It’s been 18 months since we last heard about GTR 3. That silence has ended now, with word that the upcoming sim racer will be on the ground at Gamescom 2018 later this month.
Rather surprisingly, the news doesn’t come from developer SimBin itself. Instead, it comes from Catalyst Games, a Liverpool-based video game production outsourcing company. Rather conveniently, that’s the same city SimBin finds itself in:
GTR3 is SimBin’s https://t.co/QpOv3p9j5C latest motorsport release. This sports title is a multi-platform racing game recreating FIA World Endurance Championship and we will be showcasing it at #Gamescom2018 later this month. pic.twitter.com/xMZqGOmApy
— Catalyst (@Catalyst_Games) August 10, 2018
The tweet reveals that GTR 3 will recreate the FIA World Endurance Championship. What’s interesting is that the 911 GT3 R in the picture doesn’t actually run in the WEC; that’d be the mid-engined 911 RSR. The two cars — The Racing Group’s No. 991 and the No. 9 Gulf Racing machine — competed in IMSA WeatherTech SCC and Super GT, respectively. This could suggest multiple series will at least be partially represented.
Regardless, the focus on the WEC puts the Unreal Engine 4-powered racer in a similar space to Assetto Corsa Competizione. Kunos’ upcoming title, which runs on the same engine, will put the Blancpain GT series in the spotlight when it hits Early Access September 12.
Both racers will feature full 24-hour time of day transitions. One important difference, however, is platform. SimBin is targeting both PC and consoles for GTR 3, whereas ACC is currently PC-only (though that could very well change).
We’re excited to hear more about the title in the near future. With Gamescom kicking off in less than two weeks, it won’t be long at all!
Tip ‘o the hat to Ak1504 for bringing this to our attention!