The second Nacon Connect reveal was something we haven't seen a lot of in recent years: a motorcycle racing game. RiMS Racing is aiming to be a "completely new approach" to motorcycle racing games — and they just might be able to pull it off.
You can see Raceward's CEO Marco Ponte talk at length about this game as part of the 2020 Nacon Connect presentation below, starting at 8:31:
"Our game provides an extremely accurate riding experience and precise control of the bike," explained RaceWard Studio CEO Marco Ponte. "We think this is hugely important for fans of the genre, but we also wanted to give beginners the chance to enjoy this type of game, so we also came up with an easier mode that helps new players discover the world of motorcycle racing."
As you may know, racing games typically fall somewhere on a sliding scale of arcade-style games versus simulation-style games. It looks like RiMS Racing will be leaning more towards a simulation kind of game. One highlighted point is the ability to monitor the status of your racing bike in realtime. Part of this dedication to simulation will be the ability to manage the mechanical aspects of your bike.
RiMS Racing is Still a Mystery
While RaceWard's CEO talked at length about the core design philosophy of the game, we didnt' get to see very much with the exception of a single promo image (seen in our header) and a work-in-progress motorcyle model (seen above).
There's a lot of potential to fill a gap in the racing simulation world here; while there are plenty of simulation-oriented car racing games, the motorcycle segment doesn't really have the same level of competition. You'll be able to play RiMS Racing when it launches sometime in the Summer of 2021.
Are you looking forward to playing RiMS Racing? Do you think it will be able to capture the attention of racing simulation fans or do you think motorcycle racing just isn't popular enough to make for a successful game? Let us know in the comments below!