hot topic: the grand tour game
The Grand Tour TV series is getting its own episodic videogame
TV and videogames have never quite pulled off working together well. Remember the Quantum Break TV show or sci-fi show Defiance? Probably not, and with good reason – the two mediums just can’t seem to strike the right balance. That’s not going to stop global giants Amazon from giving it a shot themselves though with The Grand Tour Game being based on the driving show of the same name.
It’s the first major project to come out of Amazon’s gaming studio and is also being helmed by creative director Craig Sullivan, who previously worked on Burnout Paradise at Criterion Games. With that kind of pedigree behind it the basic racing elements should at least be pretty solid even if the prospect of Jeremy Clarkson’s saggy face rendered in 4K by the Xbox One X doesn’t appeal.
The game will debut alongside the next season of the show with new episodes being released every week that will follow the antics of hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. It’ll be racing based and closely tied to the show so you’ll be driving the same cars in the same locations, completing their wacky challenges and all the while being treated to some top ‘bants’ by the ex-BBC trio. The first part will be based on the first episode from seasons one and two, with the rest being based on the third season.
There will also be a four-player splitscreen mode, though with three presenters to choose from we’re not sure who the fourth one is going to be. It also promises over-the-top powerups such as High Tea which will spill out cups and saucers to shred tyres, and More Horsepowers which sounds like some kind of speed boost. Trolling your fellow racers by hurling creative insults at them like the presenters do to each other in the show is also highly encouraged, though we can only see that ending badly considering the kind of xenophobia and sexism that gets thrown around online as it is. Though if you’re going to pretend to be Jeremy Clarkson, you’ve got to roll with the punches, as it were.
There’s still no word on what the price will be or if it will be included as part of Amazon Prime like the television show, but you will need to get a season pass to download each episode as it releases. We’ve only seen a few teases of the racing so far so we’re expecting the game to be based on that rather than the sections where they fling caravans about in disastrous ways.
With a fair amount of criticism being thrown at the show and the publicity-loving presenters over the last few years we’re setting our eyebrows to a dubiously raised position, but being the Amazon gaming division’s first proper foray into the wild we’re still keen to check it out and judge for ourselves. Not long to wait now. Season three of the show is expected in December so the game should be out around then too.
“Trolling your fellow racers by hurling insults at them is highly encouraged”
right There will be a four-player splitscreen mode – but who will be driver four?Above If nothing else, you can expect some top motor hardware.