It’s a known fact that racing games haven’t done too well this generation, but Bizzare Creations design manager Gareth Wilson believes that new hardware will change that and has the ability to revitalize the genre.
When I think of top selling games, the first thing that comes to my mind is Gran Turismo and of course Need for Speed — when you look at the arcade versions of these games, but considering the fact that these are established franchises and most new IPs created this generation have sold poorly, it does leave a lot of room for discussion.
“Racing games always do well when a new console comes out, and you do a new physics engine and improved graphics, but towards the end of a console cycle it’s always quite hard to push racing games, Wilson said.
“Because if you’ve DiRT 1 do you need DiRT 3? If you’ve got Project Gotham Racing 3 do you need Project Gotham Racing 4? I’m not so sure.
“So with the next hardware we should be able to create features with another level of immersion and quality. There’s stuff we can do with this generation that we couldn’t before, and with the next we can make everything that bit more awesome. Racing games need that,” he added.
I kind of agree with him, and it remains to be seen if new consoles can indeed spark a change and help the racing genre expand.
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