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'WORLD OF OUTLAWS® SPRINT CARS 2002’ coming to the PS2

by Rainier on Aug. 23, 2001 @ 8:49 p.m. PDT

First-Ever Dedicated Console Sprint Car Racing Game Features Real Drivers, Tracks, Single and Multi-Player Game Modes. Unleashing the rocket like power of Sprint Cars onto the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Infogrames, Inc., announces the release of World of Outlaws Sprint Cars 2002 for fall.
World of Outlaws Sprint Cars 2002 features 12 real world tracks, 24 official World of Outlaws drivers, and ultra-realistic handling physics and graphics powered by Ratbag’s critically acclaimed Difference Engine™.

“Sprint car racing is the fastest growing motor sport in America, and we’re proud to partner with its leading racing series, World of Outlaws, in delivering the first-ever next generation console sprint car racing games,” said Paul Rinde, senior vice president of Infogrames, Inc. ­ Minneapolis. “We’re confident gamers will embrace this electrifying form of racing, as well as the incredible realism and feature sets the game will offer.”

Sprint cars are easily identified by the big “wings” on top of each car. The “wings” keep the powerful cars planted to the racetrack and prevent them from flipping. Combining speeds in excess of 160-mph with dirt surfaces, sprint car racing is known for its spectacular collisions and crashes.

World of Outlaws Sprint Cars 2002 will offer a variety of game modes to choose from. In Career Mode, players can earn virtual prize money and points on their way to the championship. Additionally, players can be approached by sponsors for financial assistance, allowing for the purchase of vehicle upgrades and repairs. Quick race mode allows players to quickly and easily jump into a single event, while practice mode assists the casual gamer in developing their driving skills for the more in-depth and realistic game modes.

Dubbed “outlaws” in the early years because there were no rules governing when, where or how they raced, World of Outlaws has evolved into one of the largest racing series in the United States. The 2001 season was the 24th for the Pennzoil World of Outlaws series and features 65 events. Over 104 race dates and held in 25 states with a total of $10 million plus in prize money. The booming series ranks second only to NASCAR® in terms of popularity, and continues to grow at astonishing rates.

Features Include:

  • Realistic graphics and handling physics powered by Ratbag’s acclaimed Difference Engine™;
  • Game modes include, Practice, Career and Quick Race;
  • Multi-player support for two players;
  • Digital and analog controller support;
  • Full use of PlayStation®2 DVD capabilities. Historical video, interviews with 24 Outlaws drivers and real race footage;
  • 3D directional sound lets players hear the roar of the crowd as they pass grandstands, as well as the rumbling of the engines from nearby cars;
  • Spectacular collisions, with realistic damage modeling, that affect vehicle performance;
  • Purchase vehicle upgrades and repairs with virtual prize and sponsor money;
  • Awesome effects such as deforming tracks, dynamic lighting/particles;
  • Perform power packed wheel stands;
  • Compete in day and night races;
  • Reactive race commentary builds the drama and excitement.

About Ratbag
Ratbag is an Australian game developer based in Adelaide with over 60 development staff. The company was founded in 1993 and developed the critically acclaimed Powerslide, followed by the best selling Dirt Track Racing series of games and most recently Leadfoot. .

About Infogrames
New York-based Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFGM) is the #2 third-party publisher of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company develops video games for all consoles (Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft), PCs, and Macintosh systems. Infogrames’ catalogue of more than 1,000 titles includes award-winning franchises such as Alone In The Dark™, Civilization™, Deer Hunter®, Driver™, Roller Coaster Tycoon®, Test Drive®, and Unreal®, and key licenses including Survivor™, Warner Bros. Looney Tunes™, Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues™, Dragon Ball Z, Mission Impossible®, Harley-Davidson®, Major League Baseball®, and the National Football League®, among many others. The Company’s Humongous Entertainment and MacSoft labels are leaders in children’s entertainment software and Macintosh entertainment software, respectively.

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