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MotorStorm 2 demo on Thursday

Plus: soundtrack announced, explained.

Sony America has announced that the MotorStorm Pacific Rift demo will be released for free on PlayStation Store this Thursday, 16th October.

Speaking on the US PlayStation Blog, Evolution Studios' audio man Alan McDermott announced the game's soundtrack and then mentioned the demo.

Evolution is based in Runcorn here in the UK, so you might assume McDermott's post means it will be out in Europe on Thursday too, but we're double-checking anyway. (UPDATE 10.15am: Sony has yet to officially respond, but we've heard through the grapevine that the demo will be out here on Thursday too.)

When it does turn up, you'll be able to trail around the Rain God Spires track in single-player or split-screen two-player, so it's most likely the same as the limited-distribution September demo sent out to Qore subs in the US and randomly-selected European PSN users.

As for the soundtrack, McDermott talks a bit about the thought process behind it, then lets rip with the full listing, complete with notes on each.

MotorStorm: Pacific Rift is due out in the middle of next month, and you can check out our MotorStorm: Pacific Rift gamepage for more in the meantime.

Look for our review of the Sony racer pretty soon, too.