Actor from popular Netflix series to star in new GRID game

Actor from popular Netflix series to star in new GRID game

During EA Play Live, Codemasters revealed a new installment of the GRID franchise due in 2022.

Image credit: Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts have housed some strong mainstream racing titles over the years, including Need For Speed, Burnout and the mobile game Real Racing. Now though with the acquisition of Codemasters, many more racing titles have joined them under the EA umbrella, such as the F1, Dirt and GRID games as well as the Project CARS title after Codemasters previously acquired Slightly Mad Studios.

During EA Play Live, Codemasters headlined the stream to bring an exclusive announcement of a brand new GRID title, named GRID Legends.

Becky Crossdale – senior game designer at Codemasters – introduced the trailer and spilled some details on the upcoming story mode and the new features coming to the game.

The Story

You’re thrown right in at the deep end, in the mid-season of the Grid World Series. The main character is portrayed by Ncuti Gatwa, who is widely renowned for the role of Eric Effiong from the hit Netflix series Sex Education. He’s playing the underdog who is hoping to topple the hierarchy within the championship.

That will be five-time Grid World Series champion Nathan McKane of the dominant Ravenwest team. There are plenty more rivals to face off with who will be looking to become Grid World Series champion themselves. Meanwhile a camera crew will follow every moment, you will witness clashing egos, paddock politics and on-track drama creating a documentary about the championship.

New vehicles

There are plenty of additions to enhance the gameplay that will certainly garner the attention of fans of the games. New types of vehicles such as big rigs, stadium trucks, drifters, open wheelers, muscle cars, electric cars and perhaps to top it all off, hypercars such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie.

1,160 horsepower hypercar by Aston Martin
1,160 horsepower hypercar by Aston Martin will surely be one every player will want to get their hands on Image credit: EA

Another feature that fans will love is multi-class racing. You probably are thinking very tame like Le Mans Prototypes and GT cars, but no. If you so desire, you can have a big rig and an open wheeler in the same race, so be mindful of the massive lorries when you’re lapping them or they can crush you like an insect.

What else?

There will also be new circuits, such as circuits around the streets of Moscow and London, and also a purpose-built circuit dubbed the Strada Alpina. There are also new game modes teased dubbed Boost and Elimination. Also, many fan favourite circuits will return such as real-world circuits like Brands Hatch and Indianapolis, old GRID mainstays from the previous games, and many more will be revealed in due course.

GRID Legends will be racing to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC in time for a 2022 release. Stay tuned for more updates!

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Luca Munro
Biggest esports racing fan in the world.