Activision lays down Ferrari Challenge

Publisher secures North American distribution rights for PS3, Wii, PS2, and DS editions of upcoming racer; release confirmed for late summer.

Activision wants to take the pole position in the racing game genre, as evidenced by last year's purchase of Project Gotham studio Bizarre Creations and last week's announcement of the offroading Baja 1000. Today the publisher pulled another car into the garage, confirming that it has secured North American distribution rights for Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli.

Red ones go faster.

Previously set for European release by System 3, Ferrari Challenge will find its way to domestic stores on the PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo DS. The sim-minded racer will include season and endurance modes, as well as more than 15 circuits. The PlayStation 3 edition of the game also supports online matches for up to 16 players, and Activision is promising a continuous stream of downloadable content over the PlayStation Network, including new cars, tracks, customization options, and updates to team and car rosters.

This is not the first time the Ferrari has been featured in games, as Sega devoted an entire game to just one model of the Italian sports car with the arcade, Dreamcast, and PlayStation 2 sim Ferrari F355 Challenge. Ferraris have also played prominent roles in Sega's OutRun series of arcade-style racers, and have appeared in a variety of other racers including Project Gotham Racing 4, Forza Motorsport 2, and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.

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31 comments
mr_killer_man
mr_killer_man

Controller config sucks! You have to hit the R3 stick while holding the x button to shift up or down! Drifting thru the corners is sooo coool!

CVM_123
CVM_123

only ferraris well at least their cool

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

okay.... oh well. we shall just have to wait and see.

ninjaroach81
ninjaroach81

No X360 version. Damn. Especially if it does end up being sim-oriented. Personally, I'd love to see more racing games focusing on a smaller number of cars that they could really nail down, as opposed to hundreds of cars that I won't even use.

Gifted_One
Gifted_One

I have a feeling that I would probably only rent this game. Hopefully they exceed my expectations and this might actually be a good game worth playing. Especially if you are considering the other racers that the Xbox 360 already has.

raverrozza
raverrozza

im looking forward to this but yeah i agree it has alot of potential to be rubbish aswell. agreed on the grid front. the demo did not impress me at all. it forced me to dust off my copy of toca 2!lol!

Cbok
Cbok

Hopefully this game is the new Enthusia, and not some watered down arcade crap like GRID turned out to be...

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

This keeps getting delayed and i am still skeptical that this just a budget title.

V-Nine
V-Nine

...wonder if the Enzo FXX is in there....

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

Well they may have this game and all but i still consider MidNightClub to be my top dog of the racing genre although i know there are many others that are really cool 2!!

PlayerPrezident
PlayerPrezident

I'm not surprised that there isn't a 360 version. They probably still have a deal with MS for PGR.

Gogz_6
Gogz_6

so is PGR staying exclusive or not seeing that they own bizarre

NFSU2_RC3
NFSU2_RC3

cool but no 360? oh well they got forza and pgr lol lucky....

bradly_2795
bradly_2795

@Zetona I agree with you. NFS Porsche Unleashed was one of my favorite game for the PS1.

cooldude03
cooldude03

Looks pretty, but a game focusing on Ferraris only, sounds like it has alot to prove in order to be successful.

Zetona
Zetona

If this is anything like Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed, count me in.

misterjz
misterjz

wow, a game with make of car....brilliant. Anybody else find this kind of a stupid idea in todays game space--I mean, let's see, I could play GT5 with 100's of different cars....or "ferrari challenge", with what, about 10 different cars? Whoopdy **** do...pathetic, simply pathetic. BTW, this company will not beat out polyphony or codemasters.

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

Why isn't this coming to 360? Anyway, I love Ferraris, but games that only focus on one manufacturer usually stink (except F355 Challenge, which was cool in the arcades). I'd suggest waiting for review scores before making a purchasing decision. And this game better have the F50!

ColdRush88
ColdRush88

Is this coming to Europe? I've been keeping an eye on this game.

ctg867
ctg867

Since when do seemingly crappy last gen racing games get PS3 versions... only? Very strange.

Untouchable_Dra
Untouchable_Dra

am i the only one that thinks this is gonne be really arcadey similar to outrun ?

ctg867
ctg867

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halomonkey1_3_5
halomonkey1_3_5

since its not on 360 fanboys will say forza is better(whether it is or not)

gord_mose
gord_mose

Glad I switched to the PS3. This is just the kind of game I'm looking for.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Yaawwwwwnnnn, another racer (round n round n round....................) im sure they'll try and rip off elements of Forza2.

gnbfd
gnbfd

What's this? No 360 version? lol PSWiiS2 ftw!