iOpener’s Emiel van der Wal has recently been interviewed by TouringCarTimes, the leading website for touring car racing news, and the interview reveals quite some interesting details on the futureof iOpener’s products.
Van der Wal confirms that the current Real-Time Racing beta test will conclude at the end of August as the company starts developing their first title for the PC. According to the interview, iOpener has successfully acquired the licenses to use the WTCC and FIA GT1 series, a iOpener-enabled WRC title will follow in 2012.
iOpener aims to have their first game available in the beginning of 2011. Despite working with Simbin during the Real-Time Racing beta test, van der Wal points out that iOpener is also in talks with other developers and not committed to anyone.
Another issue touched by the interview is the future pricing model as iOpener has not yet decided whether or not they´ll be using a subscription system or if each series will be made available for a one-off price. The very interesting interview can be checked out here, stay tuned for more on iOpener’s future products.
Update: It seems like I´ve misinterpreted the part of the interview concerning the WTCC & FIA GT1 licenses as iOpener has released the following statement:
“We understand that all gamers are very interested in the development. Unfortunately the statement that licenses have been acquired is premature. The approval that is mentioned is for testing our technology with WTCC, GT1 and WRC. We will continue to test and develop the technology in a successful concept.”