Shift 2: ‘For Arcade And Sim Fans’
Shift 2: Unleashed is out on Xbox 360, PC and PS3 on 25 March, and aims to enable players to experience the sensation of racing with features like the Helmet-cam. Shift 2 will use the Autolog first seen in Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, but fans of Criterion's game should also take a look at the upcoming sim according to Abney.
Regarding the first Shift, "‘accessible’ was used a lot, to the chagrin of simulation fans," the producer told NowGamer. "But you want those incremental steps to be a bit of a handholding exercise – Shift was developed as an acknowledgement that our fan base has grown up with us over 17 years. Their interests have changed. Some of them have grown up to become the race drivers we talk to today. They want that type of game. So we knew to acknowledge them and their interests, we really had to build an authentic racing game. And that’s what Shift was."
Shift may have more to offer casual fans this time around though: "Meanwhile, we want to bring those fans, maybe the younger ones, the ones that have always been stuck on arcade racers like Hot Pursuit… we want to bring them an ‘accessible’ (without misusing the term) simulation experience," added Abney.
"We want to give them the option to drive with all the assists on and still race GT one-class cars that they won’t get in an arcade racer, in an authentic track-day experience. Then for the enthusiasts we have a myriad of those simulation-levels of detail so they can tweak and tune and experience much more of a Forza/Gran Turismo, absolute real world, force-physics simulator that runs as the basis for most advanced Need For Speed games – certainly Shift."
Are you a Forza or GT fan? Or do you prefer arcade racers like Split/Second or Hot Pursuit? Will Shift 2 cut the mustard? Let us know in our comments section or on our forum.