Nearly six months after the PSP version of TOCA Race Driver 2 went on sale in Europe, its publisher has announced the franchise's debut on US PSPs. UK-based Codemasters revealed that a reworked version of the game, called Race Driver 2006, will be released for Sony's handheld in May.
A "North American exclusive," Race Driver 2006 will feature the core gameplay of TOCA Race Driver 2, plus a vast injection of new content. It will add 10 all-new tracks from around the world, including ones in Nashville and Shanghai, bringing the grand total to more than 60. Players will be able to choose from more than 50 different cars such as the Buick Gran Sport 455, Pontiac Firebird Formula 400, Dodge Charger, Gemballa GTR 750 EVO, and Koenig GTD. Crashes of said cars will sport realistic damage and physics.
The game will also feature 16 different types of races: GT sports car racing, street racing, rally, DTM, V8 Supercars, Global GT Lights, Rally Cross, Formula Ford, Open Wheel Grand Prix, classic car racing, super truck racing, stock car oval racing, ice racing, convertible racing, and performance car events. Up to 21 cars can race simultaneously in each event, and up to 12 players can compete in multiplayer races via the PSP's wireless LAN functionality.
Race Driver 2006 will sport several multiplayer modes, including revised time trial, free race, and trans-world cup, a new short-course mode designed specifically for PSP play. Besides the multiplayer modes, Race Driver 2006 will also include the "entire" single-player career mode from the PlayStation 2 version of TOCA Race Driver 2. To learn more about that title and the original TOCA Race Driver 2 for the PSP, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.