Race Pro enters X360 circuit

SimBin's formerly PC-only sim racer heads to Microsoft's console courtesy of Atari this fall.

Atari is no stranger to the racing circuit, but its ongoing financial hardships have placed it far from the lap leader. As part of the publisher's efforts to get back in the black by ending its internal development operations, Atari traded in its Driver franchise to Ubisoft's dealership in July 2006. In November 2007, the publisher licensed out its Test Drive franchise to Infogrames, a move that has lost its significance in light of the France-based parent company signaling its intent to take Atari private earlier this year.

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Now, Atari is jumping back into the driver seat, revealing today that it would be publishing SimBin's simulation-style racer Race Pro for the Xbox 360. Today's announcement follows a rash of reports last month that claimed that SimBin's Racer would be published for Microsoft's console by THQ, possibly stemming from a deal announced between the two parties in 2006 that has thus far borne no fruit. No stranger to the sim-racing scene, SimBin is best known for its critically well-received Race 07 - The WTCC Game and GTR2 for the PC.

True-to-life plays paramount in Race Pro, and SimBin promises a physics-based racing experience with realistic vehicle models as well as licensed FIA championships and tracks. However, sticking with Atari's shift to accessible gaming, Race Pro will feature difficulty levels that span from pick-up-and-play to gearhead-only. Also central to Atari's ethos, Race Pro includes online connectivity for up to 12 racers.

Although Atari did not give an exact vehicle count, the publisher did say that cars from a variety of classes will be represented, with horsepower ratings that range from 200 to more than 1,000. A sampling of these vehicles includes GT models from Aston Martin and Saleen, production cars such as the Audi R8 and Dodge viper SRT10, and all World Touring Car Championship series vehicles from Alfa Romeo, BMW, Chevrolet, and Seat. With these vehicles, racers will be able to cruise on 13 tracks, including arenas from Macau, Porto, Pau, Laguna Seca, and Road America.

Race Pro is slated to arrive exclusively for the Xbox 360 this fall.

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48 comments
felipenet7
felipenet7

why did they choose the 360?!!! R they lazy too with programming or can't they compete head to head with PS3 exclusives!! I think both!!!

wolfmann
wolfmann

Ohh yeah now it starts lookin like somethin I can`t wait for some real sim racin w incar veiw. happy hoolidays

F1Canuck
F1Canuck

Finally GTR on a console. Now people can learn what a REAL sim is like. It ain't GTP or GT5 that is for sure. (no damage? umm,MarioKart?) Good news.

Petri87
Petri87

@mikewalsh69 - Yea PD were great... 10 years ago. Now they have lagged behind seriously to Turn 10 and Codemasters. FM2 is the best racing game ever made. Though Grand Turismo is an awesome series whit GT5P they need to make so manny changes to the final game that its not even funny. the physics in GT5P were totally grazy. And they better get full collition detection going too or GT5 is not the next big thing in racing games. And whit FM3 coming soon GT5 will have its hands full in trying to get to the top.

ukogmickey
ukogmickey

to Ravi 1900, you mentioned the great year for racing games and go on to mention some cracking games due to be released but you forgot to mention a very important one for me, That is F1 08 or 09 from Codemasters, That will sure be released next year I would imagine too, also the full GT5 should be out by then, theyve had long enough already im surprised they still have a fanbase, its probs been over 5 years since GT4 or wont be far off.

Anabub
Anabub

Agree with below racing games are being taken to a whole new level with GT5 and esp Forza 3 (unlimited customisation, 100 tracks etc) these are the new big players and tbh I love driving games but everything else feels empty comapred to these power houses of the genre!

aznhayato7
aznhayato7

I dont really see why this is big news. Sure GTR2 was great, but its not as realistic as the other sim racing games in the same genre. This game will not be able to beat Forza 3 or GT5. It wont even come close.

EnderSR388
EnderSR388

Finally! I've been waiting for GTR2 on the 360 forever. I remember TeamXbox.com had it on there new release list forever. I can't wait!

Great_Ragnarok
Great_Ragnarok

Oh wow, this might actually be good. Ive played GTR2 and its pretty awesome!

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

What can they do, what can they do? Is Atari destined to fail? If only Alone in the Dark had turned out good enough.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

man this is locked, cocked, and ready to rock. awsomeness.

Ravi_1900
Ravi_1900

GRID, Race PRO and Forza 3 looks like a really good year for racing games on 360.

blackace
blackace

There are a lot of racing games on the XBox 360. I was waiting for GTR to get released, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon. I still haven't picked up PGR4 and GRiD yet. Depending on what the reviews show for this game, I may pick it up. It's nice to have a lot of options on what type of racing game you want to purchase for you game console.

okassar
okassar

I own a 360 but I have to admit,this isn't really good news.I mean I wouldn't even bother to play any other race car series than PGR,Need for Speed,GT,Forza...maybe I missed 1 or 2 but that's it.I'm almost 99 percent sure I'll never play this game lol.And WTF is your problem Fredrick you frikkin' extreme fanboy,there are so many racing games on the 360 go die.Even I am not as much as a fanboy. Quote from Fredrick "A racing game on the 360...who woulda thought" YOU FAIL.

jackrocks123
jackrocks123

oh well ps3 got ferrari challenge, leats it won't flop like alone in the dark did ahem atari ahem.

jofy
jofy

xchiefmegadethx,do you know a game called ferrari challenge?

zakk95
zakk95

I think SimBin is expanding its horizon to more casual consumer product, though not like they are betting their life on it. (ATARI surely is) I doubt anyone can do a telemetry log analysis(which is usually done by spreadsheet and external analyzer) or edit setup template via integrated automated tester through entire season with a console and a gamepad. There are just not enough hard core simulaton gamers in the world. but we already have rfactor, LFS, iRacing, GTR, RACE, too many competitors in too small market. A typical racing simulation gamer would buy at least two of them ( 1for singleplay season, 1 for multiplay), but its never been enough to finance all those franchises. Hardcore racing simulations are dying, slowly. like it did on flight simulations. cost of making a good game is skyrocketing day by day, and stupid media-based pricing is limiting price to $60 per a copy, and number of hardcore gamers are NOT increasing. (we cant afford more than 1 babies while we are spending all our money for racing prepherials) Btw, i think its a very good approach. because by making casual they can secure finance for develope more complex simulator, and from the experience making complex simulator they can make a better casual racer. So, i hope SimBin to success. ATARI, i dont know.

