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Thunderbolt Games & Play3.De previewing F1 2011

Thunderbolt Games had a chance to sit down with F1 2011's chief game designer Stephen Hood, to talk about the successes of last year's incarnation, and what they're planning for the upcoming game.

A huge amount of content was included last year and many of the subtle elements were, at times, lost within 2010’s Career Mode. 2011 uses new features such as Press Clippings and Emails to keep the player better informed of where they stand in the world of Formula One. We’ve tweaked everything, even the logic behind contracts, so that it’s a more refined experience this year.

Codemasters had some limited Q&A on Monday via their Twitter account, announcing they have no DLC planned for F1 2011, and they are still wrangling with licensing over the fate of the safety car. Codemasters expects to have a final go/no-go for it around Gamescom in the middle of August.

Play3.de has recently posted a video interview with senior producer Paul Jeal, again discussing planned features for F1 2011:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F1 2011 will be released for the PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 on September 23rd.

Fanatec announces official Forza 4 wheels

On the heels of the MadCatz announcement, Fanatec has announced their own line of licensed wheels for Forza 4. Fanatec is famous for making high-quality racing wheels, including authentic reproductions of Porsche wheels that are compatible with most 360/PS3/PC racing games. The new line is called "CSR", and will include five products:

  • Forza Motorsport CSR wheel
  • Forza Motorsport CSR Elite wheel
  • CSR shifter set
  • CSR pedals
  • CSR Elite pedals

Fanatec reports the CSR will fall in the middle between their Porsche and Clubsport products. Here are the main differences between the CSR and CSR-Elite wheels:

CSR:

  • Improved force feedback electronics and mechanics make the wheel stronger and faster
  • Metal CSR shifter set and large metal paddle shifters make shifting gears easier than ever
  • Lightweight aluminum wheel rim with Alcantara inserts allow faster, more responsive turns

CSR-Elite:

  • Wheel base fully made of metal with carbon fiber and Alcantara wheel rim
  • DirectSensor™ technology with sensor mounted directly on the steering axis. This avoids all the interference and performance loss you get from the belt/gear drive found on traditional motor-mounted sensor systems
  • Dual force feedback motors with 120Watt (silent big fan cooling) and very low cogging force to avoid “notchy” feeling

Engadget got to spend a bit of time with the CSR pedals, and found they share a number of similarities with it's Clubsport Pedal brother, including a adjustable load-cell brake sensor and the ability to mount pedals vertically (via an optional kit). A "load-cell brake sensor" essentially means means the pedal converts force applied to the brake to the strength of braking in game, so the brake pedal acts more like it would in a real car. This is great for the precise braking required to tame the most savage of automotive beasts, and is something other major wheel manufacturers have yet to adopt.

It appears players will be able to combine any wheel, pedal and shifter set they want, letting them customize their setup to suit their needs and pocketbook. Speaking of pocketbooks, no price has been set, though a Fanatec representative has stated

We will keep our fully modular ordering system so the pricing depends on the options you take. It will range between 320 and 700 for a set with pedals.

No word if this is in Euro or USD. A release date has not been set, but they expect to have it out on the market by the end of the year.

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Datel announces new SuperSports 3X Racing Wheel

Datel announced the release of a new multi-platform steering wheel, the SuperSports 3X. It comes equipped with dual-motor force feedback, auto-centering, a sequential shifter and wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Since it is multi-platform, the wheel can be used on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The user can also use their internet-connected PC to configure wheel settings, which can be saved to the unit and used on other games. After the "read more" jump, you can find the full un-edited press release, courtesy of GamesPress.

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Need For Speed: SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED announced

EA has announced a sequel to the successful Need For Speed: Shift, called Shift 2 Unleashed, planned to release in Spring of 2011 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The game will still incorporate the features that made the original game a success, as well as the new "autolog" social networking feature found in Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit.

SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED features an all-new rendering engine with a massive graphics overhaul that puts the player in the heart of the racing action. With an innovative helmet camera view simulating the physical experience of driving at 200mph, the thrilling experience of night racing and authentic degradation of tracks and cars, this is tomorrow’s sim for today’s adrenaline fueled racer. SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED also incorporates the next generation of Need for Speed Autolog – the groundbreaking network that connects friends for epic head-to-head races and compares player stats for the ultimate social racing competition.

And here, for your viewing pleasure, is the trailer video for NFS:S2U

The full text of EA's press release can be found beneath the "read more" link.

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24 new screenshots of Test Drive Unlimited 2

VirtualR.net (via Worthplaying.com), has 24 new screenshots from Eden Games' upcoming release, Test Drive Unlimited 2. The screencaps show off the islands of Oahu and Ibiza, night racing and damage, as well as other non-racing features like interior decorating and dressing up a driver (seriously). The game is currently slated for release in the first quarter of 2011.