5 things you didn’t know about The Grand Tour Game
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The wraps have finally been pull off season 3 of The Grand Tour, which means we now have a few more details on what’s coming up in The Grand Tour Game. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about the game.
1: You’ll actually be able to play it before season 3 airs
In a recent chat I had with Brian Lindley, The Grand Tour Game’s Senior Producer, he let slip that you’ll be able to download and play the game from 15 January – three days before season 3 begins. Early birds will have some tasty stuff to play too: elements of S1E1 ‘The Holy Trinity’ and S2E1 ‘Past, Present, Future’ will be ready and waiting for your tyre tracks. Think of it as a chance to build up your single and multiplayer skills ready for the first episode of season 3.
2: The Grand Tour Game will integrate neatly with Amazon Prime Video
We’ll let Brian explain this one: “We’ve been working with the team that makes and maintains the Prime Video app on Xbox and Playstation. We want to treat our players as all-round fans of the show, so if they want to jump out of the game to just watch the show they can do that with a press of a button on their controller”. Neat.
3: Clarkson, Hammond and May have been playing the game recently
You may have seen the guys posting on social media showing them playing the game. Brian explains what they were up to. “A few guys from our team were at the playtest with the guys to help them along. From what I’ve heard they had a lot of fun – they recreated some of their favourite moments from the series and raced against each other in splitscreen. They had a great time and were enjoying it.”
4: The game development team have been seriously impressed by the TV production team
Brian’s role on the game team involves organising the work involved in producing it, and liaising with other parts of Amazon – and also W Chump & Sons, the production company behind The Grand Tour show. Working with the TV producers has given Brian and his game developer colleagues a real insight into how things get made for the small screen. “I’m not a TV person so this is my first time being close to a TV production and seeing them work is amazing,” explains Brian. “They spend the better part of a year furiously filming things then there’s a mad dash at the end to get it edited and pulled together into episodes. That’s been a fun process just to watch!”
5: The game’s producer is addicted to drifting… in the game
I ask Brian what his favourite gameplay mechanic in The Grand Tour Game is. He hesitates for all of, ooh, a millisecond, before responding:
“Oh I love the ways our cars drive and I love our drifting. We’ve spent a lot of time iterating on this with Craig [Sullivan, the game’s Creative Director], and our design team just getting the feel of the cars to be really approachable. One of the things the guys do in the show and make look super exciting is when they’re drifting the cars around – and you want to do that as a player. So I think we really nailed the feel of drifting and made it really easy to get into a drift and feel like you’re an amazing professional drifter. I think that’s one of the things I love to do – I don’t get tired of drifting around, and hopefully it’s the same for our players!”
Not long to go now
The Grand Tour Game is coming to Playstation 4 and Xbox One on 15 January 2019 – and you can pre-order it now.