It’s not too often you get to bring your games to an entirely new gaming to platform – so it’s fair to say that we’re incredibly excited to have GRID as part of the slate of launch titles for Google Stadia.
With Stadia’s launch window beginning on November 19, GRID brings a storied legacy of accessible, yet challenging racing, with iconic cars on the greatest circuits, to the forefront of gaming technology. GRID’s return brings all that and more to Stadia, meaning you can now conquer our unpredictable world of motorsport and Get Your Heart Racing – wherever and whenever you want.
Still, for Stadia players, we didn’t think that was enough. We were keen to find out how the power of Stadia could be used to create an exclusive addition to GRID. The end result? A new race type, replicating one of the oldest and most celebrated forms of motor racing. A discipline fraught with danger, challenge, and pure glory.
This is Endurance.
GRID’s racing experience already delivers big on action and drama with 16 cars on the circuit. With GRID on Stadia, Endurance mode expands the grid size to up to 40 cars, split across four different classes, playable in both Free Play and Multiplayer.
Online, a new Quick Match Endurance option has been added for Stadia, allowing players to lobby up and compete against each other in longer-format races. As you head into Skirmish, you’ll be able to select your chosen car from the four pre-set classes that will take part in the race. A Hot Lap Qualifying session will then dictate the grid order and which car class you fall into.
In Free Play, choose the new Endurance discipline and you’ll be able to customise the event to your preferences. Choose the amount of cars on circuit (up to 40), choose the time limit for the race (five-minute intervals, with a maximum length of 60 minutes), and choose the four classes that will form the grid, with the ability to mix and match across the game’s entire car roster. Want to design a traditional Endurance event with our GT machines (as used in IMSA and WEC championships) on Silverstone or Indianapolis? Cool. Want to make a fantasy Endurance race, with historic Can-Am prototype machines on our infamous street circuits, like Havana or Shanghai? Go for it. Endurance mode has the same accessibility and ability to customise as Race or Time Attack, allowing you to create the exact Endurance race you want.
The goal of Endurance races is to finish first in your class, using skill and tactics to not let the other classes interfere with your race. Set a quick qualifying time, start strong and settle into a groove for the best chance of a class victory.
Endurance mode is joined on GRID for Stadia by the entire existing slate of modes, features and content that PC, Xbox One and PS4 players have been enjoying since October. On the go or from home with your chosen device, conquer our globe-trotting Career mode, with over 100 events all leading to a showdown with the infamous Ravenwest motorsport. Head to Multiplayer to jump seamlessly into Quick Match races against the world, or use Private Match to design your own custom lobby to invite your friends (or enemies) into.
Personalise your experience with customisable liveries for the entire roster of 60+ cars, ranging from official modern-day motorsport machines, to classic Touring and GT heroes, to road-going JDM icons, and everything in between. Edit your player card and banner to show your style and flaunt your in-game accolades. Take the keys to our totally open event creator to design the race of your dreams. Do all this with GRID’s easy-to-learn, hard-to-master gameplay and handling model, with assists and helpers for rookie drivers, or a truly testing all-assists-off experience for hardcore racers.
Google Stadia begins its launch on November 19, with GRID set to arrive on the same day – complete with the new Endurance mode. Prove your worth and show you’re a racer #LikeNoOther on a brand new platform, with a brand new way to compete.
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