'Moto GP 2' Announced For Xbox and PC

by Thomas on Feb. 5, 2003 @ 6:35 a.m. PST

THQ Inc. today announced "Moto GP 2" for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and PC. Scheduled for release in summer 2003, "Moto GP 2" is the only game that lets gamers talk trash online at 160 miles per hour.

"MotoGP 2" for Xbox and Xbox Live! offers eight different racing modes including: Stunt, GP, time trial, training challenges, tag, Live, multi-player & single race, customizable bikes and all of the riders from the real 2002 MotoGP class. Players can create custom riders and race them online at sixty frames per second with up to 16 riders on one track during a single race. Players can also utilize Microsoft's online voice communication to talk trash with the nearest competitor at speeds that will make their voices crack and their knees buckle.

"We're thrilled to offer 'MotoGP 2,' the next installment in ultimate head-to-head motorcycle racing for the Xbox," said Tim Walsh, Senior Vice President, International Publishing, THQ. "Being one of the first Xbox titles online with Xbox Live! has given THQ's 'MotoGP' franchise a head start on the competition and 'MotoGP 2' has enough horse-power to give race fans and video game fans alike a thrilling competitive experience."

"Right out of the gate THQ set a high standard for games on Xbox Live with 'MotoGP,'" stated J Allard, Vice President, Xbox. "'MotoGP 2' takes the franchise to a new level and features intense online racing action that showcases the technological prowess of Xbox and Microsoft's leadership in online console gaming. I can't wait to play this game on Xbox Live."

MotoGP, owned and controlled by Dorna, is the world's fastest, most advanced form of motorcycle racing, watched in 208 countries around the world with an average audience of 329 million television viewers per event. Leading motorcycle manufacturers including Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha all participate with their own state-of-the-art, high-tech motorcycles unique to the MotoGP Championships.

"We are very excited that THQ and Xbox have chosen MotoGP as one of the first products for their new Xbox Live! platform," explains Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO Managing Director of Dorna Sports. "I hope that all Xbox fans can enjoy the excitement of 'MotoGP 2' and get an almost real experience of what a professional racer feels when riding a 200hp motorcycle at 200 mph."

About "MotoGP 2"

"MotoGP 2" puts players in control of some of the most advanced racing machines on the planet. Developed by Climax, the game features 16 real world tracks, all of the 500cc bikes and riders from the 2002 MotoGP series and an intuitive, arcade style control system for the hardcore racing fan. With a variety of innovative gameplay elements, supported by revolutionary graphical and technical features of Climax's motor sports engine, "MotoGP 2" features an ideal mix of speed, style and technology to Xbox and PC. Ultra realistic vehicle physics and intense multiplayer modes make this one of the most in-depth motorcycle racing games to date. In territories outside of USA and Canada, this game will be known as "MotoGP: Ultimate Racing Technology 2."

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