Ferrari has been a part of the Test Drive series since the very beginning, with the games featuring everything from the Testarossa to the 458 Italia, and now Atari has announced a title dedicated to the legendary brand. Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends is its name, and it promises to be everything the tifosi could want.
Atari’s CEO Kim Wilson has called the game “a landmark chapter” in the Test Drive saga, and it will offer an extensive campaign mode that follows Ferrari’s history, plus both single and multiplayer online modes that can support up to eight players per race.
Rather than concentrate solely on Ferrari’s road cars, the game will cover several race series too, including Formula One, rally and GT racing. There will be 36 circuits in total, but none have been named yet, although they will include Grand Prix tracks and test circuits. It makes sense that Fiorano and one of either Monza or Imola will be included, and we can hope for a lap of the Nurburgring too.
Like the track list, the featured cars haven’t been confirmed either, but Atari say there will be more than 50 Ferrari models to drive. We can expect detailed interiors and exteriors on all vehicles, plus, perhaps surprisingly, damage effects too.
The press release announcing the game calls the physics model “convincing,” but adds that it has been ‘tuned for pick-up-and-play racing.” Take that how you will, but it sounds like it’s going to be more arcade that simulation.
Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends will be out in the spring on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Gamershell.com has published a series of screenshots from the PC version, and although they look like cut-scene shots, there’s no denying they look fantastic.
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