Gravel [PC/PS4/XB1] - it's like a discount DiRT! (seriously)

EngineNo9
EngineNo9
edited March 2017 in Video Games
It looks like Milestone, the developer/publisher of the MXGP, Ride, WRC series' and other racing games, has decided to go directly head-to-head with DiRT 4 this summer with their own game Gravel.

Not a ton of details yet, but they mention "infinite races" in this this announcement trailer, along with "wide open maps" in the Cross Country mode. So hopefully that means something along the lines of the old MXvsATV maps with random checkpoint races.

This is also being built on Unreal Engine 4, just like MXGP3 coming in May, so that should give them a leg up when it comes to graphics and performance. That is something they've always struggled with when competing against Codemasters.

Gravel will offer an experience unique to its kind: Milestone’s pedigree in simulation is valued here with physics grounded in reality, but fun will be the main focus, among wild drifting on the different terrains, crazy jumps and impossible maneuvers.

The variety of powerful vehicles, from trophy trucks to rally legends, will offer many different approaches to the driving experience, and the wide offer of environments will have you strapped in for an unforgettable world tour.

Among deserts, jungles and snowy mountains you will have to shine in each and every discipline, whether it’s the wide open maps of the Cross Country or the narrow tracks of the Speed Cross. Become the ultimate Master or take part in some wild competition in the online game modes: Gravel will always have some fun ready for you!


MAIN FEATURES

The definitive off-road challenge: explore exotic locations, drive iconic vehicles in extreme conditions, defy the champions, and become the ultimate Offroad Master.

Gravel celebrates off-road racing by taking you to exotic locations around the world with some of the most exciting vehicles ever created. Become the Master in four exciting disciplines and be part of the greatest off-road competition ever seen, Offroad Masters: will you be able to #StealTheShow?

Unleashing the full power of Unreal Engine 4, Gravel bestows each location with an unprecedented level of detail and makes the competition fun for everyone: photorealistic graphics, dynamic time of day and weather system, accessible physics that can be enjoyed by everybody, breath-taking locations where the player can race at full speed rushing through forests, snowy mountains, dunes, deserts, impressive lighting and particle effects.

Comments

  • EngineNo9
    EngineNo9
    GT Member
    And they have released a video with some pre-alpha gameplay.

    Looks like a pretty forgiving driving model, with several times getting pushed into a fishtail and recovering without much trouble.
  • jztemple2
    jztemple2
    GT Member
    Again, mildly interested depending on how the "infinite races" get incorporated.

    I picked up Ride 2 from Milestone and while I think the physics are pretty good and the graphics nice, it does suffer from a lack of places to ride. What someone needs to do is combine bikes with something like Forza Horizon. Or maybe something like Gravel?
  • EngineNo9
    EngineNo9
    GT Member
    on 1488574024:

    Again, mildly interested depending on how the "infinite races" get incorporated.

    I picked up Ride 2 from Milestone and while I think the physics are pretty good and the graphics nice, it does suffer from a lack of places to ride. What someone needs to do is combine bikes with something like Forza Horizon. Or maybe something like Gravel?


    Yeah, from what I can tell there aren't any bikes in this game, but who knows, they could announce those as well since they have that background. More likely a sequel or DLC thing, though, in this day and age.

    As for places to drive, they had this to say in response to a Twitter question about whether it was all tracks (like that video) or what:

    it's more environments than track, but there are also classic tracks. A mix, with some very huge environments
  • EngineNo9
    EngineNo9
    GT Member
    An interesting video talking about their tech changes on moving to Unreal Engine 4 (which they also used in the recent MXGP 3 to good effect).
  • EngineNo9
    EngineNo9
    GT Member
    Here's a Gamescom trailer, which comes along with a date of "early 2018"
  • EngineNo9
    EngineNo9
    GT Member
    And finally some real gameplay of a full race in some sort of Australian quarry canyon at dusk. Graphically it isn't amazing, at least from what I can tell in a crappy YouTube video, but hopefully the gameplay makes up for that.
  • EngineNo9
    EngineNo9
    GT Member edited January 11
    A new video shows off a bit about the game and some Porsche cars you can unlock for preordering:
    • Porsche 924 GTS Rallye car (with official liveries from 1981 and '82)
    • Porsche 959 Rallye car (with official 1986 livery)



    The game is scheduled to come out on February 27, so still plenty of time to wait and see.
  • jztemple2
    jztemple2
    GT Member
    Looks decent. I checked the Steam forum for the game, wondering about a cockpit view, and the developer had posted in response that "It's absolutely in the works, with fully detailed cockpits". So it sounds good to me. Still, I'll want to see some "Let's Play" videos to see if they can make it a relatively serious sim. I'm not looking for massive simulation, but I'd like to stay away from it being too arcade-like., Does that make sense?
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