By Team SimRacingWorld
27 January 2004
One of the most successful brands in motor sport gaming is set to continue as Codemasters confirms that TOCA, the headline licence of its 5-million+ selling series, will be retained and the current Race Driver 2 game in development will be published as TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator*.
Following the success of TOCA series, Codemasters has secured exclusive and perpetual rights to use the TOCA motor sport brand for computer and video games. TOCA Race Driver 2 will launch spring 2004 for Xbox and PC, complete with Xbox LiveTM and PC online functionality, and is designed to be the definitive racing game experience.
Says Nick Wheelwright, Codemasters' Managing Director.
"Securing the TOCA name guarantees the future for this established and immensely powerful motor sport gaming brand. For gamers, the TOCA series is the number one choice in realistic racing and TOCA Race Driver 2 maintains that key value and drives it forward with an incredible variety of motor sports."
Expanding on the variety in TOCA Race Driver, TOCA Race Driver 2 will boast the most diverse range of powerful motor sports ever seen in one game. 35 of the world's most powerful big-name racing and street cars will feature in 31 championships covering 15 different motor racing styles including 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, Stockcar Oval Racing, Ice-Racing, Convertible Racing, and Performance Cars.
"The team have pulled out all the stops to fulfil the vision of creating the ultimate racing simulation making TOCA Race Driver 2 a real progression over other racing titles." comments Gavin Raeburn, Head of Studio for the entire TOCA series.
TOCA Race Driver: The Ultimate Racing Simulator will be published spring 2004 for Xbox and PC, complete with online play functionality for both formats.
TOCA RACE DRIVER 2 - KEY POINTS: # The evolution of Codemasters' 5-million+ selling TOCA series, offering the most diverse range of motor sports ever in one game.
# 31 championships covering 15 different motor sports.
# 35 aspirational cars including Ford GT, Aston Martin Vanquish, Jaguar XKR, Nissan Skyline and AMG-Mercedes CLK.
# 31 global race locations delivering 52 tracks.
# Incredible pack racing: up to 21 cars on track at once, battling for position.
# A stunning new visual engine running 60 frames per second graphics.
# The most sophisticated physics and car handling engine yet.
# All new and hugely realistic Terminal Damage Engine.
# Full online play and System Link mode for Xbox.
# Interactive storyline drives progression through the Championships.
IMPORTANT - GAME BRANDING IN INTERNATIONAL TERRITORIES: *To be published as "DTM Race Driver 2" in Germany/Benelux and as "V8 Supercars 2" in Australia / New Zealand.