In Paris last year when we were given several hands-on previews with various Gameloft games, GT Racing was little more than an elusive 2010 racing simulator. Following Gameloft's holiday lineup, GT Racing seems to be the next big game to come from the developer.

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From our preview:

Gameloft is putting a lot of effort in to providing a realistic racing experience, and in the demo I was able to get my hands on, my '67 Shelby GT was wonderfully challenging to control around Leguna Seca. It was actually refreshing to play an iPhone racing game where you actually have to precisely control your car instead of just mashing down the gas and flying down the track.

Like all Gameloft games, they aim to make GT Racing as accessible as possible, with both brake assist and traction control that can be turned on for casual players, or disabled entirely for racing veterans. As you play through events in the game you earn money to buy upgrades for your cars, as you tune every aspect of your car by adding these aftermarket parts you will be given the opportunity to test track (just like Gran Turismo) before going back to competition races.

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Gameloft also released a brief gameplay trailer last month:

The iPhone's tilt controls seem to be a natural fit for racing games, and while there are already quite a few amazing racers on the platform, it sounds like GT Racing will feature by far the most included licensed content between both real tracks and cars. The release date of GT Racing is uncertain, but we'll be keeping an eye out for news from Gameloft regarding its status.

  • Shibuya_109

    Okay, so it's a Gran Turismo clone, but as GT on the PSP was so poor, this may have some merit. The logo though, FFS Gameloft, you are very lucky not to have been sued.

    • Hmar9333

      I know, "GT Racing"? Seriously?

      Gameloft FTW!

      As long as I can drive around Laguna Seca and Nurebulberingububling or whatever it's called, (you know, that really long race track?)

      • eloquent

        Its called Nurburgring ;)

      • http://www.obamanetwork.eu Yoshi 256

        Nürnburgring

      • http://www.obamanetwork.eu Stadust

        Nürburgring

        No "n".

  • Shibuya_109

    Okay, so it's a Gran Turismo clone, but as GT on the PSP was so poor, this may have some merit. The logo though, FFS Gameloft, you are very lucky not to have been sued.

    • Hmar9333

      I know, "GT Racing"? Seriously?

      Gameloft FTW!

      As long as I can drive around Laguna Seca and Nurebulberingububling or whatever it's called, (you know, that really long race track?)

      • eloquent

        Its called Nurburgring ;)

      • http://www.obamanetwork.eu Yoshi 256

        Nürnburgring

      • http://www.obamanetwork.eu Stadust

        Nürburgring

        No "n".

  • 8bitbass

    I hope this gets to be released this month, so far aside from some minor indie games , a good game is yet to be released for january.

    • Hmar9333

      Cogs? Plants versus Zombies?

      ???

      • AttackOfThePwned

        I have no clue why you posted that. Neither game has been released yet...

    • spiffyone

      Song Summoner is in the App Store.

      That's sure as hell not a bad game, and not an indie game.

  • 8bitbass

    I hope this gets to be released this month, so far aside from some minor indie games , a good game is yet to be released for january.

    • Hmar9333

      Cogs? Plants versus Zombies?

      ???

      • AttackOfThePwned

        I have no clue why you posted that. Neither game has been released yet...

    • spiffyone

      Song Summoner is in the App Store.

      That's sure as hell not a bad game, and not an indie game.

  • 8bitbass

    Are they released already? And Plants vs zombies? I hate the pc version.

  • 8bitbass

    Are they released already? And Plants vs zombies? I hate the pc version.

  • Maniacfive

    Hmmm, looks good. And I'm looking for a new racer since NFS:U is getting a bit old now. And NFS:S covered all the cars in those god awful racing decals.

  • Maniacfive

    Hmmm, looks good. And I'm looking for a new racer since NFS:U is getting a bit old now. And NFS:S covered all the cars in those god awful racing decals.

  • http://bbxdesign.com bbx

    The content and graphics seem great. It looks inspired not only by Gran Turismo but also NFS and some Colin McRae Rally.
    The thing that bothers me is the direction. Did you see in the video (near 0:30) how the steering wheel didn't look smooth at all ? I hope it's just how it looks and not how it feels...
    Real Racing handles it perfectly, and I hope GT will do too, because tilt driving is just painful...

  • http://bbxdesign.com bbx

    The content and graphics seem great. It looks inspired not only by Gran Turismo but also NFS and some Colin McRae Rally.
    The thing that bothers me is the direction. Did you see in the video (near 0:30) how the steering wheel didn't look smooth at all ? I hope it's just how it looks and not how it feels...
    Real Racing handles it perfectly, and I hope GT will do too, because tilt driving is just painful...

