Blur Release Date Confirmed, Beta Details Emerge

BOOM widget 94852 The latest racer from the Project Gotham and Geometry Wars veterans at Bizarre Creations, Blur will hit North America on May 25 and Europe on May 28, the studio has confirmed.

All three versions--PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360--are expected to be released then.

The game's retail debut will be prefaced by an Xbox 360 multiplayer beta that kicks off March 8 and runs through the month. There'll be various ways to get into the beta--we've already given away 900 keys--but just to be safe, you may want to sign up over on the official site (look for the "Blur Beta" box in the lower right-hand corner).

As for what that beta will contain, Bizarre provided the following rundown:

  • 14 cars in four different car classes (A through D). Some are nippy (Koenigsegg CCX-R), some are beautiful (Volkswagen Scirocco), some are tough (Land Rover Defender SVX), and some are just plain cool (Chevrolet Camaro 1969).
  • 4 different race tracks: Barcelona Gracia, Tokyo Shutoko, Amboy, and Long Beach Docks. Each provides a totally different racing experience, from wide-open off-road races to tight, technical inner-city tracks. My personal favourite is the Docks - it's got alternate routes through shipping containers, and one particular crossover which is going to ruin a few bumpers...
  • Twitter support. You can enter your Twitter credentials and share a Tweet or two DIRECTLY from the game. And it won't spam your account either - nothing is posted without your say-so. Just hit the left-bumper from anywhere in the menus to bring up the "Share" menu.
  • ...And of course, 8 meaty power-ups. These really are what make Blur different to every other racer out there. They're so important that we've built a brand new section of our website to tell you about them.