THQ and Climax confirm new Extreme mode and online modes
Thu, 3 February 2005
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London, UK, 26 January , 2005: THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and Climax are
delighted to announce that MotoGP: Ultimate Racing Technology 3 for the
Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft and PC will ship with a host of new
and original features, designed to reward gamers with the most complete
racing experience ever!
TO THE EXTREME (shit that's lame- Sammy)
The most significant addition to MotoGP 3 is a brand new Extreme mode that
extends the playing experience even further for gamers. Reflecting the
current passion for TT-style street racing, this exciting game mode consists
of sixteen new city and suburban tracks. Based on actual race locations from
around the world, such as the neon-lit streets of Japan and the country
roads around Donington UK, these thrilling new tracks offer a unique,
demanding and adrenaline-charged challenge that race fans will love.
As well as the new tracks, gamers also have a richer choice of bikes thanks
to the addition of sixteen original motorcycles. Modelled on real world
bikes, these exclusive two-wheelers range in power from 600cc racers to
Just as MotoGP 3's vast number of bikes and tracks offer individual players
unrivalled depth, a range of exclusive online features guarantee multiplayer
fans a treat too. In keeping with both companies' commitment to developing
innovative games, THQ and Climax have collaborated to realise the full
potential of Xbox Live! Going beyond anything previously seen, MotoGP 3
boasts three brand new features - Embedded online gameplay, Spectator mode
and Commentator mode - that keep it way ahead of the competition. These
online features will also be included in the PC version of the game.
MotoGP 3's embedded online gameplay is an Xbox first and a feature that will
have a resounding impact on the way gamers play. Blurring the lines between
the single-player and multiplayer modes, this unique feature takes Live!
functionality to the next level by allowing players to slip seamlessly from
the single-player game to online action. Once connected to Live!, players
can progress through their single-player career as normal, but can choose to
play each event online should they wish. This seamless transition from
single-player to multiplayer makes online gaming an easier and more
The embedded gameplay developed by Climax makes it easier for gamers to get
online courtesy of a unique seeding system. This seeding system encourages
players to race against opponents of similar or slightly greater skill level
while discouraging experienced riders from racing against novices.
As the name suggests, Spectator mode allows players to watch while others
are racing. So, rather than patiently waiting in the lobby for others to
finish, players can now jump straight into the game and watch races unfold.
As well as allowing players to enjoy the sheer thrill of watching a
highly-charged race, this unique feature also offers gamers an invaluable
opportunity to learn from their competitors.
Another original revolutionary option developed exclusively for MotoGP 3 is
the Commentator mode. With this, the host of Live! games can assign a
spectating player to commentate on the race action. This hugely innovative
feature places players closer to the action and is sure to provide endless
entertainment as gamers try their hand at matching the vocal eloquence of
the BBC's Suzi Perry!
The end result of all these exclusive features is the most technologically
advanced racing game ever, as Climax's CEO, Karl Jeffery, explained. "The
inclusion of the new Extreme mode and exclusive online features is true to
our commitment to continually innovate. We wanted to push back the
boundaries of the XBOX Live! technology and with the spectator, commentator
and embedded online gameplay options, I believe we've done just that.
Combined with the Extreme mode, these features make MotoGP 3 the most
complete racing experience ever!"
Ian Curran senior vice president of European Publishing, THQ, is similarly
enthusiastic about the impact the new features will have: "The critical
acclaim heaped on the first two MotoGP games meant we really had to raise
the bar with this third edition. We wanted to do so much more than merely
churn out another sequel, and the whole development team has risen to the
challenge. The extreme mode adds tremendous variety and depth to the game -
taking the racing out onto the streets. In addition by blurring the line
between on-line and single player racing, along with the superb seeding
system we keep MotoGP 3's multiplayer mode ahead of the pack."
(Should be a beauty. I reckon Ando would dig this one- Sammy)
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