Ready to get back behind the wheel? Revealed today during EA Play Live, welcome to Grid Legends, launching in 2022 on PS5 and PS4. A thrilling and unpredictable driving experience from Codemasters and EA Games, Grid Legends combines thrilling motorsport action, incredible race variety, and an immersive story that puts the player at the heart of the action. Blending brand new features with a quarter-century legacy of fantastic racing experiences, today’s official reveal trailer kicks off a new chapter for a legendary racing series. So, before we really get stuck into that trailer, let’s take a cruise down memory lane… Grid Legends: A racing legacy continues The Grid franchise has been busy tearing up the circuits and streets since 2008, when Race Driver: Grid burst onto the scene to critical acclaim – though in truth, the roots of our racing series stretch back into the 1990s. TOCA Touring Car Championship in 1997 created a buzz with its impressive handling and gameplay, and at the beginning of the millennium, TOCA Race Driver took things to another level. A wide range of racing experiences and a gripping story, introducing us to Nathan and Ryan McKane, set the tone for four Grid games to date, expanding the car list, racing disciplines, locations, online action, and engrossing single-player options. Whilst the series has taken plenty of different forms in the past 24 years, every title has remained true to three vital factors: Action-packed racing, incredible motorsport variety, and creating memorable racing stories on and off the track. Grid Legends delivers on these key features – and then some. Take a closer look at today’s trailer, and you’ll see what I mean… Play Video Trailer Breakdown The Grid Legends story A first for the franchise, Grid Legends’ story will be played out via innovative virtual production, blending a fantastic real-life cast, stunning set, and thrilling gameplay to bring you closer to the action than ever before. As the legendary Grid World Series returns for another year, you will be in the spotlight, as a fly-on-the-wall documentary captures every confrontation, all of the paddock politics, and every pivotal moment in the championship, as you challenge the infamous Ravenwest Motorsport, and the McKanes, for dominance on and off the track. The whole team here is incredibly excited to introduce this new form of storytelling to Grid, brought to life by a world-class crew and cast, including the brilliant Ncuti Gatwa (Netflix’s ‘Sex Education’). Prepare to watch the drama unfold off the track, but also be ready to handle your business on it, as a unique racing story plays out – with you in the middle of it all. Racing variety Whilst our story is what weaves this trailer together, there is so much more to unpack – including a first look at some of the cars you’ll get behind the wheel of come next year. Continuing the franchise’s legacy of racing variety, over 100 cars will feature in Grid Legends, stretching from single-seaters, to big rigs, to classic touring cars, and plenty more. Expect machines from an array of motorsport eras, exemplified in our trailer by the likes of the Shelby Cobra 289 FIA, Audi A4 Quattro BTCC, and Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Concept. All cars will be upgradable as you progress through Grid Legends, too; more on that in the near future. That’s a taste of what you’ll be racing, but what about where you’ll be racing? The Grid series has always excelled in providing a diverse combination of real and unique fictional locations to compete at, and Grid Legends is no different. In fact, it’s even better. 130 routes will await you on launch, including iconic real-life tracks like Indianapolis, returning Grid favourites such as San Francisco and Paris, and brand-new locations like Moscow and London, which you may’ve spotted in the trailer. From purpose-built tracks, to high-speed ovals, to tight and twisty streets, the racing challenges on offer in Grid Legends are broader than ever. Grid Legends Race Creator The possible combinations of car, class, and circuit for a Grid Legends event are clearly vast – but the options don’t stop there. By popular demand, Drift events return, shown off in the trailer by the awesome Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Drift-Tuned getting seriously sideways. All this and more can be used in our race creator tool to create your dream racing event. Want to race single-seaters against big-rigs, in the snow, for 50 laps? How about putting multiple GT classes on the track for a rainy sprint around Brands Hatch? Go for it. We’re giving you the tools to create amazing races – and allowing you to take those events online and challenge the world. Grid Legends launches 2022 All this only scratches the surface of what Grid Legends will deliver next year. In the coming months, we’ll share more on the story and its characters, more cars, more locations, and more new features that make this the most customisable and social Grid experience ever. I’ll see you then. For now, I’m going to watch the reveal trailer for the 146th time… can you blame me?
