Capcom has secured the exclusive worldwide rights to publish games in the MotoGP series across all hardware platforms.
After wracking my brains for several days, trying to figure out which other game MotoGP 07's supposedly intimidating difficulty curve resembles, I've finally worked it out.
It's not a Formula One game, although that would appear to be the obvious comparison. After all, both skew more towards accurate simulation than arcade thrills and both tend to send gamers unfamiliar with the difference screaming into the darkness. Nor is it Gran Turismo, or any of the other more realistic racers out there. While MotoGP features a line-up of state of the art real world bikes with far-reaching opportunities for technical tinkering, it's always been a series more in love with the adrenalin of the race than the aesthetics of the ride. For all its attention to technical detail, this isn't auto-porn.
No, the game that crept into the back of my mind while playing MotoGP 07 was, somewhat bizarrely, Guitar Hero. Think about it. Both look really cool when in the hands of an expert, both seem incredibly hard if you play using a mindset that works in other games, and yet both reward patience and practice with a rush of pure gaming joy when you realise you've cracked something that once seemed impossible.
Xbox Live users got a pleasant surprise yesterday when a demo of Climax's MotoGP '07 popped up for download.
Capcom has snapped up the rights to develop MotoGP games for PlayStation formats.
More than five years after the first Climax-developed game in the series was released, a new MotoGP title is on the way this September. Once again, you can expect all the bikes, tracks, riders and liveries from the real life MotoGP season, and once again there are season, quick race, time trial and extreme modes. In other words, fans will find plenty here that's familiar.
Roaring onto the starting-grid this afternoon is THQ, who's announced a fresh new motorbike adventure for Xbox 360 and PC, due for release this autumn.
MotoGP '07 will expand on last year's efforts by adding 800cc bikes, more tracks, fresh next-gen visuals and more customisation options than ever before. Plus there'll be all the latest information from the 2007 racing season, online tournaments and pink-slip racing, as well as revamped GP and Extreme modes.
"THQ's MotoGP titles have shipped in excess of 1.5 million units and are critically acclaimed for pushing the limits of realism and console technology," said Bob Aniello, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, THQ. "With MotoGP ‘07, THQ raises the bar yet again for both core gamers and racing enthusiasts."