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Codemasters’ Grid races again in October

Racing studio delivers its three biggest series in a single year

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

With Grid coming back in October (just Grid, no sequel number or subtitle) it’ll be a hat trick for Codemasters, launching all three of its major racing series in the same year for the first time since 2013. It’ll be the Grid/TOCA series’ debut on this console generation, too.

Grid is Codies’ touring car franchise, alongside the Dirt (rally) and F1 (self explanatory) series. We last saw it in 2014 with Grid Autosport. This Grid reboot will put players in muscle cars like the Pontiac Firebird Modified and the Chevrolet Camaro SSX Concept. From the gameplay trailer put out today, the game takes drivers to locales such as Havana, San Francisco, and Shaoxing, China’s Zhejiang International Circuit.

A statement from Codemasters said Grid “is a fresh take on the genre with new content, new experiences and stories waiting to be written by you.” It launches Oct. 11 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Grid’s lineage goes back to 2008’s Race Driver: Grid, which was a continuation of the TOCA/Race Driver series before it going back to 1997. Dirt Rally 2.0, which we really enjoyed, was just followed at the end of June by F1 2019, the earliest launch date for the series under Codemasters. With these three, plus the fourth edition of the NASCAR Heat series in September and even European Truck Racing Championship in a week, it’s a gala year for motorsports video gaming.

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