“RED BULL AIR RACE – THE GAME” TAKES OFF FOR FREE IN 2016
Wing Racers Sports Games and Slightly Mad Studios charge no landing fee for the official PC game of the Red Bull Air World Championship
It’s the news that all aficionados of adrenaline-drenched, hyper-accurate racing have been waiting for, Wing Racers Sports Games have partnered with Slightly Mad Studios to deliver the world’s fastest motorsport direct to your PC. Hot on the heels of the million-selling and critically acclaimed Project CARS, the team is delivering a best-in-class and incredibly realistic take on Red Bull’s Air Race Championship. Initially launching a limited beta on PC in the first half of this year, the game is doing something a little different in the free-to-play space. Instead of asking players to be whales, it’s partnering with some of the world’s biggest and best-known brands to deliver a new take on free-to-play gaming. The download title will explicitly distance itself from financial models that suck all the fun out of gaming and, instead of irritating gamers with a Pay-to-Win scheme, will present spectacular challenges without any gameplay limitations whatsoever.
Compared to many other Free-to-Play games, Red Bull Air Race – The Game will not gate its content in a way that allows only the highest paying customers to have all the fun. Jens Ott, Managing Director at Wing Racers Sports Games commented, “Right from the start we developed this project as a cooperative effort with interesting sponsors. As such, it will benefit from the immense draw of the official license, and our versatility to integrate marketing partners. We’re incredibly excited to be working with Red Bull on this amazing opportunity and have identified a unique business model that’s a win for all involved; fantastic exposure for some of the world’s greatest brands, authentic and ever-changing track dressing similar to real-life motorsports, and a move away from F2P’s traditional nickel-and-diming for the players.”
Erich Wolf, Red Bull Air Race General Manager, said: “We are absolutely sure that sSports fans will enjoy the features of our game. It is a fantastic way to bring our sport closer to everybody who doesn’t sit in a race plane every day.”
Red Bull Air Race: The Game will undergo a staged rollout later this year. Underpinned by Slightly Mad’s in-house Madness engine, the game benefits from support for scalability, bleeding-edge virtual reality, and more. Strapping an Oculus to your head and soaring across the skies of Chiba, Ascot or Spielberg, is as close as you can get to the real thing, and a truly unprecedented experience in gaming. To achieve maximum authenticity, all racetracks and pilots of the 2016 Red Bull Air World Championship will be included as well.
You can find more information about Red Bull Air Race at www.redbullairrace.com
Watch Hannes Arch (World champion, 2008 Red Bull Air Race World Championship, Vice World Champion 2009, 2010 and 2014) talking about his career and the new game: