Milestone has announced Ride, a new bike racing game IP coming to PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One (hurrah!) in Spring 2015.
Ride represents Milestone's first intellectual property, in what seems to be a new direction for the company. Prior to this, the Italian developer has been churning out racing games based on licensed motorsports such as MotoGP and WRC.
No screenshots or gameplay have been released yet for Ride, but Milestone has unveiled a few tantalising details to give us an idea of what to expect from the new IP.
Ride will feature over 100 bikes spanning 4 different categories: Superbikes, Supersports, Naked, and Historical Bikes. Potentially, this could be the largest ensemble of bikes featured in a game yet, overtaking Polyphony's Tourist Trophy. Players will be able to race on a variety of real world city, country and historic circuits.
Ride will also offer "unprecedented levels of vehicle and rider customisation, presenting players with a vast array of options to keep gameplay fresh and exhilarating over the long term. The RIDE experience will accompany players and riders alike on the long road of the true motorcyclist."
“It is with great pleasure that we are able to publically announce our first proprietary IP: RIDE. Milestone has worked hard over the last few years to get to the position we are in today, where we can compete with the major companies in the international gaming scene on an equal footing. This was made possible with the help of the licensed games we develop and distribute worldwide. After more than 15 years of hard work, we felt the need to develop something that would bring together all our expertise and encapsulate the Milestone DNA with respect to the world of motorcycling,” said Marco Micallef, Director of Marketing and Sales.
As always throughout the history of the company,” he continued, “we have analysed what our international community of players have been asking us for and carried out internal research to find out how we could satisfy their demands in full. With RIDE, we’re confident that players and motorcycle enthusiasts the world over will feel the irresistible urge, pad clutched in hands, perched on the edge of the sofa, to physically lean into those corners as they speed along the tracks.”
It all sounds like a promising new direction, allowing Milestone to stick to their two wheeled roots as one of a long-standing developer of bike racing games. Keep checking the TeamVVV website for any forthcoming announcements as the inevitble myriad of screenshots and videos start to surface.