Gifted_One
Gifted_One

Never played this series., I wonder if it is any good.

BulletsnOctane
BulletsnOctane

No, NFS would be better with real-time day/ night cycles. Racing purely in the dark is lame in my opinion. ...This game actually looks promising, so far. Richard7666 - Forza is a racing simulator. Anyone with a clue knows that. Yeah, so it's not ultra-realistic, yet, but it's the best we have on a console at the moment -- no knocks on the GT series.

Jebril
Jebril

I'm with Peeweeshift we really need a new NFS Underground, none of the newer titles had the same depth as in the Underground series

Jebril
Jebril

While I don't own a racing wheel for the 360 my friend does its the Logitech one and he says its amazing so Id check it out. And while this titles exclusivity on the 360 doesn't define the 360's superiority over the PS3 it certainly does help it

Richard7666
Richard7666

"mikewalsh69 no-one's in the same league as polyphony" LOL. Are you even old enough to drive a real car? Though it's good that someone is releasing a proper racing sim for console, even if it is basically just a PC port. Forza and Gran Turismo are not simulators, for those of you who don't know.

xchiefmegadethx
xchiefmegadethx

So many freaking games for xbox 360 My god when i get my racing wheel ill start to buy more racing games Someone tell me why ps3 is better cause i dont see it at all? If RROD is all you have,then damn you need help!

DarknessLion
DarknessLion

I just want Atari to stay in the game. I pray for you Atari i hope to see some good reviews for this games.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

I just want another NFS underground, is that too much to ask for.

Khoo1992
Khoo1992

well, losing money?!?! then why put exclusivity?

turb06
turb06

MS need to come up with a better steering wheel option now. The official wheel is good enough for forza 2, but if they expect any PC sim racing fans to go to this game from GTR2 etc then they are going to have to come up with a more realistic input device then they currently have available.

sandshark8
sandshark8

I dunno...Forza 2 is kind of hard to top FM2 has all of this and more...sorry to say

mudman91878
mudman91878

@mikewalsh69 Clearly you have zero knowledge of the sim racing that takes place on the PC. Polyphony is a joke compared to what's on the PC. You want true sim racing?....then PC is the only option. It's very sad that you act like you know what you're talking about when it's quite clear you have a very limited knowledge of this subject.

zaphod_b
zaphod_b

If it is any good, it will fit in nicely between my copies of Forza2 and GT5. Can't wait.

ctg867
ctg867

Good news for 360 fans looking for another racer. It's got tough competition going up stuff like Grid, but we'll see. Surprised it's not 360/PS3/PC. More surprised it doesn't also have last gen versions with the way Atari is doing financially. And even more surprised that Atari is even doing something remotely hardcore after Alone in the Dark flopped critically and financially (from what I hear), and they're focusing on all this casual, online, community, downloadable, social stuff for the future.

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

@shadystxxx no-one's in the same league as polyphony with this and alone in the dark, one would wonder if Phil has forgot the console he helped so much???

09231991
09231991

Looks amazing graphically:) My brother told me that racing games bring out the true power in consoles and from that screen, he was right.

Makaatsu
Makaatsu

Anyone else thought that this is strange considering the once head of Sony's game division is now head of Atari? You would of thought he would of hooked up his old homies. Guess it is just more proof the only loyalty people have these days is loyalty to the pay cheque :) As for people saying this will be crap, would sound like you have no clue what your talking about. SinBin Atari are the people who made GTR 2 on the PC which was amazing, in fact Gamespot gave it a 9/10 score. And that comment about Ferrari Challenge, isn't that on The Wii and PS3 with the PS3 version getting a 6/10 score?

shadystxxx
shadystxxx

-GhostMLD- PS3 will have the Ferrari game, and 360 gets this. guess were even. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ That must be a joke, well at least i hope it was as anybody with a little knowledge of game developers will know simbin are thought to be in the same league as polyphony and turn ten when it comes to sim racers. Simbin have been mainly a pc developer as that was basicly the only platform that could handle there extensive physics/driving models. All of simbins racing games have scored quite highly and i have no doubt they can do a great job on next gen consoles. I have several of simbins games on my pc and there very deep, allot deeper than gt and forza games in terms of a racing simulator. Since i have all consoles i am not fussed about the exclusivity but if i only had a PS3 i would be a little disapionted i couldnt get a hold of this game, any grand turismo/forza fans would quite easily enjoy games made by simbin.

lamprey263
lamprey263

oh, it's Atari, not Atari Games, for a second I was thinking we were getting the latest and greatest RUSH game

sixoneone
sixoneone

except that this has a chance to turn out decent while that ferrarri game on PS3 is just shovelware junk. Its all about 360, even Phil Harrison seems to agree B)

-GhostMLD-
-GhostMLD-

PS3 will have the Ferrari game, and 360 gets this. guess were even.