An interesting new driving game will be released soon with twin stick arcade racer Inertial Drift due in August 2020.
It’s developed by Level 91 Entertainment, and it’s the first title from the team, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. You steer each car with the left stick of your controller, and control your drift with the right stick. Which should work well for a fast paced arcade racer, along with the normal throttle and brake controls.
The game includes 20 tracks and 16 different driving styles, all in a “90s retro-future” setting. Which is hopefully self-explanatory from the screenshots and video. But if not, think of bright neon lights and JDM cars drifting around in arcade style.
The cel shaded look of the cars is also reminiscent of Capcom’s Auto Modellista from the PS2, GameCube and original Xbox era.
In a modern twist, all the cars are electric. And each of the 16 available at launch have unique handling characteristics. Meaning different techniques are required to get the best from your choice.
The racing is all one-on-one. Which means you can challenge players online or offline, to get your name on the game leaderboards. And both ghost cars and AI opponents are available for you to practice against.
Inertial drift is being published by PQube, and will be available digitally for the PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch on August 7th, 2020, and also in a physical edition for the Switch and PlayStation 4.
Are you intrigued enough to potentially pick up the twin stick arcade racer Inertial Drift due in August? If so, you can add it to your wishlist on Steam for the PC right now. Other pre-order options are apparently coming soon, and we’ll let you know if they involve any bonsus for committing to the game in advance of release.
It’ll certainly be an interesting alternative to the more sim racing approach of Drift21, which enters Steam Early Access today (May 7th). And possibly mean an easier way for more people to experience the fun of drifting, especially if you’ve struggled with the standard approach for most racing games.
Update: Physical editions of Interial Drift are now available to pre-order exclusively from Game for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 ahead of the August 11th, 2020 release date.