  • http://next.iepa.net alamperti

    sounds awesome even if it looks pretty similar to the psp gran turismo. i've greatly enjoyed that game in the past month look forward to get this one on my iphone :)

  • http://next.iepa.net alamperti

    sounds awesome even if it looks pretty similar to the psp gran turismo. i've greatly enjoyed that game in the past month look forward to get this one on my iphone :)

  • dumas1000

    Difference being that Gran Turismo for the PSP has no progression & no career. Therefore, it could not maintain my interest. I need at least some level of focus in my games and Gran Turismo has none. GT will be different in that regard at least.

  • dumas1000

    Difference being that Gran Turismo for the PSP has no progression & no career. Therefore, it could not maintain my interest. I need at least some level of focus in my games and Gran Turismo has none. GT will be different in that regard at least.

  • Kugi_igi

    i hope Gameloft improved the game since the last gameplay vid
    especially the cockpit view,it looks crap
    the game looks cool on the screenshots but on the vid it's not that good....

    • Shibuya_109

      Yeah, they have to fix the cockpit view. The steering wheel snapping back to zero all the time looks terrible, and the camera is just too high up. Looks like the car is floating above all the other cars.

  • Kugi_igi

    i hope Gameloft improved the game since the last gameplay vid
    especially the cockpit view,it looks crap
    the game looks cool on the screenshots but on the vid it's not that good....

    • Shibuya_109

      Yeah, they have to fix the cockpit view. The steering wheel snapping back to zero all the time looks terrible, and the camera is just too high up. Looks like the car is floating above all the other cars.

  • HenryBaker

    Game Looks Fantastic. It looks like it has the potential to be better than Real Racing which is still my favorite Iphone racer. Gameloft just keeps knocking em out the PARK.

    • menom

      you're not a gameloft employee are you?

      nothing about this looks obviously better than Real Racing - especially the graphics - and I don't see how the controls could be any better as Firemint nailed it with Real Racing

      I'm not saying this won't be good - but I'll be amazed if Real Racing is toppled as best race app

      • Sol

        I agree. Real Racing is still the one to beat and even if GT Racing seems promising it also seems less polished in some ways; I just do not see the same attention to detail in it. Having said that, the variety of racing tracks and weather conditions is somewhat compelling.

  • HenryBaker

    Game Looks Fantastic. It looks like it has the potential to be better than Real Racing which is still my favorite Iphone racer. Gameloft just keeps knocking em out the PARK.

    • menom

      you're not a gameloft employee are you?

      nothing about this looks obviously better than Real Racing - especially the graphics - and I don't see how the controls could be any better as Firemint nailed it with Real Racing

      I'm not saying this won't be good - but I'll be amazed if Real Racing is toppled as best race app

      • Sol

        I agree. Real Racing is still the one to beat and even if GT Racing seems promising it also seems less polished in some ways; I just do not see the same attention to detail in it. Having said that, the variety of racing tracks and weather conditions is somewhat compelling.

  • Shibuya_109

    I wonder how this will run on my old 3G. I tied the demo of the latest Gameloft Burn-Out copy and the frame rate was far too low to be playable.

    I've played a lot of Real Racing on my iPhone, and part of the appeal of that title is the 30fps update. (plus the nice controls of course)

    • Mark

      Interesting. I have a 3G, and I'm having a lot of fun with Asphalt 5. there is some choppiness here and there, but nothing that affects gameplay - especially after the latest update. Perhaps the demo runs slower?

      • Bruce

        Gotta disagree with you there. I have a Touch 3G, and find that sometimes the choppy framerate IS distracting.
        This game looks good but we'll have to see what the release is really like.

  • Shibuya_109

    I wonder how this will run on my old 3G. I tied the demo of the latest Gameloft Burn-Out copy and the frame rate was far too low to be playable.

    I've played a lot of Real Racing on my iPhone, and part of the appeal of that title is the 30fps update. (plus the nice controls of course)

    • Mark

      Interesting. I have a 3G, and I'm having a lot of fun with Asphalt 5. there is some choppiness here and there, but nothing that affects gameplay - especially after the latest update. Perhaps the demo runs slower?

      • Bruce

        Gotta disagree with you there. I have a Touch 3G, and find that sometimes the choppy framerate IS distracting.
        This game looks good but we'll have to see what the release is really like.

  • djmuzi

    looks like Asphalt 5. Even if the controls will be far far better I wouldn't buy this similar to Asphalt 5 looking "Asphalt 6". Sorry Gameloft, its time for something new (not only steal graphics from older games)!

  • djmuzi

    looks like Asphalt 5. Even if the controls will be far far better I wouldn't buy this similar to Asphalt 5 looking "Asphalt 6". Sorry Gameloft, its time for something new (not only steal graphics from older games)!

  • Radchad1

    I don't think the graphics of the car in the first screen shot is going to be the way the car really looks on the final product. If you look at the first screen shot Eli posted of the Audi and then the competitors car in the same shot, the graphics look gamelofty (I.E. Asphlat 5 minus all the blur effect).

