GRID Now Coming to DS Too

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Previously announced last year for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, Codemasters’ latest Race Driver installment GRID is also now in development for the DS, with all platform versions set to launch simultaneously this summer. In addition to the usual assortment of modes, vehicles and track environments, GRID‘s DS form will exclusively feature a robust track editor just like the one featured in last year’s Race Driver: Create and Race, only evolved to include even more options and functionality. And to no surprise, Create and Race developer Firebrand Games is heading up development on the DS GRID, so expect the same high quality portable racing experience. Continue reading for a gallery of eight first-look screenshots and Codemasters’ official game announcement.

GRID™ coming to Nintendo DS™ this summer, complete with street creation system

It’s all about creating the race – GRID™ set to define portable racing.

BURBANK, Calif. – February 12, 2008 – This summer, take inspiration from competing in the world’s most exciting racing cars on legendary circuits and iconic city streets and then get creative with the most powerful track editor in portable gaming, as Codemasters® announces that a special edition of GRID™ is coming to Nintendo DS™.

Set to launch simultaneously with the home console and PC versions, the Nintendo DS edition has been specifically designed for the handheld and is set to offer the most complete pick-up-and-play handheld racing package, complete with stunning visuals.

GRID will deliver intense, incident-packed wheel-to-wheel racing against aggressive AI opponents to create a breathtaking race experience, all the way from the grid to the flag. Accessible handling will enable gamers to jump straight into the action, while a huge career mode includes championship and race events. Quick fire challenges offer a fast fix of racing for gamers on-the-go and include time trials, speed tests and chase events.

Bringing a new world of motor sport to life, players will race at beautifully realized and diverse locations across three continents. In Europe, race prestige marques on the world’s most famous circuits including Spa and the Nurburgring. In the U.S., compete in powerful muscle cars through the streets of San Francisco to Washington DC. Taking the race to Japan, experience the unique exhilaration of drift racing on the neon-lit streets of Shibuya and then compete in Touge events, downhill races that are just barely legal.

Exclusively for the Nintendo DS edition, GRID will feature the evolution of the critically acclaimed track editor, first seen in Race Driver™: Create and Race™. With over 60 individual pieces, the creation system offers near-limitless design options, including the ability to personalize trackside hoardings and billboards. Players will be able to craft complete championship circuits in detail or, using the simple Free-Draw tool, create and race within minutes.

Extensive online and multiplayer options let players compete in adrenaline pumping four-player races, climb to the top of global online leader boards for every race event, or share up to four individually created tracks with up to four players in the ultimate custom race series. Gamers can also upload and download new tracks to GRID servers.

With a stunning selection of real-world settings, outstanding racing cars, a powerful track editor and incredible graphics, GRID is the most exciting, fun and feature packed racing game you can fit in your pocket. Developed by Firebrand Games, the team responsible for the award-winning Race Driver: Create and Race, the Nintendo DS edition of GRID is coming summer 2008. To register for future driver briefings and get a place on the grid, be sure to visit www.grid-game.com.

The Nintendo DS edition of GRID is rated “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB.

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