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Codemasters teams up with Alonso for fourth instalment of Grid


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Codemasters will launch the fourth in its Grid series of games in September featuring input from two times world champion Fernando Alonso.

The new instalment in the Grid series will arrive on September 13th for PlayStation, Xbox and PC.

Alonso has been appointed as race consultant for the title. He and his ESports team FA Racing feature in the game, which culminates in a showdown event featuring his 2006 world championship-winning Renault R26 F1 car.

“Having competed across F1, Endurance and Stock Racing, Grid is the perfect game for me and I’m delighted the studio has added both myself and my racing team into the game,” said Alonso. “Grid offers so much variety and I welcome the challenge when players get to line-up against me.”

The game will include a broad range of racing modes including circuit, street racing, ovals, hot laps, point-to-point and time attack. Players will have a choice of GT, touring, stock, muscle, super-modified and other cars to race on “some of the world’s most famous city streets and race circuits”.

Grid game director Chris Smith said the franchise, which began life as the official game of the TOCA British Touring Car Championship, is “revered by our community”.

“The game offers so much variety and depth, from the number of modern and classic cars through to the locations and race options. Renowned for its handling, the game will appeal to all types of player, from casual drivers who want a lean-in challenge, to sim drivers who want some serious fun.”

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    21 comments on “Codemasters teams up with Alonso for fourth instalment of Grid”

    1. Going by Alonso’s luck, Codemasters’ll ship the PS4 discs in Xbox cases and vice versa.

      Oh wait, that’s Codemasters. Not McLaren. Ignore me.

    2. Too bad the online community in these games are pure poison… The races can be fun.. if you survive the first few corners.

      1. @tryneplague – I’m not much of an online player, so pardon my question – are you referring to in-game chat, or something else?

        1. First corner destruction derby

          1. i.e. They intentionally crash you out? @johnmilk

        2. I mean respecting each other on the road. Only way to have decent races is to simply remove the ability to bump into each other by transforming everyone into ghosts. Imagine racing against 20 RoGros.

          1. Ah, ok. Thank you @tryneplague and @johnmilk

      2. @tryneplague is that a dreamcast logo?

        1. It is :)

      3. Magnus Rubensson (@)
        22nd May 2019, 10:45

        It depends on where you race – it can be very good if you find the right place.
        I joined a Grand Prix Legends league back in 2003 (GBGPL) and stayed with the same group of online racers for nearly 10 years.

        This league was led by the late Pete Stenning (“da Boss”) who was himself a track marshal at (if I remember correctly) Brands Hatch and Snetterton. Pete had rules but he was not ‘dictatorial’ – da Boss kept us all in place. It was a great, great place to be, probably about 60-70 drivers in 3 to 4 divisions at its peak. First I hovered around in division 3 (slower drivers) and after a while as I got faster, I got promoted into division 2. Even had a brief spell in division 1 but really couldn’t keep up at all with those guys so I dropped back to D2 and felt at home.

        Sure there were crashes, disconnects and bad races… but overall it was a fantastic experience. I don’t have enough time or stamina to do online racing anymore, but I do miss it sometimes. These days I don’t know which simulator to use… I guess iRacing is good one but I would not join the open races (for the same reason you mentioned).

        I would recommend joining a racing league so you race against people who ARE respectful on track and also have approximately the same skill and speed as you have. Racing leagues don’t want crashers so any idiots who just log on to crash into others will very quickly get kicked out.

    3. Duncan Snowden
      21st May 2019, 18:27

      Heh, there’s a coincidence. I was just playing the original last night after finally getting it to work with Steam Play (PROTON_FORCE_LARGE_ADDRESS_AWARE=1 in the Launch Options box, Linux fans). Pretty arcade-ey, obviously, but it still holds up surprisingly well. Love the way Le Mans has a day/night cycle regardless of race length. Nice touch.

      1. Thanks for the tip!

        1. Duncan Snowden
          21st May 2019, 23:37

          No problem. Good to know I’m not the only Linux gamer round these parts. :)

    4. Dont bring mclaren with you

    5. Electroball76
      21st May 2019, 20:42

      Next week: the bosses at Codies get the sack after Alonso’s game crashes before the first race.

    6. Alonso gets involved in a game, there is already a glitch in the first picture

    7. I used to enjoy the older TOCA/Race driver games as well as the original Grid. But I just didn’t enjoy Grid 2 (Can’t actually remember why now though, Think it was the career that didn’t click with me) & there was something about the handling in Grid Autosport that I just never got on with. I like playing games like these (The more sim/sim-cade styles titles) with a wheel/pedals & I could just never get Grid Autosport to feel right, Always felt a bit twitchy, floaty & imprecise somehow (Felt the same about the NFS Shift games) & I was never able to tune it to get it to feel closer to my liking.

    8. NeverElectric
      22nd May 2019, 1:43

      Codemasters CEO Frank Sagnier should probably polish off his cv now…with the involvement of Alonso, it’s virtually guaranteed that Codemasters will ship an underwhelming product, Alonso will blame the team, and the closest senior person will have to carry the can – in this case, the CEO.

    9. Those quotes don’t sound like Alonso !

      Has anyone found a fix for the D3D device has been removed – error? on PC 2018F1 ?

    10. Bring back Project Gotham.

    11. +1000000

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