Asobo Studio Reportedly Prototyping Arcade Racer Similar To Cruis’n Blast
The racing game that is reportedly being prototyped at Asobo Studio is an arcade racer similar to Cruis’n Blast.
During the latest episode of The XboxEra Podcast podcast, Nick revealed that the racing game that Asobo Studio is prototyping is more of an arcade racer in the vein of the Cruis’n series. According to him, the studio is currently looking at how they can use real world data for this project like the did with fight sim.
Nick threw away a bunch of names of racing games that Team Asobo’s prototype could be similar to, such as Cruis’n USA and Project Gotham. He claims to have received a DM on Twitter from a source that provided him this information.
Last week, Shpeshal Nick had said that he had heard about the Flight Simulator developer working on an early prototype for a new racing game for Xbox that may be a kart racer. However, it now appears that the prototype Asobo Studio is working on is for an arcade racer that is more like Cruis’n Blast.
Asobo Studio’s previous title for Xbox, Microsoft Flight Simulator, mimics the terrain of the whole Earth using data from Bing Maps. Microsoft Azure’s artificial intelligence (AI) creates three-dimensional representations of Earth’s properties by combining cloud computing to render and improve graphics with real-world data to create real-time weather and effects.
Microsoft Flight Simulator was released on August 18, 2020, and is available on Game Pass. The game marks the series’ comeback after a 14-year hiatus, with production starting six years in advance of its release. It later received a virtual reality (VR) edition following in December of the same year, making it the first game in the series to do so. On July 27, 2021, it was released for the Xbox Series X and Series S, making it the first game in the series to get a console release.