MXGP: The Official Motocross Videogame was another solid entry in Milestone's plethora of specialist motorsport titles when it was released earlier this year. And yet it felt held back – a consequence of being constrained to last-gen hardware. In their defense, it was simply a matter of unfortunate timing with development schedules as the next-generation hardware loomed. MotoGP '14, on the other hand, marked the Italian developer's debut title on PS4, paving the way for future next-gen releases.
With this in mind, Milestone has announced that a new PS4 version of MXGP will be released this Autumn, adding some new exclusive content and improvements.
18 tracks will be included in the PS4 version of MXGP. While several were missing from the calendar in the original release, the remaining four have been added to the PS4 game: Italy – Arco di Trento; Bulgaria – Sevlievo ; Czech Republic – Loket; Europe – Lierop. As an authentic touch, the rider who is leading the championship points standings now has a differentiating red number plate, mirroring the real life championship.
MXGP will also utilise the PS4's controller lights, which will change depending on the bike's engine RPM.
Elsewhere, Milestone has taken the time to improve some of existing assets. The deformable terrain will now have real-time graphics, and the detail on the bike models has been increased considerably – Milestone state that the size of the textures are now four timers greater than the PS3 version.
The 3D character models have also been improved (does this mean the Monster Energy Girl will actually look like a human being now and not a creepy wax figure?), and new lighting effects have been implemented using Yebis 2, as seen in MotoGP '14.
MXGP's audio was somewhat lacking (a recurring gripe in Milestone's racing games), but the PS4 version will feature improved sound effects with wider 3D sound positioning, as well as more riders on the track at once.
"But what about a US release?", we hear some of you cry? Well, listen up: for the first time, MXGP will be released worldwide, which perhaps isn't surprising given that MotoGP '14 will also be riding on US soil this September.
Of course, current-gen re-releases of last-gen titles isn't anything new. It's become something of a recurring trend lately: Tomb Raider was given a next-gen makeover in Definitive Edition earlier this year, The Last of US Remastered is just around the corner, and GTA V will no doubt be a platform leader once again when it's released
While all these re-releases should tide us over during the drought of bespoke new releases as developers adapt to the transition period, it does beg the question: if you're not a newcomer, are you willing to pay full price for what is essentially a prettier version of a game you already own?
With this in mind, will you be double dipping for MXGP? Let us know in the comments below.