E3 is the heaven on earth for video game fans of all kinds. Among the countless of games revealed during the convention there were some hidden racing gems.
Photo Credit: Forza Horizon 5 / Turn 10 Studios
Tens of thousands pilgrimage to the Los Angeles Convention Center every year to celebrate one of the most important video game conventions in the world: E3. Major publishers and developers such as Sony, Nintendo, Xbox and Bethesda present their newest creations, while indie games play an increasingly important part. While this year’s edition was held online again due to the on-going pandemic, the different showcases still brought a lot of announcements. While racing game fans got some surprises here and there, only few have been announced. Here are the games racing fans can look forward to:
Forza Horizon 5
Playground Games surprised fans during the Xbox-Bethesda showcase on Sunday by announcing a new Forza Horizon game. This time, the arcade racer takes us to the beautiful country of Mexico and the developer has already announced that the map will be bigger than ever before. There will also be several different versions: the standard and the deluxe edition. The latter includes the base game as well as an additional car pass. Furthermore, there will be a premium edition, that includes the base game, car pass, two expansions, the Forza Horizon 5 Welcome pack, a VIP pass and early access to the game. Players who purchase the Premium Edition can play as early as 5 November. All others need to wait until 9 November. The game will be released on Xbox S|X, Xbox One, Windows 10, Steam and with Xbox Cloud Gaming also on mobile phones.
While this was technically announced months ago, Ubisoft have finally revealed further information about their sports game. Riders Republic allows you to compete on skis, snowboarding, bike or wingsuit and reminds us of an older Ubisoft game: Steep. You can compete against yourself and your own records, or your friends in multiplayer mode. Riders Republic will be available on 2 September for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC as well as Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X.
Cruis’n is actually an arcade series from 1994. Since then, there have been various iterations of the game, the latest being Cruis’n Blast which hit arcades back in 2017. During the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo announced that a Switch version will be a console exclusive, which doesn’t rule out a PC version too. The new version will feature 23 vehicles ranging from cars to tanks and even a unicorn. It will also offer 29 tracks, including the five courses from the original game. No set release date has been announced, but Nintendo promise it’ll be with us “this fall”.
A final major announcement came at Ubisoft’s E3 20201 Forward event with the reveal of an update to Trackmania that will bring a new mode. Royal Mode allows 60 players to form 30 teams of two and compete across 20 randomly selected maps. A new map will be introduced every day, and each race will last 15 minutes with a maximum of five rounds. The new tracks are themed around summer holidays and will even bring new physics that allow cars to skim across expanses of water. The update is available right now for free, so get downloading!
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