New motorcycle racing “simulator” announced

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We hate to give you video game news for the second time this week, but – publisher Bandai Namco has announced a new motorcycle racing simulator that will allow players to ride dozens of different real-life models.

While motorcycle video games have traditionally featured fictional machines (like Road Rash 3’s mythical Ratzo 500), the new racing sim (called Ride) will have current machines like Yamaha’s FZ-09 and the Ducati Superleggara.

Most games like this have focused on sportbikes, but Ride will feature bikes in the Superbikes, Supersports, Naked and Historical classes. Does that mean we’ll see a Yamaha XS650 finally appear in a video game? One can only hope …

Players will be able to race the bikes in virtual track and street environments. The game is being developed by the same people who made the MotoGP 14 game we told you about earlier.

Of course, no digital thrill will ever replace being able to actually ride a real motorcycle, but this might be a way to kill a few long winter evenings – in 2016. The game won’t be released until spring 2015, and we’re guessing most readers will be riding their real motorcycles by then. No simulator will ever be as fun as the real thing.

Ride will be available for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

3 COMMENTS

  1. This looks like it has the potential to be a successor to the amazing Tourist Trophy back in the PS2 days. …As long as the physics are as good.

  2. I just hope it captures the real spirit or motorcycling… Riding an obnoxiously loud cruiser past other people’s houses, and then parking it out front of a coffee shop for bonus points.

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