Codemasters has confirmed the beloved GRID series will return to PC and consoles, with an all-new mainline entry in the franchise.
Much like its GRID Autosport predecessor from 2014, the new GRID strives to offer an accessible-yet-authentic racing experience; allowing players to race on permanent tracks and challenging street circuits in a variety of racing disciplines.
That’s not to say GRID won’t punish drivers for making mistakes, however. More aggressive drivers risk terminally damaging their car, thanks to the title’s “realistic damage [that] can affect both the car’s performance and handling”, and it’s hinted that NPC opponents you repeatedly make contact with won’t hesitate on returning the favour.
A full car roster will be revealed closer to launch, though Codemasters has confirmed GRID will feature vehicles as varied as muscle cars to modified vehicles. The initial teaser trailer also confirms an array of vintage touring cars and WEC-spec GT machinery from Porsche, Ferrari and Chevrolet will be represented in the game.
Players will get to experience all of this content in a single-player career mode, with progression being dictated through a variety of means. As well as a Project CARS-style accolades system, players can further their GRID careers by acquiring cards, beating other opponents and reaching specific milestones.
Waiting at the end of the player’s journey is perhaps GRID’s most unexpected content addition: a head-to-head battle against Fernando Alonso in his championship-winning Renault R26 F1 car. Alonso’s influence on the game isn’t limited to his likeness being used either, as his FA Racing esports team will be represented in GRID and the legendary racing driver has been brought on by Codemasters as a “Race Consultant”.
“GRID as a racing franchise is revered by our community and we are delighted to bring it to the current generation of consoles,” said Chris Smith, GRID Game Director at Codemasters. “The game offers so much variety and depth, from the number of modern and classic cars through to the locations and race options. Renowned for its handling, the game will appeal to all types of player, from casual drivers who want a lean-in challenge, to sim drivers who want some serious fun.”
Fernando Alonso added: “Having competed across F1®, Endurance and Stock Racing, GRID is the perfect game for me and I’m delighted the studio has added both myself and my racing team into the game. GRID offers so much variety and I welcome the challenge when players get to line-up against me.”
GRID is on track to race onto store shelves on 13th September 2019, for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.