championships as well as some of the worlds most
powerful racing and street cars, including Ford (Mustang
Cobra R, Ford GT, GT90, Falcon BA, F150 Lightning Pickup), Aston
Martin (V12 Vanquish, DB7, DB5), Jaguar (XJ220, XKR, and E-Type),
Mitsubishi (3000 GT, EVO 7), Subaru Impreza WRX, ABT-Audi TT-R, AMG-Mercedes
CLK, and more.
The game will feature 52 racing circuits including Texas
Motor Speedway, Pikes Peak International Raceway, Laguna Seca,
Surfers Paradise, Euro Speedway, Donington Park, Kyalami, and Road
Race Driver 2 will continue the pioneering use
of cinematic plot in racing games with the narrative being played
out completely from the first person perspective. The player will
see what the lead character sees, and will be able to create his own
history. A reality style eliminator story will capture the
competitive intrigue of 12 drivers battling their way to win the
ultimate racing experience: a drive as a Masters Grand Prix
professional. Visually, the cinematics will triple the detail of Pro
Race Driver with characters now created from over 12,000 polygons.
Race Driver 2s core development team began
work on the title in summer 2002 and now includes over 40 of
Codemasters finest motor sport game engineers. Gamers can register
for development and game updates online at