Greetings, Agents! Schell Games’ Community Marketing Specialist Adam Kuta reporting in with an exciting update direct from HQ. As you may know, it’s nearly time to hop back into the field and help The Agency put a stop to Zoraxis’ evil plans for world domination. Rise from the ashes and dive deep undercover with six brand-new missions in I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy and The Liar! Veteran agents who completed the first I Expect You To Die game will feel right at home with the sequel, as many of your favorite elements return. Telekinesis? Check! Immersive environments? Check! Memorable characters and witty dialogue? Check! Various ways to die? Oh, you can expect LOTS of death. As with all great sequels, we have some exciting new things to discover. Eat delicious cupcakes. Wear mysterious masks. Make your own flamethrower. Reflect deadly lasers. On top of that, your missions have also been given a musical boost as each level will now feature dynamic music that changes as you progress. We’ve even made it easier to relive the magic and mystery of your missions – or share the experience with other new Agents – by implementing three save slots! Did I mention the theme song? We know how much fans have loved the original’s opening credits, so we created a brand new 360° intro sequence featuring Puddles Pity Party’s smooth baritone vocals! Play Video Of course, new recruits are equally fit to take on these new missions, as well – no prior intel of the first game is required! I Expect You To Die 2 features a cohesive, enthralling and original storyline through all of your missions for a truly complete experience from beginning to end. Because many characters in the original game became fan-favorites (even those with brief, single-level appearances), we put a much stronger emphasis on character presence and a cinematic feel with the sequel. Each mission is a new scene, and you are the star – right alongside celebrity extraordinaire John Juniper, voiced by the celebrity extraordinaire himself, Wil Wheaton! We’ve got a briefcase full of even more secrets to share as we get closer to the game’s official launch… on August 24, 2021! So stay alert for more intel. In the meantime, Agents who pre-order the game will get a 10% discount as a special reward from HQ. It may not be that vacation you’re always asking about, but even the most novice of spies can see the value in this deal. Stay sharp!
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Season 5 released this week with an adventurous new theme, inviting players to a super-colourful stumble in the jungle…but not everything is as it seems! Ratchet and Clank have tumbled through a rift to the Blunderdome and have decided to stick around to host two Limited Time Events; extra-special opportunities for players to unlock unique costumes and rewards, fresh for Season 5. We’ve teamed up with PlayStation to let you know what to expect from this dimension-hopping extravaganza, with an artistic insight into how the team brought Insomniac Games’ iconic duo to life… in bean form! Play Video Building a Bean… Designing Fall Guys costumes based on well-established characters such as Ratchet and Clank is always an exciting and interesting creative challenge. As an Art Team, we always want to make sure that our creations feel like a Fall Guy wearing a costume—as if our little beans are championing and cosplaying a character rather than ‘becoming’ them. Our goal is to reflect this back onto our players’ experience. Sure, a player may pick a costume just because it looks cool and that’s great! But we’re hopeful that many choose to rock a costume because they love the collaboration characters as much as we do and want to show off their fandom to the world through expressing themselves in the Blunderdome. Concept art created by the Fall Guys team as they began to imagine how Ratchet and Clank could look in bean form. Bringing Ratchet and Clank to the Blunderdome When picking characters for a Fall Guys collaboration, one of the defining factors is asking ourselves; “do we think this is cool?” We’re huge gaming fans as well as artists, so if there’s not passion behind the selection, we’re never going to get the great results Fall Guys players deserve. As soon as the possibility of crafting both Ratchet and Clank in bean form came up, the decision was never in doubt; we all wanted to do it! On a personal level as lead artist, Ratchet and Clank are a genuine