The new GRID Legends game by Codemasters was just announced during the EA Play livestream moments ago. We were not expecting to see any future projects from Codemasters yet since they’ve only just been acquired by EA and F1 2021 released just a few days ago.
So to see a new entry in the GRID franchise was certainly a surprise to us.
GRID Legends actually kicked off the livestream event with an audience of hundreds of thousands of people. That is an exciting notion for those who consider themselves racing game fans.
Alright, so what do we know about GRID Legends?
GRID Legends story mode
Like F1 2021, the marquee new feature for GRID Legends is a brand new story mode. Described as “an underdog story”, it will feature live action characters who are placed in computer generated environments. Lucasfilm used similar technology when filming The Mandalorian.
The story centers around several drivers, some good, some not so good, all vying to become the “GRID Champion.” As one might expect in a story, there will be some drama along the way. Beyond that, Codemasters didn’t reveal much else as to not spoil anything.
We just hope the acting and writing is good. EA has tried live action story before in a previous Need For Speed game and, well…it just didn’t really work.
GRID Legends car classes
GRID games have always mixed different car classes and motorsport disciplines. GRID Legends will have over 100 vehicles including: touring cars, open wheel race cars, stadium trucks, muscle cars, vintage racers, drift cars, and even semi-truck racers. Finally there will be a hypercar class which includes the new Aston Martin Valkyrie.
The game will have a “race creator” mode that will allow players to create races that mix all of the different car classes in any circuit. It should also be mentioned that Codemasters is bringing back the “drift mode” for GRID Legends as it has been long requested by the player community.
New tracks and locations
Moscow, and London are the new new locations coming to GRID Legends. In the London city circuit players will actually race past Buckingham Palace which might be a first in a racing game but correct us in the comments if we’re wrong. Other locations and tracks will return like Indianpolis and Brands Hatch. City circuits like San Francisco and Parris are also returning.
All together Codemasters claims there will be over 130 total routes to race on. We speculate that it is possible that even more may come to the game in the future via DLC. Though, again that is just speculation on our part.
GRID Legends release date
Currently GRID Legends is set to release in 2022. No exact date beyond that was provided in the reveal. We do know that it will release on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 (PS5), alongside PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One, and PC. There was no mention of streaming platform Google Stadia.
GRID Legends trailer
Are you hyped for GRID Legends? Or are racing games in this style not your speed? Let us know what you think in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype. If you’re curious, you can also check out our review of the previous GRID game.