I’m Jed Ashforth, Gameplay Manager for all of MotorStorm’s forthcoming downloadable content. It’s an exciting time to be here at Evolution Studios; our ‘Revenge Weekend’ content will have hit the store by the time you’re reading this and we’re eager to see what you MotorStorm players out there think of it.
We’ve rolled out ‘Time Attack’ and a couple of updates already, but this is the biggest thing we’ve released so far in terms of downloadable content. Hopefully you’ve all downloaded the MotorStorm 2.0 update already – if not, make sure you grab it and install it before you download any of the new MotorStorm content coming to the PlayStation Store.
To give you a sneak preview of what you’ll be getting when you come to race at the Revenge Weekend:
First and foremost, you’re getting a new track and some new vehicles! You might have heard that Coyote Revenge is ‘just’ a reversed version of Coyote Rage, and that’s something I’d like to clear up. There’s no such thing as a ‘reverse’ track in MotorStorm – one of the things that makes MotorStorm unique is that every track features multiple routes supporting 7 different vehicle classes. Drive any route in reverse and the balance between those 7 vehicle classes goes out the window – downhill runs suddenly become uphill struggles for some vehicles and not for others. Ramps need reconfiguring. Drop-offs need bypassing. Mud on the entrance to a corner becomes mud on the exit of a corner, which has a totally different effect on how a player drives it. And so on. There’s a lot to think about. So our track builders and designers had to go away and seriously rethink how we would construct a MotorStorm track that uses the same basic piece of real estate (all our tracks are themed around real-world locations within Monument Valley) and navigate it in the other direction. They approached it like the race organisers would – what will make a thrilling new race for this festival? You’ll see when you race Coyote Revenge, it’s got a flavour of the earlier track, but at the same time offers a lot of unique sections and routes. It’s totally different to race. That’s going to be available for Online, Time Attack and Offline play.
‘Revenge Weekend’ is also packed with four new vehicles including an ATV, Bike, Big Rig, and a Mudplugger.
The new mini-festival to play offline, ‘Revenge Weekend’, is set over a weekend’s racing with 3 new tickets to work your way through and some great racing to be had. Ever fancied racing Rally cars around Mudpool? Now’s your chance! It’s not going to be easy to finish this festival – if you manage it, we give you a new exclusive vehicle that you can use in any game mode and that’s going to show everyone that you’re an accomplished player. I mean it – we made this vehicle for experts only, and we think that the smugness you’re going to feel online is only going to be increased when you start winning races in it, because safety was the last thing on our minds when we built this ride!
Then there’s the Eliminator mode, which is a new online mode. Any vehicle, any track, and every 20, 30, 40 seconds or whatever, the vehicle at the back is going to be eliminated from the race, hence the name. But this being MotorStorm, we’ve been unable to resist twisting it a little, so now when you get eliminated your flaming wreck of a car is going to spend its boost reserves before it explodes. That means you’re going to be guiding a flaming missile of burning hot boost death down the track after your rivals, and trying to take them out in that final explosion. It’s a really cool mode, and we thought that should have been the name of it – ‘guided flaming missile of burning hot boost death mode’ – but we couldn’t quite fit it on the game setup menu.
And then later in the month, another new vehicle coming out. I can’t tell you too much about it just yet – maybe in a couple of weeks we’ll say a bit more, but there’s a lot of pretty cool and unique-looking MotorStorm vehicles on the way and we’re confident players are going to love them.
In the meantime, we’re working on the next Weekend festival, which we can’t tell you anything about yet – but this is the idea, that we’re keeping the festival alive for MotorStormers with these additional festivals taking place over 2 days and showcasing new tracks and lots of new vehicle designs – and working on a few other top secret things. Keep your eyes peeled down the road and you’ll see what we’ve got planned! Until then, keep your foot down, and enjoy the Revenge Weekend!
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