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Infogrames Announces 'Dirt Track Racing 2'

by Rainier on May 7, 2002 @ 8:12 p.m. PDT

Infogrames, Inc. announces the fall release of Dirt Track Racing 2 for the PC. Capturing the frantic, fender-to-fender style of racing on dirt, Dirt Track Racing 2 will recreate white knuckle competition on ovals, D-ovals, tri-ovals, egg shaped and figure 8 tracks. Developed by Ratbag Pty Ltd and powered by the company’s critically acclaimed Difference Engine™, the game will also feature ultra-realistic physics and true-to-life graphics, along with 14 different tracks and three classes of cars.
“The original Dirt Track Racing and Dirt Track Racing: Sprint Cars has sold more than a half million units to date,” said Laszlo Nemesi, marketing manager at Infogrames’ Minneapolis studio. “It was obvious to Infogrames that there are legions of fans interested in continuing their dirt track racing experience.”

In Dirt Track Racing 2, players race against 14 other vehicles with three classes of cars: pro stock, late model and modified. In addition to driving, players can test their crew chief abilities by adjusting springs, shocks, tire pressure, stagger and more to create the fastest racing machine on the track. Competing on tracks like Terre Haute, Knoxville Raceway and Eagle Raceway, players are challenged to aggressively change racing techniques and tactics as grooves develop and change on the track.

Players will have the option to choose form two different game modes – Career and Arcade. In Career mode players can experience a real racing career by purchasing new vehicles, making upgrades, repairing damages and paying entry fees. In Arcade mode, players can quickly and easily race in any event, on any track with any vehicle.

Dirt Track Racing 2 also features the option to record your race and show it to friends via the Internet. The most exciting feature is the opportunity to change camera angles to show races and collisions from different camera perspectives. Also, players can see dirt splatter onto their helmet’s visor and they can clear their view with a tear-off.

The closest thing to actually racing on dirt, Dirt Track Racing 2 stunningly recreates awesome effects such as lighting and particle debris; exhaust and smoke from blown engines; realistic damage modeling that affects vehicle performance, and tear-offs to clear the driver’s view of the track. Interactive race commentary builds drama and excitement throughout the races.

Additional features include multi-player support over Internet or LAN and DirectSound sound that enables players to hear the roar of the crowd, the growl of the engines and metal hitting metal collisions.

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.

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