Euro Racer C3 Heads Stateside

Eutechnyx' new PlayStation racer promises realism, realism, realism.

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British-based Eutechnyx, the makers of Grand Tour Racing for the PlayStation, is bringing another racing game to the PlayStation track. The game will be called C3: Car Construction Championship.

Eutechnyx told videogames.com that the Champion, Ferodo, and Dunlop Racing-sponsored game will include about 24 actual production vehicles. So far, we know about the Mitsubishi FTO, Mitsubishi Lancer EVO V, Mitsubishi 3000GT, Nissan Micra, Nissan Almera, Nissan Skyline, Nissan 300ZX, Peugeot 206, Peugeot 306, Peugeot 406, Renault Megane, Renault Megane Turbo, Renault Clio Williams, Renault Clio, Skoda Octavia, Toyota MR2, Toyota Supra, Toyota Corolla, Marcos Mantis, and Marcos GTS - with others on the way.

The game will consist of about 30 tracks scattered about ten international locations including Italy, China, Africa, Norway, Monte Carlo, USA, Brazil, Peru, Indonesia, and the UK. Racing fans will be glad to know that C3 will feature weather, such as rain and fog, and night driving with all the lighting effects that come with it, such as lens flares, headlights, and an ambient glow around lit fixtures.

Eutechnyx is also promising hi-res, no pop-up whatsoever, and realistic collision damage down to the pixel level, which will affect the way you drive your car. And while on the topic of altering your vehicle, the vehicles will be built on spec to the licenses; however, players will be able to adjust various aspects of the steering, shock absorber damping, front and rear spring stiffness, front and rear ride height, spring length, fender downforce, and grip threshold, braking power, brake bias, engine power/torque profile, and acceleration profile. Also, any adjustment to just one of these features will apparently affect the overall performance of your car, so you'll have to alter wisely.

The game will be played from an in-car perspective or from behind the vehicle, with dynamic cameras that respond to the vehicle's movement. Developers have also paid quite a bit of attention to the reflective surfaces, as they say no two cars will reflect light the same way. And the face tracks will also include objects that have been photographed and scanned, vs. hand drawn, which you'll be able to interact with during play.

According to Eutechnyx, the developers are currently finalizing details with a US publisher for C3, and the game is scheduled to come out in the US after the holidays for the Sony PlayStation. We'll be sure to let you know who's delivering the game stateside, as soon as the information can be released. In the meantime, check out our screenshots.

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