MotorStorm Apocalypse revs up PS3 next year

Next installment in carnage-driven racing game sees buggies, big rigs, cycles, and more racing through an earthquake-ruined metropolis in customized vehicles, game modes.

There's another MotorStorm on the horizon. Sony Computer Entertainment America today announced MotorStorm Apocalypse will arrive on the PlayStation 3 sometime next year.

The guy on foot has about zero chance of winning this race.

As the name might suggest, Apocalypse is a bit of a detour for the franchise. Where previous installments of the series were almost a world tour of exotic and eye-catching natural environments, the next MotorStorm will be set in an earthquake-ravaged metropolis inspired by the US Pacific coast, specifically the San Francisco Bay Area. Not only will the races take place in the aftermath of a massive tremor, but they will also be interrupted by aftershocks that change the landscape and shift routes on the fly.

That's not the only change in store for the series. Developer Evolution Studios is also adding a single-player story mode that lets gamers experience a narrative unfolding from the eyes of three characters that represent the game's different difficulty levels. The team is also adding five new vehicle classes, 40 distinct races, and a four-player split-screen that's compatible with the online modes for up to 16 players. Finally, Apocalypse will feature customizable vehicles and a game mode creator so players can put their own stamp on the action.

For more on MotorStorm Apocalypse, check out GameSpot's hands-on preview.

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gbrading
gbrading moderator

Racing during the apocalypse... Interesting.

FlameRiser
FlameRiser

split second was crap the driving wasnt that great and u had to trigger the traps urself apocalypse has way better driving earth moves itself and the action will be way more intense than ever

PewPewNinja
PewPewNinja

@Blabadon i hope so,and sorry split/second is not all that bad,its just not what i wanted.Bah anyways i guess that i will not be 100% satisfied t'ill another Burnout release.

Ehggsz
Ehggsz

I was quite interested in the Motorstorm series, but never enough to cave into buying any of their products. This one definitely has my attention. With 4-player split-screen and evolving tracks, this may very well be the one that pulls me in on the franchise.

Cheesemanook
Cheesemanook

This game looks cool, especially that I liked Pacific Rift.

Tripleseed
Tripleseed

snake289: Yeah, the year for Sony sequels. Meh, give me more ORIGINAL games. Take some chances, Sony!!! (even though you can't really afford to)

SoNin360
SoNin360

Woah, looks like a promising amount of quality games will be coming to the PS3 in the future.

flameducky
flameducky

@coaltango: In arcade racing yes, in racing outside of arcade Gran Turismo is the king. Motorstorm kins of a combination of simulation and arcade though

coaltango
coaltango

still no game comes close to Burnout Paradise in terms of racing

Medic_B
Medic_B

motorflop 3 o boy i can't wait

HBC14
HBC14

OGM I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS ONE. But i'm glad that it arrives only in 2011. I gotta buy WWE SVR 11 and Infamous 2 1st...

tigertechie
tigertechie

I can't wait for this. PF was terrible. Can wait!

phantom1593
phantom1593

awesome, but somehow im gonna miss the jungles, the beaches, the mud and Tarantula in the background...

blancobo
blancobo

These are pretty exiting news considering the direction the series has been taken. As a driving series, Motorstorm stands alone with its rich and textured environments... The first installment prided on the quality of the landscape and the specifics of each race/route. Though there were only 7 tracks, the diversity of each provided for various driving alternatives that made each track an adventure for the first 60% of the game. The Arctic games developed for the PS2/PSP lacked some of the tough AI (which many have complained about while I have really appreciated for its excellent educational abilities), and Pacific Rift went prettier, more diverse and much better on the improvements of the series as a whole. Hopefully Evolution will find something new to add to the formula, other than the landscapes, to keep our hands full while we play GT5 (if it launches this year).

snake289
snake289

I only got my PS3 about 2 weeks ago and they've already announced a new Motorstorm,Killzone,LBP and inFamous? 2010 is the year for sony IMO

ps3freek
ps3freek

man !1 sony is realy working it out love u sony

p2250
p2250

I still play the first one!

TTDog
TTDog

So... we'll have had three Motorstorm games in the same time it's taken for Polyphony to develop GT5... fine effort.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

Sound good, Sony sure have a lot of upcoming sequels

Supabul
Supabul

Sounds good, Sony sure have a lot of upcoming sequels

racing1750
racing1750

Sounds good. Sony sure have a lot of upcoming games.

pinoyboi
pinoyboi

i can't wait to see the gameplay!

Jawehawk-DK
Jawehawk-DK

Sounds interesting. Pacific Rift was great fun, though maybe a bit too hard at times. 'bout time they including customization.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Excellent news - still enjoy playing Pacific Rift now!!

Tripleseed
Tripleseed

Hidden_Ace: Where are you getting this information from? I'm not accusing this game of copying Split/Second, but you're talking like someone who knows firsthand what the developers have been working on. I think this looks pretty cool, but Apocalypse? Really? They could have chosen a different setting that has not already become so saturated in the videogame world. Still, I am looking forward to this. Hopefully it will come with more maps than past MotorStorm titles.

supersonikk
supersonikk

Yay! I love Motorstorm! Now just announce WipEout PS3 and GRID 2 and give Gran Turismo 5 and Need For Speed Criterion a release date at E3, then all my racing game needs will be fulfilled ^^

supersonikk
supersonikk

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Hidden_Ace
Hidden_Ace

@lamprey263 Before another person says that its copying Split/Second, i thought i'd just say that the developers of this started makng this game before the release of Motorstorm Pacific Rift (looooooooong before Split/Second came out) besides that, Motorstorm is a pretty unique game (you'll know what i mean if you've played Motorstorm before).

eal-zubieri
eal-zubieri

i am really happy to hear about this, i liked the first two and i think i am going to love the third.

Teepo64
Teepo64

Pacific Rift was epic. Best off road racing game to date. Notice I didn't say "imo" in the previous sentence. It was intentional!

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

First two titles were awesome. Second title doubled the fun of the first one. I have high hopes for this game.

akiwak
akiwak

I only played the first one because it came with my PS3, this one I might actually pick up!

Pete5506
Pete5506

Im glad there is more crazy fun coming our way

Crzy1
Crzy1

The Motorstorm games have been a blast so far, can only see going apocalyptic being a good thing.

lamprey263
lamprey263

jeez, way to take Split/Second and put a new name on it, with a few tweeks

DDR_Midian
DDR_Midian

i've yet to be impressed by a Motorstorm game. Big ideas, terrible execution. We shall see how this one pans out.

j_kizi
j_kizi

i love motorstorm!!!!

BallisstiXXX
BallisstiXXX

Does people running in the streets mean we can run over people?

MrNib
MrNib

BIG RIGS!!!!!!!

cjasko94
cjasko94

Nice! Good thing coming out next year. Saving my racing fuel for GT5! (if it comes out this year, prolly will)

GSTom11
GSTom11

This is great! Motorstorm Pacific Rift is one of the best arcade racers of all time. Ignore the sites that gave it lower than expected reviews, that game was crazy. Really looking forward to this new one.

XanderZane
XanderZane

The last Motorstorm didn't get the rave reviews we all we hoping. Hopefully this game will be better. 4 Player Split Screen is nice, but I'm wonder if that will degrade the graphics and sound much. 16 player online mode should be very cool.

Flint247
Flint247

I hope Sony has a superb E3 show! (coming from a Wii/360 owner)

EPaul
EPaul

Sweetness, i didnt think it was possible but they are going to outdo themselves again.