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The Grand Tour TV se­ries is get­ting its own episodic videogame

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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.

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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.

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