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It sounds like Slightly Mad Studios is making a Fast & Furious game

Too fast, too furious?

By Martin Robinson. 20/09/2017

What happens when you have a CEO who hasn't slept for three days and had a few sips of wine? Well, firstly you get a quite amazingly frank, entertaining and honest interview, and then sometimes you get a little bit more.

Australian YouTuber SpotTheOzzie was streaming himself playing some Project Cars 2 just prior to the launch of Slightly Mad Studio's driving game when he was joined by an unexpected guest - the studio's CEO Ian Bell, who then went on to engage in an open conversation with SpotTheOzzie. (You can join the Q&A with Bell from this point in the video).

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There's some wonderful insight there into the development of Project Cars 2 - a game Bell admits isn't perfect, but one that should be considered a fine achievement given the resources with which it was put together and how it goes wheel-to-wheel with the likes of Forza and Gran Turismo. Fair assessments, both, and in keeping with our review in which I discovered an outstanding racing game that's currently hampered by a handful of technical issues.

Bell also went on to reveal perhaps a little bit more than he should, talking about Slightly Mad Studios' other project - which, it takes very little imagination to conclude, is a tie-in with the Fast & Furious film series.

"Guess what the latest Need for Speed game is doing, and have a think about which Hollywood film they're copying," said Bell on the stream. "And then I can tell you we have a six year deal with that major Hollywood company that'll beat what Need for Speed is doing. For the next six years."

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And, just in case you really weren't convinced, Bell offered another hint a little later on in the stream: "If you look at me, I'm a bald guy and I work out a bit," he said. "So that's a clue."

It sounds like a fairly glorious partnership, and while it won't be the first attempt to bring the franchise to the world of video games - Eutechnyx had a crack in the PS2 era, and Forza Horizon enjoyed a licensed tie-in which featured many of the films' iconic rides - it could be the first time we've seen the exploits of Vin Diesel et al done justice. From the sounds of things, a proper announcement isn't too far off.