Game news The racing game from the creators of GTA resurfaces in an impressive fan remake
Today, the number of racing games has drastically decreased and the very popular car sagas are, for the most part, Forza Horizon and Gran Turismo. There was a time when a very large number of publishers, even those who were not specialists in the discipline, tried their luck. We have thus seen Capcom try its hand at the genre with Auto Modellista or even Square-Enix embarking on the battle with Driving Emotion Type-S. But did you know that the creators of GTA also wanted to win the cup?
Rockstar on the asphalt
Rather than rub shoulders with the tenors of the genre, Rockstar has bet on a game reminiscent in some ways of the excellent Need for Speed Underground 2. To develop their own racing license, they brought in Angel Studios – which would later become Rockstar San Diego – and were inspired by illegal street racing taking place in Japan and the United States. Exhilarating speed, neon lights reflecting on the road and screeching tires, the developers have imbibed the spirit of the Mid Night Club, and its famous “Wangan” highway (Bayshore Route in Tokyo), to create this work with great potential. . This is how Midnight Club: Street Racing came into being, garnering great success in passing, before giving way to a whole set of sequels: Midnight Club II, Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition, Midnight Club: Los Angeles. This first part, published in November 2000, even had a Game Boy Advance episode and some players were also able to discover the series thanks to great PSP adaptations.
Fans at the bedside of the forgotten series
Only here, the saga has been dormant for a long time (the last episode dates from 2008) and nostalgia has done its work. Some fans have decided to take elements of the game to make a conceptual trailer running on Unreal Engine 5. The whole thing is simply remarkable and gives an idea of what a remake made in Rockstar could give. It must be said that the game had the particularity to impress with its visual and particle effects. The trailer thus makes it possible to take advantage of new lighting on board different vehicles. It’s probably only a pipe dream, but let’s hope, one day, that publishers can offer us series (whether new or inherited from the past) that are – a little – off the beaten track.