Two weeks ago, newly-founded Slightly Mad Studios announced the take-over of financially troubled Blimey! Games, creators of the GTR series and GT Legends.
Now, it seems like the new studio has secured an important deal, even though it might not be exactly what the sim community was hoping for. Slightly Mad Studios will be working on Need for Speed: Shift, the newest title of the NfS series.
Since the latest Need for Speed titles received less favorable reviews, Electronic Arts is reinventing the series by launching new titles aimed at a certain audience, both simulation drivers and casual gamers. Shift will be focusing on simulation racing, including realistic car movement and behaviour.
EA promises to keep the hip-hop, tuning and gangster stuff to a minimum, below is a first screenshot of the new title. At first glance, this could have been taken from Race Driver GRID. Even though it does not scream simulation right away, a game like GRID with realistic physics would surely be a breath of fresh air. Still, it is somewhat doubtful if EA will be giving the Slightly Mad guys enough freedom to make a real simulation.
Along with the announcement, the new Slightly Mad Studios Website has gone live. Need for Speed: Shift will be released in fall 2009 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation Portable and the PC.