Codemasters is promising all kinds of wunderbar things for Grid2 like "new standards for a racing multiplayer experience" and "the most visceral and exhilarating racing yet." The 24-karat test of those claims will have to wait until we can get controllers in our hands, but not for too much longer: The game will be shipping to stores on May 28 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation3 and PC.

What we can confirm now is that there will be three different options for special edition downloadable content depending on whether you pre-order the game at GameStop, Best Buy or Amazon. GameStoppers will get the McLaren and Nissan GT-R Racing Packs, featuring the MP4-12C GT3 and two new ways around the UK's Brands Hatch track in the former, and a GT-R SpecV plus an exclusive online event and five daytime circuits at Yas Marina in the latter.

Get the goods from Best Buy and you'll get the IndyCar Pack that includes the series Pace Car and Dallara chassis, an exclusive online event and two additional routes around The Brickyard. Amazon's version will offer the Head Start Pack, which is a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT on top of discounts in the Car Upgrades Store and a RaceNet bonus.

You have about 120 days to decide which one is for you, with the help of the high-res gallery above. In the meantime, there's a press release below.
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GRID® 2 SET TO SHIP TO STORES MAY 28, 2013

Pre-Order Special Edition Revealed


Los Angeles, Calif. – Jan. 31, 2013 – Codemasters® today announced that GRID® 2™, the long-awaited sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, critically acclaimed GRID™, will ship to stores on May 28, 2013* for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.

Codemasters has also announced a range of pre-order Special Editions for GRID 2 with extra content, redeemable via download on PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE® for Xbox 360 and Windows PC, illustrated in screenshots also released today.

Gamers who pre-order at GameStop can choose the GRID 2: Turbo-Charged Edition, which includes two additional packs:

McLaren Racing Pack
Receive the exclusive McLaren MP4-12C GT3 Special Edition car to race in single-player, multiplayer and a special online event; plus expand the game with two new routes around the Brands Hatch GP circuit.

GTR Racing Pack
Receive the exclusive Nissan GT-R SpecV road car to race in single-player, multiplayer and an exclusive online event; plus experience all five routes around the Yas Marina circuit by day.

Gamers who pre-order at Best Buy can choose the GRID 2: IndyCar Edition, which includes:

IndyCar Pack
Receive the exclusive Dallara IndyCar and the IndyCar Pace car to race in single-player, multiplayer and an exclusive online event; plus expand the game with two new routes around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval Circuit.

Gamers who pre-order at Amazon can choose the GRID 2: Head Start Edition which includes:

Head Start Pack
Receive the exclusive Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT car to race in single-player, multiplayer and enjoy discounts in the Car Upgrades Store in online game modes and a unique RaceNet bonus.

GRID 2 will challenge players to be fast, be first and be famous. Going behind the wheel of a handpicked selection of automotive icons spanning four decades, gamers will race their way to the top of a new, evolving world of motorsport. From Paris to Abu Dhabi, Chicago to the sun-kissed California coast and beyond, beautifully created city streets, licensed circuits and edge-of-control mountain roads will become home to the most visceral and exhilarating racing yet.

GRID 2 will also set new standards for a racing multiplayer experience with an entirely distinct and extensive gameplay component and unique progression system. Deep customization options and integration with RaceNet – the online community portal for Codemasters Racing games which tracks player's races, rewards and rivals – will offer further immersion and connectivity in GRID 2's new world of motorsport.

Fans can keep up with all the latest updates straight from the studio by speeding over to www.gridgame.com and www.facebook.com/gridgame or follow the team at www.twitter.com/gridgame.


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      Horatio
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cue the egotistical iRacing and rFactor gamers (yep, I called iRacing & rFactor games) saying they won't touch this game because they only play HARDCORE sims.
      Greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't wait for this! The first GRID was very under-appreciated and still one of my favorite racing games. I hope they improve the online modes this time. That was the only shortcoming.
      Eddie Dwyer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ill take the GT-R pack.
      Travis Lee Olson
      • 1 Year Ago
      wow, this crap game got a sequel?
      AE86
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow I can't believe how long it took for part 2 to come out......
      MisterDBarton
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully there's a demo...
      RodRAEG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad they didn't add in-car view as a DLC. If you think this is gonna be a serious contender in the driving sim genre, you're in for an unpleasant surprise.
      Shane Gardner
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well...guess I need to pre-order at Best Buy.
      Relyat08
      • 1 Year Ago
      This was always my favorite arcade racer. I hope they didn't change it too much from the first. Absolutely love the driving dynamics of that game.
      ZeDestructor
      • 1 Year Ago
      With any luck this will support my G25 properly....
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does it still have the craptastic AI catch-up? It was seriously stupid in the first game. One example that sticks in my mind. I was slightly behind a ravenwest Boss 302 in second position going into a corner. He went wide, and I freaking nailed it. Passed and carried at least 30 more mph out onto the straight. In our supposedly identical cars, he blew by me like I wasn't there and was 2 lengths ahead again by the next corner. When the difficultly is ratcheted up in a game, I want it to be because the opposition just gets better, i.e. takes better lines, puts the power down in better places, etc, not because they magically double their horsepower and attain grip levels unexplainable by science. I shouldn't have the best race of my life ruined because the AI gains magical catch-up powers. If I destroy them and win by 10 seconds, that should stand. Them catching up doesn't make it more exciting, it's just BS. Hope they fix this, or I won't touch this game.
        chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @domingorobusto
        Yeah it's called rubberbanding....it sucks. Need For Speed is the worst when it comes to rubberbanding. I was going 253mph in a Veyron and all of a sudden an MP4-12C blew past me like the roadrunner from Looney tunes. Almost every racing game has it but some games just abuse it for no reason.
        Jorvis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @domingorobusto
        I agree completely here, but overall loved the first GRID title. The problem here is that every modern racing game I can think of besides GT5 does this and the opposite - where all the opponent cars seem to slow down for you if you're not doing well on a new track until you're in contention again. Both ways are terrible. This is dated, but the best racing game I ever played in this particular aspect was the original Midnight Club on PC. In every race (with difficulty set appropriately) the opponent cars did exactly what they were supposed to do regardless of how you were driving, and every race took 20+ tries to get the course memorized and get the lines/speed right. It was HARD, and that was a good thing. It actually mattered when you won.
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