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Nanotech Entertainment to release Xtreme Rally Racing at ATEI and IGX

January 25, 2009

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Nanotech Entertainment has revealed a new coin-op arcade racing title that they are releasing at ATEI and the “alternate show” IGX and it is AFAIK, their second video game to the arcade market if you count their virtual pinball unit called MultiPin but their first “arcade” style game. Called Xtreme Rally Racing, they are definently taking shot at Sega Rally 3 (even their flyer says “Absolutely the best racing game in the world” where Sega used the word “Probably…”), and they have a few options in the game to help it stand out on it’s own.

Perhaps the most interesting feature they mention in the press release is what they call the “Xtreme Off-Road feature” where you can “Race Head-to-Head against other players and the gview2computer to checkpoints while driving anywhere on the map with no present course”. While they did recreate some real courses, the addition of the going anywhere element should prove to be fun, especially where you don’t see that very often in arcade titles.

Xtreme Rally Racing also provides head-to-head online racing so you can compete with anyone in the world via the internet. That is another feature we haven’t seen much of in arcade racers although it has been done before with games like a tournament edition of SF Rush 2049 where it proved to be successful.

From the shots on the flyer the game looks very impressive with highly detailed cars, HD resolutions and even HDR lighting.If it holds at a steady and high frame rate, it should be a sight to behold at arcades.

One last thing before we get to the press release – with this we can effectively put Nanotech into the realm of an arcade developer in the US – before this was held by only three companies (as far as their parent companies residing in the US and not Japan) so with a fourth, it does show an expansion in the market. More game companies = more games for arcades and for players.

We will have more information on this game as well as on others over the next few days with out ATEI coverage so stay tuned. It is strange however that the press release does not mention a booth to see it at or any distribution info.

For more info, hit the post break below. You can also visit Nanotech’s website or discuss this on our forums. We have also added the game to our Master Release Game List for 2009.

UPDATE: It looks like Xtreme Rally Racing may be based upon a game called Xpand Rally Xtreme. How much the games differ in terms of both gameplay and graphics remains to be seen (although from the still shots on the flyer, it looks like the graphics haven’t changed much – we’ll have to see if they’ve bumped up the framerate) but so you have an idea of what Xtreme Rally Racing may look and play like, we’ve embedded the video after the break.

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