Game developers Codemasters recently teased Grid 2 with a trailer. The original game, Grid is still counted as one of the best arcade racing games ever. Many racing games have tried to attain the fine balance between arcade and simulation, but none of them did it as well as Grid. It was one of the first games outside the Dirt franchise to employ the EGO engine, showcasing stunning visuals and bone crunching crashes in urban and circuit environments.
According to the trailer, "The Race Returns" on August 8, 2012. Codemasters then teased the video on its official Twitter account. "This looks... interesting?", read the tweet by the company, before using the obligatory promotional hashtag, #TheRaceReturns.
The teaser trailer is CGI so it doesn't give any insight into what engine this game uses. While it can be presumed that it's powered by the EGO 2.0 tech used for this year's DiRT: Showdown, it's also highly possible that Codemasters is ready to roll out EGO 3.0.
The factor that sets Grid apart from other racers right from its conceptualization was the ‘flashback’ feature. This game mechanic allows you to rewind time (much like Prince of Persia – Sands of Time) in case you make a horrid turn and total your car. The mechanic sounds like a complete gimmick on paper, but the flashback feature does an amazing job by helping players correct errors and cope with the extremely high speeds, while acting like a buffer between the blurring speed and detailed damage mechanics of the game. In a game like Grid where ramming your car into the railing can actually break a wheel, Codemaster has managed to cut us ‘not-so-talented-racers’ some slack by allowing us to move back in time everytime we screw up.
The race begins... soon
Two years ago, Reliance had extended its gigantic corporate hands towards gaming and in a move that pretty much came out of nowhere and acquired a 50 percent stake in Codemasters, the British game developer of Grid. Here’s what Rohit Sharma, CEO of Zapak had to say about the deal, “We are excited to partner with Codemasters and believe it's very strong technology, development and distribution presence will complement our global gaming portfolio. Additionally, Zapak's global strength in mobile gaming will enhance Codemasters' ability to fully leverage its attractive franchises such as its racing and cricket games”.
After the deal, Codemasters promised another Grid game. "In Southam it's full steam ahead with the next iteration in our Flashpoint series, as well as the next Dirt and Grid," said Gavin Cheshire, former VP of studios at Codemasters and current CEO of Caperfly.