Project Gotham Racing 4 News for Xbox 360

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Develop reports that Microsoft has held talks with several European independent studios to bring back its Project Gotham Racing series.

The racing franchise had previously been the product of Bizarre Creations, but since the studio's acquisition by Activision Microsoft has been left without a development studio for the street racer.

A Develop source indicates that Microsoft is undecided on a studio to take over the reins.

With Bizarre no longer an option, Microsoft's own Turn 10, creator of the Forza series, was thought to be the primary candidate for the job, but a search for an alternate developer suggests PGR won't be heading to the Redmond-based studio.

Microsoft is yet to offer comment.

VideoGamer.com Analysis

PGR has been associated with the Xbox since the launch of the original console, itself a spiritual successor to the Dreamcast's Metropolis Street Racer. In November 2005 the series jumped to Xbox 360, with the most recent entry in the franchise, PGR4, hitting Xbox 360 in October 2007.

Regarding possible candidates, Sweden-based SimBin Studios looks a possible option with a racing game heritage behind it. Sheffield-based Sumo Digital could also get a look in, having previously worked on OutRun titles and Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing. London-based Slightly Mad Studios, responsible for EA's Need for Speed: Shift, also looks like a decent option.

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draytone

Still haven't played PGR4 but the demo shipped with my xbox, it's laugh but I also got Forza3 so that combined with F12010 fulfils my driving game needs.
Posted 10:38 on 02 November 2010
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Clockpunk

PGR4 was a lot of fun - although TDU2 holds my interest at the moment, I think I'd happily pick a new PGR up!
Posted 09:08 on 02 November 2010
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xboxlive

Never realy been a big big fan of the PGR,ive owned all of them to date,but only pick them up when i see them cheap.
Posted 08:57 on 02 November 2010
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Get2DaChoppa

I think James has pulled some kind of practical joke on poor Tom, that makes Tom a sad panda.
Posted 19:57 on 01 November 2010
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dudester

I reckon the studio that James mentioned that did shift would be my pick.
Posted 17:57 on 01 November 2010
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Wido

I really like PGR4. Might play some tonight actually. I would of liked Bizarre Creations to continue with the franchise but sadly not. Codemasters perhaps? GRID, Dirt 2 proved to be very good games.
Posted 17:41 on 01 November 2010
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MJTH@ omfg-bbq

Yeah, I was just thinking that. This may be the Tom Orry moment of the year!
Posted 17:32 on 01 November 2010
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Woffls

PGR4 is all the PGR I need, and unless it's a really radical title then I doubt I'll buy it. I also have absolutely no faith in any developer to make a handling engine even half as good as PGR has.
Posted 17:10 on 01 November 2010
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omfg-bbq

I can imagine Tom whooping with joy at this news.
Posted 17:07 on 01 November 2010

Game Stats

Technical Specs
Release Date: 12/10/2007
Developer: Bizarre Creations
Publisher: Microsoft
Genre: Racing
No. Players: 1 + Online
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 258
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