Project Gotham Racing Developer Announces Blur, Promises to 'Revolutionize Racing Genre'

By Chris Faylor, May 19, 2009 6:50am PDT The new game from Project Gotham Racing developer Bizarre Creations is an action-racer called Blur, publisher and owner Activision Blizzard announced today.

Featuring the real-world locations and cars you'd expect from Bizarre, Blur's 20-vehicles races will also include power-ups, with the companies hyping Blur as the "ultimate wheel-to-wheel racing action experience" that will "revolutionize [the] racing genre."

"We did our homework and saw a huge opportunity to move beyond traditional racers and create a game completely focused on making racing 'fun' again," said Bizarre Creations Creative Director Martyn Chudley.

"Blur delivers a new style of racing experience for all gamers, regardless of their experience, skill or genre preferences. Everything the player does, both in their cars and with their cars, is a dramatic adrenaline rush; it's a real blast!", he added.

In addition to its singleplayer component, Blur will feature 20-player online races, 4-player split-screen racing and a social "Custom Groups" feature that allows people to create and share custom multiplayer modes.

In development for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Blur will be released this fall.

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    London, UK – 19 May, 2009 – Activision Publishing (Nasdaq: ATVI) is set to revolutionise the racing genre with the debut of Bizarre Creations’ newest project, Blur™ - the ultimate wheel-to-wheel racing action experience.

    The game drops players into heart-pumping, electrified racing action with 20 cars on a track all targeting the finish line and battling each other as they trade paint and collect intense power-ups, including the ability to blast other cars out of the way with huge bursts of energy, boost their speed, and more.

    While controlling photo realistic cars, gamers can use offensive and defensive attacks as they battle for the lead and careen through real-world track locations ranging from L.A. and San Francisco to the streets of Hackney, UK and the treacherous roads of Barcelona, Spain.

    “We did our homework and saw a huge opportunity to move beyond traditional racers and create a game completely focused on making racing ‘fun’ again,” said Martyn Chudley, creative director, Bizarre Creations. “Blur delivers a new style of racing experience for all gamers, regardless of their experience, skill or genre preferences. Everything the player does, both in their cars and with their cars, is a dramatic adrenaline rush; it’s a real blast!”

    “We know that racing can be fun for everyone, and we are excited to enter this genre with a game that keeps players in the pack and combines fun with intense racing battles,” said Maria Stipp, EVP and GM of Owned Properties, Activision Publishing. “Bizarre Creations is one of the most creative studios in the industry with a rich heritage of top-rated racing games and we are excited to partner with them on Blur, which is set to break the mold of traditional racing games.”

    Beyond the action-packed racing filled with fast curves, sneaky alternate routes, hair-raising jumps and fully realised damage models that provide for spectacular crashes, Blur’s narrative is presented through Bizarre’s innovative new community-based interface, reaching far beyond the game itself. This unique story-driving social network evolves dynamically as players compete in different races, make new friends, rivals and fans, and connect with other racers both in-game and in real life.

    Looking beyond Blur’s single player story, gamers can engage in competitive and team-based multiplayer races with up to 20 players online, or on a single console via 4-player split-screen. Bizarre is especially excited to introduce Blur’s original social gaming experience – custom groups, where anyone can create unique multiplayer modes based on their favourite ways to play the game. These new modes are immediately shared through Blur’s social network, expanding the game in ways that are only limited by the gaming community’s creativity.

    Blur is planned for release this autumn for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, and the PC, and is yet to be rated by the BBFC and PEGI.