Free Upcoming GRID 2 Update Heralds the Return of Demolition Derby
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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!


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Comment #1 by Barad
Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 08:11:24 AM
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Hardcore Playlist..sounds fun. :/

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Comment #2 by DarkGin87
Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 08:11:31 AM
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Yesss people wanted this from the start

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Comment #3 by Jardinho
Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 08:15:36 AM
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Holy moly

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Comment #4 by ImBack
Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 08:33:21 AM
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Free content, yes please!

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Comment #5 by the action frampton
Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 08:54:04 AM
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I haven't played the original GRID, so can someone please tell me if Destruction Derby mode is anything like the original PS1 game? Man I loved that game.

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Comment #6 by NoThru22
Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 08:59:29 AM
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How about fixing WHEEL SUPPORT assholes!!!

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Comment #7 by Miikesmama
Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 09:31:29 AM
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Taking my copy off Ebay...right now. No more 30 level-cap AND Demolition Derby? This sounds too good to be true! Thank you Codemasters!

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Comment #8 by skaghead
Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 10:02:52 AM
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Not sure why Codemasters are being lauded for bringing back features that should not have been absent in the first place. If this was an EA game the comments would be far different... plus at least EA would fix the wheel issue
Seems Codemasters earned a lot of internet hugs with their achievement list collaboration, which lead to a strangely generic racing game 'cheevo list , due to what they could actually track in game and not what most people were asking for.

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Comment #9 by Miikesmama
Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 10:28:57 AM
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"Not sure why Codemasters are being lauded for bringing back features that should not have been absent in the first place"

I agree minor things like flags etc. were fun in the first one, and should have been implented here right away (I also liked the single-player with it's three distinct styles of racing more than this in Grid 2). Having said that, destruction derby in the first was a great concept, but it wasn't really fully developed-only 1 car and 1 track to drive/crash on.
They tried to make a whole game out of that concept- Dirt Showdown - but that sucked.

With Grid 2 they focused on racing, and racing only. MP in Grid 2 is awesome (SP not so much), but the level cap was reached too soon. Now they change the level cap, add a beloved mode and change minor things like the flag-system FOR FREE. That right there is something that EA would NEVER do, and the reason why CM deserves credit.

It has nothing to do with the achievement list (for which I couldn't care less about)

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Comment #10 by skaghead
Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 10:42:11 AM
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@9 yes they added these things to make the game more fun for free , but they should have been there in the first place .My post was more aimed at why some of the vitriol that many other games receive due to their publisher being EA or an equal "evil" company yet Codemasters constantly release sub-standard titles with over-priced Day 1 DLC. Yet they seem to do this without comment. Lets not forget their yearly F1 games which rival the FIFA games for being simple cash-in updates on the previous year.

Also my comment about the achievement list was based on them earning internet "hugs" on listening to the players/buyers/market but when it comes down to it ignoring many of ideas due to the fact that cannot track the requirements in-game

Codemasters it seems can do no wrong...

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Comment #11 by Johan
Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 10:48:03 AM
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nice ,codemasters is listening to the people just like Microsoft did with their policies.

good news though demolition derby, new maps and a level raise are all we need to keep playing this game.

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Comment #12 by Miikesmama
Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 11:06:55 AM
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I still don't get your point. "The internet hugs them..." "CM it seems can do no wrong"... I hated Showdown, hated F1 2012 even more, and was very outspoken about that (as were many people on the web).

"yes they added these things to make the game more fun for free , but they should have been there in the first place " ...says who?

Is a company obliged to repeat the same formula when they make a successor to a game? They did something new with Grid 2, added point to point races, duells, improved graphics and so on. If you liked Grid 1 more, ok (so did I), but Grid 2, out-of-the-box, was a great, fun, way-above-average racer, that was lightyears ahead of Cm failures F1 2012 and Dir Showdown.

With Grid 2 they changed a couple of things, left some things out, if they would have made the same game again people (like you) would say it's a "cash-in" without any innovation...

As for "over-priced DLC"... as opposed to EA or Ubisoft, you gain absolutely no advantage in getting those DLCs in Grid 2 (they are purely collector's stuff), and CM ties no achievements to them (which a lot of companies do just to steal money out of the pockets of "100%ers").

I played Grid 2 since release, don't have a single DLC, and see absolutely no indication that people that bought the DLCs would be faster or better drivers. Grid 2 still is very much about skill.

Again, I really don't see any connection between CM and EA.

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Comment #13 by skaghead
Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 11:58:04 AM
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@12 I'm not going to continue this conversation as it is evident that is it is going nowhere, you misquote me and seem to ignore all the points I raised whilst pushing the conversation into areas I wasn't even discussing.

I'm glad CM are supporting this game and hope you enjoy all your time with it.

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Comment #14 by jpg30
Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 02:03:51 PM
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what moron's developers can be at times, they took out demolition derby and le man's races and now they put demolition derby back in because the game didn't do well, this is because developers never listen to the gamers, you don't take out 2 of the best features of a game as people won't like it and now look where we are.....

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Comment #15 by Dr Popodopolus
Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 05:10:27 PM
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>Fan favourite mode removed from Sequel
>Fans moan
>Games receives mode for free

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Comment #16 by Mortal Machado
Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 08:45:50 PM
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Level cap will be raised to 99? Challenge accepted!

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Comment #17 by 41inuyasha
Saturday, July 27, 2013 @ 08:23:34 AM
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screw all you whiney 5 year olds. Grid 2 was amazing. New game means new style. If you want the same thing in every sequel, then go play COD. They took some stuff out and put new ideas in. And now they hear that we miss demo derby, they heard all our cries and are giving us a ton of stuff for free. Codemasters is one of the greatest developers out there. And I sincerely thank them for this. I cant wait to for all this to come out :)

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Comment #18 by G4M3 CHANGER
Sunday, July 28, 2013 @ 03:17:24 PM
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@10 I get your point. What CM did to me is the equivalent of on disc DLC. It should have been in the game, but at least they offered it for free and didn't charge you for it so they get some points back.

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Comment #19 by three15
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 04:42:05 AM
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Free is good but Demolition Derby doesn't really seem to fit in this game.

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