MotorStorm RC revs up for a March 6 release

By Jeff Mattas, Feb 22, 2012 1:30pm PST

Evolution Studios' diminutive take on the popular MotorStorm racing series has finally received a North American release date. MotorStorm RC--which, as the title suggests, features vehicles of the remote-controlled variety--will roll onto both the PS Vita and PlayStation 3 on March 6.

One $9.99 purchase on the PlayStation Network will unlock both versions of the game.

"Eight classic MotorStorm vehicle types," and "a full festival championship with dozens of events and medals to earn," are promised by the announcement on the PlayStation Blog. All of this racing will be done on tracks from locations featured in previous MotorStorm games such as Monument Valley, Pacific Ridge, Arctic Edge, and a city besieged by the 'Apocalypse.'

But what about other game modes? MotorStorm RC brings Drift (all about power-sliding), Pursuit (move from last to first place quickly), and Hot Lap (race against the clock). These game-types all supplement the game's Festival racing mode, which naturally includes straight-up races as well. Time Attack and Free Play modes are also included outside of the core Festival races.

Though the PlayStation 3 version of MotorStorm RC includes the ability to play competitive split-screen for up to four players, competing against other humans is mostly a leaderboard-based affair. You'll be able to easily find and chase your friends' best times, regardless of platform, but real-time competitive racing is PS3-only and couch-based. It'll be interesting to see whether PS3 or Vita players clock the best times overall.

Check out the trailer below to see some of MotorStorm RC in action.

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