Codemasters’ Race Driver series has lately turned into an annual affair, with new and generally minor updates coming almost every year. It seems the time has come to roll everything back to the beginning, as they’ve announced the franchise will now be called Race Driver One. Just what will be changing beyond the title remains to be seen, other than the graphics engine, with the series now relying on the same Neon engine that Dirt will be utilizing. Also, a wholly new career structure is promised, though just how it will be new isn’t exactly specified. Stay tuned…
Motorsport gaming evolves as Codemasters announces Race Driver One TM.
ONE WORLD, ONE THOUSAND RACES, ONE CHAMPION. IT’S ALL ABOUT BEING NUMBER ONE IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF RACE GAMING FROM CODEMASTERS STUDIOS.
Codemasters today announced Race Driver One™, the third generation in its acclaimed 8-million+ selling motorsport series. The title is now in development at Codemasters Studios, creators of genre-leading motorsport video games, and will arrive in 2008 for leading console platforms and PC.
Race Driver One™ will be a true evolution for the series, which first appeared as the TOCA (DTM/V8) Touring Car games (1997–2000) and became the TOCA (DTM/V8) Race Driver series (2002-2006). Taking the series from ultimate racing simulation to ultimate racing stimulation, Race Driver One™ will be the next technical showcase for Neon, the studio’s proprietary middleware system that is already driving Colin McRae: DIRT™ in incredible detail.
Challenging players to become the number one race driver in a new world of exhilarating motorsport, Race Driver One™ will take players on a tour like never before; to beautifully realised racing locations through Europe, the U.S., Japan and beyond. The game will feature the most extensive range of events in the series, combining official circuit-based championships with road races and urban street competitions.
“As each generation of gaming formats shifts up a gear, so does this series and Race Driver One is set to evolve the previously headlined TOCA (DTM/V8) titles as much as DIRT has the Colin McRae series,” says Gavin Raeburn, Executive Producer at Codemasters Studios.
“Combining our racing heritage with the Neon engine, Race Driver One will create a world that goes far beyond the traditional boundaries of motorsport gaming, taking players from the most prestigious race circuits to road and street events around the globe. A completely fresh career structure will engage players in an unprecedented range of racing styles as they build a team capable of becoming number one. The Neon engine will be expanded to deliver a new level of visual detail, physics and an astonishing car damage system.”