New free rac­ing app an ‘au­then­tic world of cars’

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FRENCH gam­ing gi­ant Eden Games has launched Gear.Club, a high-oc­tane game that it says is more than just rac­ing, but “an au­then­tic world of cars with fully sim­u­lated en­gines, pow­er­trains, sus­pen­sions and aero­dy­nam­ics”.

The app is free on the Ap­ple App Store and Google Play, and took a team of 30 en­gi­neers nearly three years to de­velop. The game de­buted on Ap­ple TV Fourth Gen­er­a­tion as a launch-window ti­tle where it has been the num­ber one over­all app in 25 coun­tries as well as the top-gross­ing app in 10 mar­kets.

In this re­al­is­tic driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, car lovers can col­lect, up­grade and cus­tomise some of the most gor­geous ex­otic ve­hi­cles in their per­for­mance shop, and en­joy ex­quis­ite de­tails, such as en­gines and in­te­ri­ors, in fully ren­dered 3D.

Speak­ing about the de­vel­op­ment of Gear.Club, Eden Games founder David Nadal said: “We in­di­vid­u­ally sim­u­late ev­ery me­chan­i­cal el­e­ment rel­e­vant to how a car be­haves. Fidelity is key and we are proud that our game en­gine can re­pro­duce sub­tle nu­ances that a true car fan will be able to feel.

“In Gear.Club, ev­ery car be­haves dif­fer­ently; some are more ag­ile, some un­der­steer. This is quite rare, if not unique, in the mo­bile space. Fur­ther­more, all the data you see in the game is in line with re­al­ity.”

Eden Games has a ro­bust her­itage for de­vel­op­ing rac­ing games, with the sim­u­la­tion, physics and re­al­ism of Gear.Club be­ing a result of the com­pany’s 20+ years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in re­search, en­gi­neer­ing and it­er­a­tive de­sign.

The gam­ing pow­er­house has al­ready achieved success with highly ac­claimed games such as the V-Rally fran­chise, Need for Speed: Porsche and Test Drive Un­lim­ited, among other ma­jor hits on var­i­ous con­soles.

To achieve the re­al­ism ex­pe­ri­enced in Gear.Club, the team at Eden Games worked ex­tremely closely with the fea­tured car man­u­fac­tur­ers.

The de­sign­ers painstak­ingly repli­cate each model, en­sur­ing the style and orig­i­nal spirit of each car was up­held and that the man­u­fac­tur­ers can pick the de­sign that best re­flects the real-life prod­uct. “When man­u­fac­tur­ers see the re­spect we have for their prod­ucts and how metic­u­lous we are, we can es­tab­lish a very con­struc­tive di­a­logue.

“Cars are our re­li­gion and I think this tran­spires when they talk to us, which is why they trust us as much as they do,” said Nadal. More on www.gear.club. — WR.

IM­AGE: GEAR.CLUB

A screen grab from the new driv­inggame app, Gear.Club, which de­vel­op­ers say pro­vides more than just a rac­ing game, but ‘an au­then­tic world of cars’.

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