benchmark. The games they star in show such ambition and the art direction has always left me astounded. As characters, they are instantly recognisable and appealing, so it immediately felt like a great opportunity. A Fall Guy peeks out of their in-development Clank costume as the 3D team begin to work their magic. Hyped as we were, bringing Ratchet and Clank costumes to Fall Guys presented our Art Team with a classic design conundrum. How do you take iconic characters and wrap them around a little bean so that they feel like a Fall Guy, but are also suitably true to the source material? How do you craft a Lombax bean?! Luckily, we’re getting pretty well practiced at this with multiple Fall Guys costume collaborations under our belts and have a core set of rules to abide by. These inform how much of the base Fall Guy has to remain visible and crucially, how the costume can be divided into Upper and Lower parts to combine with other costumes (safe to say, we absolutely love seeing players’ surreal, creative costume combos!) Ratchet costume art concepts are then brought to life by the Fall Guys 3D team. Once these limits are established, we start with our first concepts, testing shapes and experimenting with the details we need to include that will truly showcase the essence of characters like Ratchet and Clank. It’s an intricate process to make sure the likes of Ratchet’s archetypal Lombax ears and Clank’s chunky robotic features look just right for the Blunderdome! There’s a bit of back and forth between our artists and the lovely team at Insomniac Games, as we collaboratively work to agree on designs that we can both be proud of (they’re super cool, so that part is really easy!) We then move these concepts onto our super talented 3D team to get the game models going and after a bit more back and forth…here we are! Two awesome costumes and an array of cosmetic treats that we believe combine the spirit and iconic look of Ratchet and Clank, through the filter of our silly and slightly clumsy Fall Guys. We absolutely cannot wait for you to grab them for yourselves! Here’s how… Teleport to Ratchet and Clank Limited Time Events! This interdimensional crossover will see Fall Guys players issued with special challenges from the galaxy’s most stupendous duo in two rocket-fuelled Limited Time Events. These will have you racing against the clock to unlock a dazzling array of both Ratchet and Clank costumes, banners, emotes and other cosmic cosmetic treats! Ratchet Limited Time Event will be dropping July 26 – August 1 The Ratchet Limited Time Event brings a whole week of special Challenges from the hot-shot heroic Lombax, with the exclusive opportunity to unlock. Ratchet Banner: 600 pointsLombax Pattern: 1000 pointsRatchet Costume (Lower): 1600 pointsGroovitron Emote: 2000 pointsRatchet Costume (Upper): 3200 points Clank Limited Time Event is set to stumble on August 6 – 15 Clank brings a new set of challenges and oodles of exclusive futuristic rewards for players to get their hands on, featuring… Clank Banner: 600 pointsClank Pattern: 1000 pointsClank Costume (Lower): 1600 pointsClank’s Laugh Emote: 2000 pointsClank Costume (Upper): 3200 points Plus, if you complete both events, you’ll obtain an ultra-special banner featuring the new Lombax Resistance fighter, Rivet! Play Video Dive into Fall Guys Season 5! Limited Time Events are just one facet of Fall Guys’ Season 5 jungle adventure. This major update drenches the Blunderdome with glistening pools, tropical Penguins and even a mysterious Lost Temple to explore, spread across multiple dazzling new Rounds packed with fresh mechanics and our signature ridiculous obstacles. Stumble in now for… Six new Rounds – From rambunctious rhinos to multiple perilous paths to expanding frogs, we’ve got half a dozen new Rounds to test your bean dexterity!Squad goals – Jump in with pals to take on the Blunderdome including limited time Duos and Trios shows.Costumes – Oodles of new looks for the most fashionable (or outrageous!) beans.Even more Limited Time Events – More chances to take on special challenges and unlock unique goodies.Smoother stumbles – Numerous fixes and improvements for an optimal tumbling experience. From myself and all the Fall Guys team, we’re delighted to welcome you on this journey to the heart of the new look jungle-dome. And for all those ready to hop through the rift in search of Ratchet and Clank Limited Time Event treats? Prepare for blast off!