Project Gotham Racing Making A Comeback

Project Gotham Racing's engines have been stalled since Activision bought developer Bizarre Creations in 2007. Is Microsoft warming up European development studios for a potential PGR revival?

"Trusted sources" tell game development website Develop that Microsoft is currently courting several independent European studios to revive the franchise that was the definitive racing experience on the Xbox and Xbox 360 through four instalments. The original Project Gotham Racing was the second-best selling title on the original Xbox, behind Halo: Combat Evolved.

Develop's sources say that Microsoft is still not sure which developer to hand the important franchise over to. rumours in the past have pointed towards Microsoft-owned Forza Motorsport developer Turn 10. Develop suggests this current developer hunt suggests the project will not be brought in-house.

I'm all for the return of Project Gotham Racing. the series was a sweet spot for me, straddling the line between realism and arcade just right.

We've contacted Microsoft for comment, and will update this post should we receive a response.

Update: "Microsoft does not comment on rumours or speculation."

Project Gotham Racing revival underway [Develop]


Comments

    You're absolutely right about the perfect balance between realism and arcade.
    A few things I want to see, if it ever gets made:
    Time-rewind: admittedly it's a 'win' button. Maybe to balance this, the player must spend Kudos to rewind time.
    Car upgrades: who wouldn't drive an A-class DeLorean?
    Someone other than Bizarre nailing that PGR feel.
    The Nissan Skyline GTR-N: I was disappointed it wasn't in PGR4.
    4-player splitscreen: PGR2 had it; Blur had it; PGR5 needs it.

    I always thought this game was about batman.

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