Black Bean Games has announced that the latest instalment in the official video game series of the World Superbike Championship, SBK 09 Superbike World Championship is currently in development at acclaimed racing developer Milestone.

SBK 09 is promising the ultimate experience of the championship, featuring the license for all tracks, teams and riders from the World Superbike Championship.

Improvements over the previous instalment are said to be plenty and include new 3D environments, new teams, complete track overhaul, new gameplay structure, new game modes and a revamped user interface. The pits have been redesigned to be as close to reality as possible and the performance of the motorbikes is based on exact data from their real counterparts, with the player able to fine-tune every single setting a real race engineer has access to.

SBK 09 will offer five single-player gameplay modes (Quick race, Training, Race Weekend, Championship and Challenges) and three online multiplayer (Quick Race, Championship and Team Championship). The game will also feature a downloadable Online Time Attack mode.

For the first time in a motorbike racing game, SBK 09 will also feature visible damage on fairings and rider leathers.

SBK 09: Superbike World Championship is scheduled for release in May for Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP and PC.