If you’re a parent as well as a racing fan, you’ll understand why we’re writing about the announcement that Cars 2: The Video Game will be released this summer for PC, Xbox 360, PS3,Wii, and DS.
But just in case you haven’t seen it upwards of 100 times, as I have, then all you need to know is that the original Cars film was a Disney animated adventure which followed the story of racecar Lightning McQueen as he attempted to win the Piston Cup in his rookie season, and en route went through the typical journey of discovery to realise that friends are more important than winning. Heartwarming stuff, but funny enough to keep most parents entertained for the first 5-10 viewings. Plus it also made reference to various bits of Nascar and Route 66 history, and the cast included Richard Petty, Darryl Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Jnr, Michael Schumacher, Mario Andretti and Jeremy Clarkson (In the UK version). And it was accompanied by a number of videogames (For Xbox 360, Wii,PS2, PC,PSP,and DS) and the online virtual world World of Cars Online.
Now the eagerly awaited Cars 2 is due for release – featuring Lightning McQueen and friendly tow truck Mater as they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix and end up tangled up in espionage and intrigue, heading through the streets of Japane and Europe. Cars 2:The Videogame will feature CHROME (Command Headquarters for Recon Operations and Motorized Espionage), with 25 different playable characters, and simulated training missions. It’s being developed by Avalanche Software.
“The team at Avalanche Software is working on exciting ways to combine the power of the franchise with new storylines and characters in Cars 2: The Video Game to create something unlike any other racing game,” said John Blackburn, vice president and general manager of Avalanche Software. “The combination of racing, international locations and spy themes, and the beloved Cars characters makes Cars 2: The Video Game a truly unique game for players of all ages and skill levels to enjoy.”
Cars 2 is also being built to connect with World of Cars Online – as you progress through the game you’ll be able to unlock new items in the browser-based world.
So it might not be strictly for the serious racing game fan, but if you’re hoping to raise a family of car lovers, it’s probably a must have!