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Tuesday, 02 November 2010 09:36

A new PGR might be in the future

Written by David Stellmack
microsoft

Microsoft said to be considering options
Next to Halo one of the most successful titles in the history of the Xbox and Xbox 360 is the Project Gotham Racing franchise. With the departure of Bizarre Creations from the Microsoft fold to Activision and their recent release of Blur, the future of PGR has been in limbo. (Microsoft retained the rights to the PGR franchise after Bizarre Creations left.)

For a while, rumors had circulated that Microsoft was going to tap Turn 10 studios with the task of developing a new chapter in the PGR franchise, but apparently they thought Turn 10 was too busy with Forza Motorsport and other projects to take on a new PGR title.

Microsoft apparently has been fishing around Europe, which is home to some of the best developers of racing titles, and considering their options for the development of a new PGR title to be released by Microsoft Game Studios at some point in the future. Whispers we hear suggest that Microsoft has listened to a number of pitches by several developers, but as yet they have not made a decision.

Sources suggest that Microsoft would like to find a developer that would continue the tradition of the franchise, while at the same time perhaps take it in a new direction with some new ideas. If they can’t find a deal to their liking, it is possible that Microsoft might ramp up at Turn 10 to bring the next PGR to life, but at this point that does not seem likely.

Expect Microsoft to make a decision over the next couple of months, with an announcement next year at some point. The news is good for fans of the franchise, as it doesn’t look like it is going to die.

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0 #1 loadwick 2010-11-02 10:54
Microsoft are idiots and have destroyed the only good thing going for the XBOX, Bizarre Creations!

I bought an XBOX360 purely for PGR4 and Geometer Wars and don't regret it for a second.

But what Microsoft seem to not understand is that people don't love that game because its called PGR they love it because it looked and played fantastically. That is solely down to Bizarre. They are deciding who will make the next PGR but it won't be PGR it will just have its name.

Bizarre Creations only wanted to make more money and make games for all platforms which is understandable. So kiss and make up and lets get back to making the best games on the XBOX!
 
 
0 #2 Harry Lloyd 2010-11-02 12:28
They seem to be loosing more and more developers (Bungie).

Fortunately I'm not a fan of any of these series.
 

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