Today it has been officially confirmed that rumours WRC 2010 will be iOpener enabled are true, as iOpener media announce that they have signed an agreement with the FIA WRC and Black Bean Games.
Whilst it does not seem that the technology will intially offer hugely exciting gameplay experiences, it appears from the press release that the technology will be developed over time.
“This study should take us a step closer to our goal of allowing WRC fans anywhere in the world the opportunity to become part of the action,” commented Simon Long, CEO of North One Sport Ltd. “Using the internet they would be able to compete in the rally on the same stages against some of the best drivers in the world. If this test is successful then we hope in the future to crown our first virtual rally champion.”You can read the full press release here.
iOpener CEO Andy Lürling added, “Together we aim to configure North One Sport’s systems and iOpener’s patented technology to capture high accuracy live action GPS which can then be integrated into the next generation of WRC video games. These games will allow fans to drive, co-drive, manage or simply watch the WRC from the heart of the action.”
- iOpener gathers GPS and telemetry data from the car and delivers that data into the game within a delay of 3 secs, like live TVMore information on the game is available on our WRC 2010 game profile, don't forget to post your comments below and on our forums. Keep up to date by following us on Twitter.
- No real limit how many cars can be on track (and tracked) at the same time
- They aim to have all major motorsport series iOpener Enabled within a few years
- Live races are stored: after a few years, you can even replay an event from 2010
- iOpener algorithms handle possible accidents with pro drivers and the player, they want pros to be able to naturally overtake the player even if they don't see the player on the real track (this is still being polished in the RTR beta)
- More beta keys to come
- iOpener can support both arcade and simulation games
- They plan to release the first iOpener game (Real-Time Racing from Simbin) this fall
- The cooperation with WRC has begun, the aim is to have the series iOpener Enabled by 2012, but before that some will be able to test it