Classic Nintendo 64 and arcade racer Cruis’n USA is due for a revival with the upcoming launch of an arcade sequel developed by Raw Thrills, Arcade Heroes reports.
Popular in arcades throughout the 1990s, Cruis’n USA and its sequels Cruis’n World and Cruis’n Exotica can still be found at many bus stations, laundromats, and restaurants across the United States in the present day. The upcoming sequel, titled Cruis’n Adventure, will be the first arcade release for the series since 1999’s Cruis’n Exotica.
Helmed by Defender and Robotron: 2084 creator Eugene Jarvis, Raw Thrills is one of the few remaining developers and manufacturers of modern arcade games. Despite arcade gaming’s declining popularity in recent years, Raw Thrills continues to ship out new arcade cabinets on a regular basis, including games based on licensed properties like Batman and Jurassic Park.
Notably, Raw Thrills has released several arcade games based on The Fast and the Furious film license, and the upcoming Cruis’n Adventure will feature gameplay similar to the company’s recent The Fast and the Furious: DRIFT and Fast & Furious Super Cars. Raw Thrills previously ported its 2004 arcade racer The Fast and the Furious to the Nintendo Wii under the title Cruis’n, removing all licensed material as part of the switch in branding.
Arcade Heroes reports that the Cruis’n Adventure test location cabinets are very similar in build to previous Cruis’n series games. Like its predecessors, Cruis’n Adventure focuses on pick-up-and-play simplicity, limiting player input to a gas pedal, a brake pedal, a nitro booster, and three dashboard buttons that control in-game camera angles.
Responding to a request for clarification, Raw Thrills told Arcade Heroes that Cruis’n Adventure is officially licensed by former series publisher Nintendo, and confirms that the sequel is “designed from scratch” with a “completely new engine” compared to previous Raw Thrills games.
A release date for Cruis’n Adventure is not yet known.
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