UK developer SimBin Studios has announced the first women-only esports car racing competition - Women and Wheels.
The time-limited competition, which launches on Steam this autumn, will donate a percentage of its revenue to female-focused charities and "aims to provide a supportive, female-friendly environment that encourages more women to play esports while drawing attention to the often hidden role of women in racing and automotive history".
Despite being able to compete on an equal playing field with men, only five per cent of esports players are women. This is often chalked down to the major earning gaps between men and women as well as the online bullying women in games often endure.
Simbin UK, the newly formed studio that's working alongside Sector3, has confirmed that its first project will be GTR 3, and that it'll be coming to PS4, PC and Xbox One next year.
The announcement comes via a forum post on Racedepartment.com, with Sector3 head Christopher Speed and brother Allan, head of Simbin UK, going into slightly more detail. GTR 3 will be built using Unreal Engine 4, with early shots suggesting it will introduce variable time and weather - a feature missing in Sector3's otherwise excellent RaceRoom. It will share some attributes with RaceRoom - a good thing, seeing how the fundamentals of the PC game are some of the finest in the business - while making a push for accessibility.
"It will be proper simulation but for the console version the casual user is just as important," Allan Speed told Racedepartment.com. "At some point RaceRoom will switch over to the technology we are creating and we'll just take that a different route, as in simulation with support for both console and PC."
SimBin, a name once synonymous with the very best in racing games, is making a comeback with the opening of a new studio in the north west of England.
Swedish racing game boffin SimBin has confirmed work on a free-to-play/free2play game platform.
Simbin has quietly announced GTR 3, heralding the return of the highly acclaimed racing series.
A teaser website makes for a muted and mysterious debut, with few details beyond a slideshow of images soundtracked by the roar and whine of racing engines - audio that, the website states, has been taken directly from the game.
The first GTR helped establish Simbin as one of the top developers of racing games when it was released in 2005. Since then, the Swedish studio has worked on the Race series on the PC, with Race Pro coming to Xbox 360 in 2009.