Codemasters has announced that its highly adored GRID racing franchise is making its long-awaited return this September 13th, 2019 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
As the fourth entry into series, GRID is designed to deliver intense wheel-to-wheel racing action in some of the world’s most famous city streets and race circuits that span four global continents, with plenty of cars to boot including GT, Touring, Stock, Muscle, Super-Modified and more – all drivable across bespoke race types such as Circuit, Street Racing, Ovals, Hot Laps, Point-to-Point and World Time Attack.
GRID has been built to strike the perfect balance between realism and fun through its arcade-fair racing model, offering risk and reward for drivers of all type. The handling model is “incredibly responsive” with a learning curve that appeals to both casual arcade fans to core simulation racers. Codemasters has also implemented a progression system that rewards players through liveries, player cards, teammates, achievements and driving accolades.
“GRID as a racing franchise is revered by our community and we are delighted to bring it to the current generation of consoles,” said Chris Smith, GRID Game Director at Codemasters. “The game offers so much variety and depth, from the number of modern and classic cars through to the locations and race options. Renowned for its handling, the game will appeal to all types of player, from casual drivers who want a lean-in challenge, to sim drivers who want some serious fun.”
In the GRID World Series Championship, AI drivers will push the player to their limits to earn a place on the podium as they seek out ultimate victory, whilst the use of a realistic damage model will affect both the car’s performance and handling throughout race events. Furthermore, too much contact with the same driver will see them emerge as a nemesis who will stop at nothing to get their revenge later in the race.
One of the world’s greatest modern-day racing drivers across Formula 1, Endurance and IndyCar, Fernando Alonso, has signed as a Race Consultant for GRID and will appear in the game. Players will enter a series of events against some of Alonso’s esports driving team, ‘FA Racing,’ across multiple classes of racing before taking on the former World Champion in his infamous Renault R26 F1 machine for an epic final showdown event.
“We are also delighted to work alongside Fernando Alonso who is arguably one of the world’s greatest ever drivers,” Smith added. “His experience and knowledge has enabled us to make improvements to both the performance and handling of our cars. We could not be more proud to have signed him both in-game and as a Race Consultant. We can’t wait for our players to experience the final version when it comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC this September.”
“Having competed across F1, Endurance and Stock Racing, GRID is the perfect game for me, and I’m delighted the studio has added both myself and my racing team into the game,” Alonso said in a press release. “GRID offers so much variety and I welcome the challenge when players get to line-up against me.”
GRID is available to pre-order today on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC ahead of its official release date on September 13th. Also available is the GRID Ultimate Edition, which includes early access to the full game before its global debut, alongside Seasons 1-3 of post-launch downloadable content.
Lookout for gameplay captured from GRID soon – in the meantime, check out the official reveal trailer above, courtesy of the folks at IGN.
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