Thursday 14th February (5pm GMT UK) – Today Codemasters® released the first full-length GRID 2™ gameplay trailer at www.youtube.com/gridgame, revealing how a new world of competitive motorsport will come alive with cinematic style, stunning locations and beautifully rendered cars.
GRID 2, the long-awaited sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, critically acclaimed Race Driver: GRID™, will race into retail on 31st May for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows® PC.
The gameplay video reveals a flavour of GRID 2’s unique racing experience and unveils a selection of the game’s beautifully realised locations, including Paris, Barcelona, Chicago, California and the Red Bull Ring. The video is now showing at www.youtube.com/gridgame. ;
GRID 2’s Road Racing locations are represented as cars including the BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution, Ford Mustang Mach 1 and Chevrolet Camaro Z28 RS SS 1970 race head-to-head on the California Coast. Track Racing is shown at Austria’s Red Bull Ring, where the Ariel Atom 3, BAC Mono and KTM X-Bow R go flat out around this historic circuit.
Street Racing, meanwhile, is shown in Paris, as marques including the McLaren MP4-12C, Mercedes Benz SL 65 AMG and Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition tear around the Arc de Triumph. Hot hatches including the Alfa Romeo Giuletta and Ford Focus ST race into the night in Barcelona and stunning cars including the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 Nismo Z Tune, Pagani Huayra, Koenigsegg Agera R and more charge through Chicago.
Fans who pre-order at Game online or in store can choose the GRID 2: Brands Hatch Edition which includes extra content redeemable via download on PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE® for Xbox 360 and Windows PC. The GRID 2: Brands Hatch Edition includes:
McLaren Racing Pack
Receive the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 Special Edition car to race in single-player, multiplayer and online events. Plus expand the game with two routes around the legendary Brands Hatch GP Circuit.
Head Start Pack
Receive the exclusive Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT car to race in single-player, multiplayer and online events. Plus make cash earned in-game go further with discounts in GRID 2’s multiplayer vehicle and modification store and receive a RaceNet bonus.
GRID 2 will challenge players to be fast, be first and be famous. Going behind the wheel of a handpicked selection of automotive icons spanning four decades, gamers will race their way to the top of a new, evolving world of motorsport. From Paris to Abu Dhabi, Chicago to the sun-kissed California coast and beyond, beautifully created city streets, licensed circuits and edge-of-control mountain roads will become home to the most visceral and exhilarating racing yet.
GRID 2 will also set new standards for a racing multiplayer experience with an entirely distinct and extensive gameplay component and unique progression system. Deep customisation options and integration with RaceNet* – the online community portal for Codemasters Racing games which tracks player’s races, rewards and rivals – will offer further immersion and connectivity in GRID 2’s new world of motorsport.
Fans can keep up with all the latest updates straight from the studio by speeding over to www.gridgame.com and www.facebook.com/gridgame or follow the team at www.twitter.com/gridgame. ;
*RaceNet is the free online extension for Codemasters Racing games, which enables players to track their Races, Rivals and Rewards. Currently in beta, RaceNet allows players to join in community challenges, track their progress in game and check challenges with friends and competitors. RaceNet adds new features regularly and will launch in full with GRID 2. Discover more at www.racenet.com
Codemasters, the award winning video game developer and publisher, has a 25-year heritage. With titles distributed globally, Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of driving and racing entertainment games including DiRT, GRID and the official FORMULA ONE series of games including the BAFTA award-winning F1 2010, F1 2011 and F1 ONLINE: THE GAME. Codemasters employs over 500 people and operates multiple development studios from its Warwickshire HQ and Birmingham sites in the UK with a further art studio based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Codemasters is a winner of the coveted Grand Prix Award from the Develop Industry Excellence Awards, an award bestowed on the company felt by Develop to have contributed the most to the games medium in recent times. In March 2010, Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL), a part of India’s Reliance ADA group, acquired a 50 per cent shareholding in the company, alongside existing investor, Balderton Capital, the leading European venture capital firm. For more information on Codemasters’ product portfolio, please visit www.codemasters.com. Join in the conversation with @codemasters on Twitter or Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/codemasters.
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