Gran Turismo 6 is the driving game for the last-generation of video game consoles. Forza Motorsport 5 is the game for the next-generation of consoles. Doesn't seem like there's much middle ground, does it? Don't tell that to the folks behind Grid Autosports, though. The sequel to Grid 2 has just been announced for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC with an on-sale date this summer.
As this is just the announcement trailer, there's not a lot going on in the roughly 90-second video attached below. James Nicholls, Grid Autosport's chief designer, did sit down with Videogamer to discuss the new racing title, though, and explained why there won't be a version for next-gen gamers to play. According to Nicholls, a new game engine is under development (likely for the inevitable Grid 3) and there wasn't time nor manpower enough to port the current game's engine to the next-gen standards. There was also a concern over how a ported game (meaning one using carryover code, not built from scratch) would look on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
"If we had taken this approach, all we'd be doing is taking technology designed for the previous generation and porting it to next-generation consoles – it wouldn't be optimal, and it wouldn't be a 'proper' next-gen game, taking advantage of the features and the technology that next-generation consoles offer," Nicholls told Videogramer.
Take a look below for the full video, and then hop over to VG for more on Grid Autosport.