Free Upcoming GRID 2 Update Heralds the Return of Demolition Derby
Written Friday, July 26, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Codemasters has just announced that Race Driver: GRID's much-loved Demolition Derby mode is set to return for GRID 2, in the shape of a free update that reinstates the crash-happy mode, following disappointment from fans that it had been cut for the sequel.
"The focus with GRID 2 was all about racing in a new world of competitive motorsport, both on and offline. But it’s fair to say many of our ‘old-school’ GRID players were disappointed about the lack of a Demo Derby mode in GRID 2," reads a post on the Codies Blog. "Today we’re pleased to tell you that we are currently working on this mode for GRID 2 we’ll be making it available for free, across all platforms."
In addition to the return of Demolition Derby, Codemasters is also working on a Community Patch that addresses a lot of feedback from the community such as level cap and new playlists, adding the following fixes and tweaks:
- Custom Playlist - We want to make the Custom Playlist a more worthwhile experience and as such we’ve made a change that increases the amount of experience and money you get for participating. This will ensure that you are no longer penalised for wanting to opt out of the Online Playlists and you’ll now be able to race the way you want to race, with no hindrance to your online progression. We'll be keeping an eye on how it goes and if needed we'll validate it with yourselves and adjust further should it be deemed necessary.
- Hardcore Playlist - We’ve heard your feedback regarding the online playlists and once the patch hits there’ll be an additional playlist for you to select. Called ‘Hardcore’, this playlist will remove the use of flashbacks and turn on full mechanical damage. It will also prioritise race events around circuits. Think you’re an elite racer? Go hardcore and prove it.
- Level Cap - If you’ve hit level 30 online you’ll be pleased to know that we’re now giving you the ability to progress even further. The online level cap will be raised to 99...good luck!
- Fastest Lap Times - The addition of fastest lap times is something we’ve heard come up again and again and as a result we’re pleased to confirm that they will now display at the end of an event on the race results screen while playing online.
- New Liveries - We’ve loved seeing what you’ve created so far with your custom liveries and you’ll soon have access to a host of new designs, including some of the AI designs from single player.
- Maximum Laps - We’ve heard a lot of feedback, especially from Clubs and Leagues, about the maximum number of laps you can set in a race. As a result we’ve increased the maximum from 5 up to 10. For those of you who want longer races we recommend using the Endurance game mode.
- Veto Weighting - Previously if you wanted to veto an event type or location it turned out it was difficult to get a passing vote. We’ve made some changes to the system so that vetos are now much fairer and only require 51% of the lobby to make the vote for a change to occur.
- Voice Option - As requested, you can now mute your own microphone.
- Country Flags - We know many of you enjoyed this feature in the original GRID and we’re pleased to confirm it will make a return. A player’s country flag will now be displayed next to their name plate while racing and on the event results screen.
- Clean Race Bonus - The amount of money rewarded for racing clean has been increased.
- Skip the Level up Graphic -We understand that not everyone wants to watch the ‘level up box’ at the end of each race and you’ll now be able to skip this at the press of a button.
- Anti-Cheat - We’ve also made some changes to our anti-cheat system and while we won’t go into detail about how we’ve approached these changes, what we will say is that we’re hopeful the leaderboards within the game will now be free of those who have to use illegitimate means to succeed.
New DLC track packs will also be on the way for GRID 2, with the free Demolition Derby mode to come "sooner rather than later" and the Community Patch set to arrive sometime in August. Huzzah!