MotoGP wheelies onto PS3, Xbox 360

Capcom and Monumental games prepping new installment in motorcycle-racing sim franchise.

Last year, Capcom locked down the exclusive rights to make games based on the MotoGP championship racing circuit, a deal that will remain in effect until 2012. The move consolidated under one publisher what had theretofore been a licensing agreement that saw Namco Bandai hold the rights to make MotoGP games on Sony's platforms, with THQ owning the Xbox and PC rights.

That speck on the horizon? Yeah, that's #46.

Following on from Capcom's lukewarmly received cross-platform start last year, the publisher announced today as part of its Captivate 09 event that MotoGP will return for another season, though it will be only available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Capcom did not reveal when MotoGP will see a green flag, promising only that further details will be revealed in the future.

Monumental Games has again been tasked with developing MotoGP for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. According to Capcom, the studio comprises a number of veterans of Climax Studios, the now-Disney Interactive Studios-owned developer behind THQ's MotoGP series.

Capcom did not deliver any hard details on what gamers can expect from the upcoming installment of MotoGP. However, the publisher did note that it will offer "full and in-depth gameplay modes" wherein "players will be rewarded for more than simply crossing the finishing line first." The publisher also said that it will feature both online and offline gameplay.

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IonBlaster4
IonBlaster4

MotoGp 08 was the best motogp game i have ever played, and 09/10 sounds even better. Why? I am wrapped up in the simulation ever since i picked up Flight Simulator X. The thing is, its making it more and more realistic ever since Capcom took control. Anyone who thought motogp08 sucked, whats wrong with you? The game was great! It could have used more realism then just get the checkered flag which im bored of now, it could also have like a real "Victory Lap" where you stop and get the flag put on your back and like drive around partying for a lap. Obviously, after awhile that would get boring, but you know you finally win a race on Hard on Simulation, i would do victory lap. I also like you will actually be able to pit. There is no extreme mode, 10X better now. The crashes could have been a little bit better as it would be cool if you could bust your bike and be out of the race, and you would actually see the yellow flag on your screen and there would be red flags too. It would be cool to see the people come out and help you with your bike and you had to like maybe run and pick it up or something, or possibly that could be automated. And you can maybe turn that off if you like that. There is still so many improvements to be made, and if they are put in, i will play 09/10 forever, unless of course 11 is even greater!

IonBlaster4
IonBlaster4

I seriously cannot wait for this game, and it will be great if they can put so many more cool features in like engineering and stuff and more complicated upgrading. The realism could be better ecspecially in the crashing. It seems like indestructible plastic, the bodies dont do much and the bike just fly way more then they should. It could be cool if there was some sort of communication so when you come by the finish line you can see suggestions on the board when you fly by to see what your suppost to do. Really, even though so many things could still be improved, but 08 is still the best motogp game ever, and i cant wait for 09/10! (Wow really long comment)

lildami
lildami

i cant wait for this version i hope there will be more improvements

xvu1tur3x
xvu1tur3x

pnferris, I don't think you have the right game... MotoGP has always been a game and sport about road bikes, never dirt bikes. There were a few games that came out with an additional mode called extreme, with made up road bikes on made up street courses. But never dirt bikes.

pnferris
pnferris

I wish these guys would put Dirt Bikes back into the mix! I loved this series with dirt bikes, a little hard to get the hang of but once you did it was a real blast, especially on ice!

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Last years MotoGP was by far the best motorcycling game for the PS3. I agree that a bit more polish and the new version could be excellent. Don't limit it to a 5 season career guys!!

Ferrari3
Ferrari3

I didn't think the '08 version was that bad. I loved the inclusion of the 125 & 250 classes. I think it just needed a bit more polish and it would have been great.

Kawasaki_750
Kawasaki_750

MotoGp 08 sucked in the worst way and Capcoms general lack of interest and effort on this particular franchise is appalling. Just visit Capcom US / MotoGP forums for proof. Let's hope they actually listen to the gamers this time around.

iromek
iromek

I'm very much into MotoGP (and I ride too) so my review is... THQ made a great in-between game... not quite arcade, not quite simulator. Capcom just doesn't get that... MotoGP 08 was the first time I was disappointed in a MotoGP game on the Xbox... I hope Capcom get it right this time. SBK is a lot of fun though... can't wait for SBK 09 due out shortly!!!

RawTechnique
RawTechnique

MotoGP will never be the same again.... THQ really made this game stand out amongst all other motorcycle racing games. Capcom better step their game up if they want to make this game great like it used to be!

peteuplink
peteuplink

So, the studio comprises a number of veterans of Climax Studios, huh? Doesn't exactly fill me with confidence. I mean Climax's first MotoGP games were okay, but I think it went downhill rapidly after MotoGP 2.

WormyTheWorm
WormyTheWorm

I didnt like Motogp08, it was much too arcadey for me... SBK08 was more to my taste with its realism and bike tuning. SBK09 is out in a month or so.. cannot wait.

Vasot
Vasot

Meh arcade racing with motorcycles. Just like the latest Need for Speed series...

tig1979
tig1979

Capcoms first effort was alright, the best Moto GP game was GP500 some years ago probably still is, but people smashing MGP games why are you even here reading about then? It's a niche, bit like F1, if you don't like it the games are crap, if you do then usually you will buy them, as for truevar how can you hate a game thats in development?? If you don't like the game why are you here commenting on it?? Good luck to Capcom, they ahd a big thred asking what fans wanted and what they hated in 08, so if they have listened we might get a decent game!

truevar
truevar

Tourist Trophy FTW! MotoGP has never been close to a simulator it as far off as HAWX is from a flight sim. I love motorcycles but I hate this game.

ZedX-14Pilot
ZedX-14Pilot

Hopefully they get it right this time. 08 SUCKED, but the inclusion of the smaller classes was kinda cool. I bought Superbike 08 this year instead of MotoGP. keeping my fingers crossed they will get this series back on track.

ahpuck
ahpuck

LIl_Ruff is right, motogp for xbox was the absolute best version of this game. i kick myself all the time for selling the big black brick xbox, that was one fun machine.

fourthgeartappe
fourthgeartappe

I'll stick to Tourist Trophy. They have it figured out.

Zendric
Zendric

I'm a big MotoGP fan and I didn't mind the climax games. I'll give this one a shot >.>. Sounds good.

Lil_Ruff
Lil_Ruff

If only the MotoGPs were as good as they were on the xbox. MotoGP and MotoGP 2 are by far my fav. with 3 being pretty good as well. The PS versions, meh, they just didnt feel the same as the ol xbox versions, hopefully the newer MotoGP games kicks the series up a notch

Guimengo1
Guimengo1

I don't think anyone will capture the magic that SBK 2001 had, despite the stupid AI (couldn't avoid an accident or move out of the line). Last year's game to me is an improvement over THQ's previous efforts however I am very disappointed to see it will be a 360/PS3 exclusive. I guess I will have to find a way of making my GP 500 copy work on Vista....

CVM_123
CVM_123

all motogp games are horrible idk why they keep making them...

lamprey263
lamprey263

ugh, aren't we due for a Road Rash about now?

mvlbr
mvlbr

This game will probably end up in the bargain bin just like all the previous MotoGP games.

neverland
neverland

Last years game was good. Different than Climax versions from the prior few years, but still good. I really liked the feel of the game in the corners.