THQ unveils new off-roader for PS3, 360

Races can last up to four hours.

THQ has announced plans to release a new off-road racing game for PS3 and Xbox 360.

Baja (pronounced "badger", at least in the Eurogamer office) is being developed by some of the team behind the MX vs. ATV games. It combines "the best elements of the real-world sport with the right balance of arcade fun", according to the press release.

There will be more than 100 square miles of tough terrain to explore, featuring mountains, mud and canyons. Expect 40 vehicles in eight classes, including Trophy Trucks, 4x4s and buggies. Vehicles can be upgraded with hundreds of different parts.

There are Hill Climb challenges, head-to-head Open Class races, circuit races and of course "The Baja", described as, "the ultimate off-road endurance challenge". Because Baja's "open worlds extend thousands of miles across all landscapes" races can last "up to four hours", apparently.

You can also expect lifelike physics and a support management system to help you monitor and repair damage. Up to four players will be able to take part in split-screen races and there's online and LAN play for up to 12 drivers.

Baja is down for a release in August.

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