12 January 2002
GEOFF CRAMMOND'S GRAND PRIX 4 ROARS OUT OF THE PITS & ONTO XBOX
London, January 2002 - Enter a universe born of perfection, technology, competition, blistering speed and of course glamour - and witness the unveiling of a new chapter in Formula 1 gaming. Leading interactive games publisher, Infogrames, has today announced that it is bringing one of the largest and most critically acclaimed brands in gaming to Next Gen consoles for the first time, specifically the Microsoft Xbox.
Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix 4 is the latest instalment in a hugely successful PC racing series, having sold over 2 million units worldwide. The new edition will launch on both PC and Xbox in June 2002, bringing the sheer exhilaration of real F1 racing to a massive global audience.
From the inception of the first Grand Prix title in 1992, the Grand Prix series has garnered unparalleled critical acclaim, with PC Gamer hailing Grand Prix 3 as a "masterpiece". Inherent throughout the entire series is the staggering attention to detail, phenomenal car physics, and utterly realistic artificial intelligence. The Xbox and PC titles will of course carry the official 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship licence, featuring all the official drivers, teams and tracks from the 2001 season.
Now working in conjunction with Infogrames' Chippenham internal development studio, acknowledged gaming guru Geoff Crammond together with his own development company Simergy has taken the Grand Prix brand to a new level.
"We believe Grand Prix 4 raises and re-defines our own benchmarks in terms of realism and playability", commented Crammond. "Our aim is not simply to produce a great game about racing, but to deliver a complete F1 driving experience which is as close to having a real F1 drive as possible."
Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix 4 for PC and Xbox boasts an all new graphics engine, new 2001 season car physics, plus ultra-realistic track layouts based on actual GPS data, which produce even greater player involvement and immersion than ever before. A whole host of other new additions are promised, including multi-player options, improved audio and a motion-captured pit crew, all combining to offer the player the most intense F1 racing experience available.
Cyril Voiron, Infogrames' Marketing Manager for Sport & Racing titles announced, "To PC gamers, Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix games represent the epitome of F1 video-gaming. By bringing Grand Prix to Xbox as well as PC, we are offering console gamers the first ever opportunity to get their hands on the next evolution of a legend."
"An official product of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship licensed by Formula One Administration Ltd."
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© 2002 Simergy Limited. © 2002 Geoff Crammond. All rights reserved. This product incorporates motor sport simulation technology exclusively licensed to Infogrames Interactive Inc. by Simergy.
© 2002 Infogrames.
Infogrames Entertainment (Euronext: 5257) is one of the top five developers and publishers of interactive entertainment in the world, and comprises the publicly traded, U.S.-based Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFGM), and Infogrames Europe. The Company develops, publishes and distributes interactive games for all available gaming platforms, including Microsoft, Nintendo, Sega, Sony, the PC, and the Macintosh, as well as for various interactive platforms.
Infogrames' catalog of more than 1,000 titles includes games for consumers of all ages and features numerous popular franchises, including Alone in the Dark, Big Price, Civilization, Driver, Independence War, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Test Drive, Unreal Tournament, and V-Rally, among others. In addition, the Company holds the exclusive license to some of the world's most recognizable entertainment brands, including Warner. Bros.' Looney Tunes, Le Mans, Men In Black, Mission: Impossible, NASCAR, Superman, Survivor, Terminator, Transworld, and many more. Infogrames' games fall into two general categories, CORE GAMES for the gaming audience, and FAMILY GAMES for the enjoyment of the whole family.
With a global distribution networks that reaches more than 50,000 retail outlets, Infogrames commands a significant market presence and shelf space in every major market. In the U.S. alone, the Company's distribution network reaches in excess of 22,000 outlets, ranging from major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kmart and Target to specialty shops and online outlets.