Milestone to Announce New Racing IP at GDC 2017

February 15th, 2017 by Brendan Rorrison

Milestone will bring an entirely new racing IP to the table at this year’s Games Developers Conference in San Francisco. The Italian developer will add to their existing line of racing IPs including Sebastien Loeb Rally, Moto GP and MXGP. The title will even be playable at the event hosted between February 27 – March 3.

The news comes from a press release by Milestone themselves. Alongside the upcoming MXGP 3, the team will be bringing a new IP which aims to showcase ‘their continued mastery of the motorsports arena’. No other details are divulged about the title, but reading between the lines may hint toward what to expect.

EmArA takes the Peugeot 405 Turbo 16 Pikes Peak for a drive in Milestone’s Sebastian Loeb Rally EVO.

This will be the developer’s first appearance at GDC and as such could hint toward a North-American motorsport inspired title. Milestone’s Vice President, Luisa Bixio, even makes particular mention of this by stating the company want to “lay out their plans for America in 2017”.

Although not related to the upcoming game, Bixio also comments on how Milestone as a developer are going from strength to strength. The number of employees working at the racing specialists has quadrupled in the past few years; it’s refreshing to see evidence of developers in the racing genre remaining healthy.

Despite pushing out a lot of titles, Milestone have often struggled with quality. Sebastien Loeb Rally: Evo, in particular, did well in an increasingly crowded rally sub-genre, but still paled in comparison to DiRT Rally in the eyes of many. This new IP will hope to replicate the moderate success of SLR:E when it launches.

Whilst we don’t have much to go on, those who are fans of Milestone’s other series like Ride and Sebastien Loeb Rally should keep an eye out in the coming weeks for the big reveal. Given their library’s varied past, which includes both 2-wheel and 4-wheel action, we’re sure it will offer something unique.

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