Capcom has offered "many apologies" to the MotoGP 09/10 owners whose games have been broken by an automatic title update.
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Capcom has lifted the lid on three titles it's got lined up for a 2011 release.
Topping the bill is Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, as reported earlier.
Then there's Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, which sees Nathan Spencer facing a new, "technologically sophisticated" foe named General Sabio. He'll have upgraded powers, including the ability to jump. The game will be released via Xbox Live and PlayStation Network in Q1 of next year.
The current generation of MotoGP games hasn't had the smoothest of rides in terms of consistency and quality. After MotoGP '08, fans were left wondering whether Milestone would reprise its role for the 2009 season, but the Italian company went back to the Superbike World Championship instead. So as an alternative, Capcom opted for Monumental Games - a studio founded by ex-Climax employees - for the new MotoGP developer. But the question is, after two years in development, will Monumental finally be the one to do MotoGP justice?
In terms of handling simulation, hardcore racing fans may be disappointed, because MotoGP 09/10 is once again in the realms of arcade physics. Players can set the racing difficulty to gentle, moderate, severe or insane - as well as tinkering with traction control and front and back ABS - but even on the highest difficulty the riding experience is beyond forgiving. You can ride the 800cc bikes almost flat out along the long straight at Mugello at sub-180mph speeds, only to drop perfectly into the corner after barely a second of heavy braking.
It's also very difficult to crash, because even grabbing the front while at full tilt only results in rapid deceleration and a slight wobble - rather than the inevitable lowside. Furthermore, there's no visible feedback for gunning the throttle while the bike isn't more or less upright, as this should stutter the movement and harm your acceleration. The rear brake can also be used liberally while in the sweeping corners for subtle power-sliding, which is certainly possible, but it's not something the MotoGP elite use in every corner.
Capcom has announced that it will release a demo for bike racer MotoGP 09/10 on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network on Thursday 4th March. That's tomorrow!
Capcom has confirmed that MotoGP 09/10 is coming to PS3 and Xbox 360 next month.
The game will be released on 19th March, to be precise. You'll be able to update the game with all the 2010 season content, including the new Silverstone track and team. The update will be available shortly after the game goes on sale and will be free to download.
MotoGP 09/10 will feature online races for up to 20 players. You'll get to vote to decide the circuit, bike class and number of laps, and check your ranking on a global leaderboard. Plus you can download ghosts and racing lines to fine-tune your skills.
This week I was given the privilege of blasting a brand new Yamaha R1 around the Stowe circuit at Silverstone. Although it was on a cold morning where I couldn't get any heat into the tyres, for those brief 20 minutes of amateur riding I was reminded of all the reasons I love biking.
MotoGP 09/10 will feature a new Rider Reputation point system to reward the gutsy Mavericks among you.
Capcom has announced that Monumental Games' new MotoGP title is called MotoGP 09/10. Bit presumptuous.
It's due out next March on PS3 and Xbox 360 and features all the bikes, riders and tracks from the 2009 championship, with the promise of free data updates as the 2010 championship unfolds.
The Career mode is going to have races, obviously, but also management elements, so you can hire and fire engineers, team managers and press officers.