Forza 3: No Weather, Night Racing, or Rally on XBox 360

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249w ago - Forza 3 might not include features from the title above, but it will include a heck of a lot more.

It's the first in the series to feature a cockpit view, and will include over 400 cars, many of which have yet to be announced.

There's been a few rumors that the game will also introduce a weather system, night racing and even off-road rally racing like Gran Turismo 5's inclusion of World Rally Championship.

However, Turn 10 community manager Che Chou has come out to refute those claims (at least for now) on the official Forza MotorSport 3 forums, to quote: "No weather, night racing, or rally in the game."

That said, the game will likely include most of your favorite cars, with Chou adding:





"Any car is up for grabs. Just because we haven't announced/shown it doesn't mean it won't make it into the game. We're just trickling out info."

The amount of effort put into all aspects of the game, from physics to graphics, can be seen in the following developer diary when Turn 10 went to visit the Le Mans race track in France.

Forza MotorSport 3 will release this October...
 

PlayStation 3 Compact Racing Wheel to Launch on June 19, 2009

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253w ago - If you've been looking for a Mario Kart style wheel for your PlayStation 3 console... here it is.

The new 4Gamers PS3 wheel takes full advantage of the SixAxis and Dualshock 3 controllers.

According to Accessories4Technology.com, the device will be released in 5 days on the 19th of June 2009.

Features include:

• Enhances gameplay with all driving games that support SixAxis control
• Fully compatible with the PlayStation 3 SixAxis and DualShock 3 wireless controllers
• Allows full access to all wireless controller buttons and functions
• Chrome effect finish with soft rubber grips adding extra confort to gameplay
 

GT5 Gets Weather Changes, Night Racing & Damage Rendering

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257w ago - Audi is obviously looking forward to being in the coming Gran Turismo 5.

After all, the Quattro company has created a Web site to promote its car on the Nürburgring in real life and in the game, and it interviewed GT5 mastermind Kazunori Yamauchi about what fans can expect.

To quote: Yamauchi-san revealed that the game is going to offer not only more vehicles, more online features, and increased detail, but it will also include night racing, damage rendering (previously confirmed), and weather changes.

If you watch the Audi R8 Meets Gran Turismo 5 video, one of the game developers even talks of one day providing weather reports for an entire 24-hour race, and you can read the interview with Yamauchi-san by clicking on a PDF link here. The graphical and gameplay additions are surely welcome and long overdue, and could return GT5 to the head of the racing sim pack - whenever it finally gets here...
 

WipEout HD v1.30 Update Racing to PSN on April 8, 2009

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262w ago - SCEA Producer Daimion Pinnock announced news that the WipEout HD v1.30 Update will be hitting Sony's PlayStation Network tomorrow as follows:

Hi everybody! I'm excited to bring to you news of an awesome update for WipEout HD. And perhaps the best news is you don't have to wait long for it. Tomorrow, April 8, 2009, the V1.30 free update for WipEout HD will be available for download. The update will introduce a selection of new multiplayer features to the legendary anti-gravity racer. Check out the full details below.

Online Ranking

With over 50 ranks to progress through, there will be a new edge to online racing in WipEout HD. Your finishing position, speed class and the rank of your opponents will determine how many ranking points you are awarded as you strive to go from a Wipeout Trainee to a Wipeout Legend!

Podium Screen & Online Badges

• A new podium screen will now display the top three finishers after each online race or tournament.
• Regardless of whether you finish in the Top Three or not, every player has the chance of being awarded an 'online badge' in recognition of how they performed in the race.
• There are 33 badges in total, examples of which are displayed here.

Connect easily with your...
 

Disney Announces Groundbreaking Racing Game - Split/Second

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266w ago - Last week the video debut for Split/Second was released, and today follows the official press release:

Press Release: DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS ANNOUNCES "GROUNDBREAKING" RACING GAME - SPLIT/SECOND

Award-Winning Black Rock Studio Creating Innovative New Action-Racing Game Where Speed Meets Strategy in a City Rigged For Destruction

BURBANK, Calif. – (March 11, 2009) – Racing to the finish line takes on added excitement when competitors trigger destruction on the track to take out their opponents. Disney Interactive Studios today announced Split/Second, an intense action racing game set within the world of a hyper-competitive reality television show.

Competitors vie to be the first across the finish line in a made-for-TV city built for destruction, with the ultimate goal of becoming the season champion. Developed by Black Rock Studio, Split/Second is scheduled to be released in early 2010 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows-based PC.

Competitors in Split/Second don't just collide with other vehicles to knock them from the track - they can also trigger explosive events...
 







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