Eurogamer can exclusively reveal that a new instalment in the TOCA series is heading to PSP later this year.
Before TOCA Race Driver came screeching along, the world of racing simulators was a pretty bleak landscape. Often hiding their complete lack of accessibility behind the po-faced claims of "realistic" handling, they were almost always blighted by the kind of learning curves that made scaling Everest seem eminently doable by comparison.
On the other extreme, most arcade racing games seem determined to be as ludicrously unrealistic as possible, with handling and damage modelling based entirely on providing fun and thrills to literally anyone. No bad thing, but not necessarily for those of us wanting a slice of fun to go with our wedge of authenticity.
Bridging the gap
Codemasters has released a new demo for TOCA Race Driver 3 - and it's now available for download via Eurofiles.
Codemasters has released a new playable demo for TOCA Race Driver 3 - and it's now available for download.
Codemasters has released a new trailer for forthcoming PC, PS2 and Xbox title TOCA Race Driver 3 - and it's now available via the official website.
There's still a while to wait till the finished game hits the shelves, though, as it's currently down for a February release. But by the sounds of things it should be worth waiting for: you can expect 35 different motorsport genres, 100 championships, everything from vintage classics to cutting-edge cruisers and some of the most famous tracks in the world.
Visit the website for more details, or read our first impressions.
Codemasters has revealed more of what we can expect from next year's TOCA Race Driver 3 for PC, PS2 and Xbox, and released some brand new screenshots into the bargain.
TOCA 3 "will get any racing gamer hot under the helmet," apparently, with more than 100 individual championships spread over 35 different racing disciplines. That's "more than any other racing game has ever offered," don't you know.
"Forget modded cars, forget streetcars," says Codies, and we're happy to oblige having had to review SRS last week. "Just jump straight into some of the world's most exciting real competition cars, both modern and historic."
Following on from our recent interview with Codemasters studio head Gavin Raeburn, a few more details of TOCA Race Driver 3 for PC, PS2 and Xbox have been revealed.
Codies says it plans to offer "a greater degree of simulation" with the latest instalment in the series, adding elements such as detailed race rules and regulations to Pro Career mode.
There are more than 100 different motorsport championships to choose from, which can be customised for both online and offline play with options to activate qualifying, race flags, pit stop refuelling and tyre strategies. Plus you can opt for practice sessions, car tuning, race lengths and car upgrades - in accordance with the rules, of course.
Codemasters studio head Gavin Raeburn has said he would like to see one more iteration of the TOCA Race Driver series on current generation consoles, but the company does plan to move it over to the next generation, starting with Xbox 360, in due course.
After a promising start, the last few years has seen TOCA Race Driver emerge as one of Codemasters' most successful and critically acclaimed game series, not to mention one of the best of its class - and when you consider that it's shooting somewhere between arcade and simulation racing, genres that are hardly understocked as it is, that's no mean feat. With TOCA Race Driver 3, the British team aims to expand the game's focus in both areas, work more with the story mode and the nitty gritty of the simulation side, include more online options and shift the technology into another gear. Speaking to Eurogamer, studio head Gavin Raeburn outlines the team's plans, and also spares a little time for our cheeky questions about next generation versions of the game and the difficulties in producing a PlayStation Portable version.