New Shutoko Battle / Tokyo Extreme Racer Coming
Like previous installments in the series, this new Shutoko Battle is an "illegal" street racing game set on the actual highways and streets of Tokyo Japan. A large cross-section of the region will make up the game's single free-roaming world, allowing players to switch highways and visit new areas in real-time simply by taking the appropriate interchange or off-ramp. Landmarks such as Tokyo Tower, Akihibara, Odaiba (giant ferris wheel), and the Rainbow Bridge will be readily identifiable.
This new game will include the traditional one-on-one battle mode, where players flash their blinkers at another car in order to challenge it to a race, as well as two team battle modes. The first team mode involves two rival teams of five cars each. Teammates can share drafts and block for one another, with the winning team being decided by the combined finish of all team members. The second team mode is a rank battle, where players try to obtain the highest rank on their team by beating rival cars.
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No official word has yet been dropped about multiplayer WiFi capabilities, but our contact at Genki tells us that they're likely going to include (at the least) a two-player "proximity" link mode, which will allow two PSP's in the same vicinity to link-up against each other.
We'll have more on Shutoko Battle Pocket (aka Tokyo Extreme Racer Pocket) as its Japanese release nears.
2/10/2005 Frank Provo