  • Radchad1

    I don't think the graphics of the car in the first screen shot is going to be the way the car really looks on the final product. If you look at the first screen shot Eli posted of the Audi and then the competitors car in the same shot, the graphics look gamelofty (I.E. Asphlat 5 minus all the blur effect).

  • shin

    I hope you can actually drive like Real Racing

    • Sticktron

      Amen brother. What a let down NFS:S was (for me).

  • shin

    I hope you can actually drive like Real Racing

    • Sticktron

      Amen brother. What a let down NFS:S was (for me).

  • Carlos Luz

    At least from the video, this one feels faster (frame rate) than the previous gameloft games, so what I'm hoping for is for a game with good graphics, taking the sense of speed to new heights ... we already have enough relatively good racing games with average fps .... I think there's a lack of FAST racing games that perform FAST on iPhone 3G and maybe even of 2G.

  • Carlos Luz

    At least from the video, this one feels faster (frame rate) than the previous gameloft games, so what I'm hoping for is for a game with good graphics, taking the sense of speed to new heights ... we already have enough relatively good racing games with average fps .... I think there's a lack of FAST racing games that perform FAST on iPhone 3G and maybe even of 2G.

  • Volodymyr

    who needs this if real racing is already available?

    • Diablohead

      people who have beat real racing and owned the game since launch, looking for another nice racing game title?

      I am looking forward to this game, skipping Shift because it's more or less on rails, this game is much more towards gran turismo then asphalt anyway.

      • http://www.google.com Halpin94

        Your wrong about Shift, I know what you mean by on the rails. Undercover felt like it was on rails. ( Were you feel you cant turn a corner what ever way you want, or you cant actually turn your car around. ) Shift doesn't feel like that, It feels like Real Racing ( your free to drive what ever way you want around the track but more braking ) and I feel it is more realistic than Real Racing for that reason.
        Just look up some videos.
        --
        @ Volodymyr Real Racing isn't the best simulator ever, you can really drive what ever way you want as in you can go around a bend while still accelerating, not braking at over 100mph. And no I don't have it on kph.

      • Yao MUNG

        Plus shift has that fun little bug in the Tokyo races that crashes the game making it impossible to progress...and even funner still, is waiting for EA to do something about it.

  • Volodymyr

    who needs this if real racing is already available?

    • Diablohead

      people who have beat real racing and owned the game since launch, looking for another nice racing game title?

      I am looking forward to this game, skipping Shift because it's more or less on rails, this game is much more towards gran turismo then asphalt anyway.

      • http://www.google.com Halpin94

        Your wrong about Shift, I know what you mean by on the rails. Undercover felt like it was on rails. ( Were you feel you cant turn a corner what ever way you want, or you cant actually turn your car around. ) Shift doesn't feel like that, It feels like Real Racing ( your free to drive what ever way you want around the track but more braking ) and I feel it is more realistic than Real Racing for that reason.
        Just look up some videos.
        --
        @ Volodymyr Real Racing isn't the best simulator ever, you can really drive what ever way you want as in you can go around a bend while still accelerating, not braking at over 100mph. And no I don't have it on kph.

      • Yao MUNG

        Plus shift has that fun little bug in the Tokyo races that crashes the game making it impossible to progress...and even funner still, is waiting for EA to do something about it.

  • Sticktron

    Um.. No.. Shift is the exact same pretend driving (ie. on-rails)
    EA should have bought the Real Racing code, added real cars, and jazzed it up with a storyline, etc.

    Most Wanted on PSP was a great translation, why can't we have something like that for our platform?

  • Sticktron

    Um.. No.. Shift is the exact same pretend driving (ie. on-rails)
    EA should have bought the Real Racing code, added real cars, and jazzed it up with a storyline, etc.

    Most Wanted on PSP was a great translation, why can't we have something like that for our platform?

  • Ramrodicus

    Less than 1% of Ferrari F430's were sold with a standard manual transmission (the rest had paddle shifters on the steering column). I therefore find it quite humorous that in the cockpit view the driver keeps taking his right hand off the wheel to shift.

    Nonetheless, I'll buy this as soon as it comes out. I really want some real world tracks, and there was no mistaking both Monaco and the Laguna Seca corkscrew in that video. I hope there are even more real tracks in the game.

    • Audi

      Bullshit

  • Ramrodicus

    Less than 1% of Ferrari F430's were sold with a standard manual transmission (the rest had paddle shifters on the steering column). I therefore find it quite humorous that in the cockpit view the driver keeps taking his right hand off the wheel to shift.

    Nonetheless, I'll buy this as soon as it comes out. I really want some real world tracks, and there was no mistaking both Monaco and the Laguna Seca corkscrew in that video. I hope there are even more real tracks in the game.

    • Audi

      Bullshit

  • PQA

    What is it on 3rd small picture? Blue car is covering yellow one! Photoshop?

  • PQA

    What is it on 3rd small picture? Blue car is covering yellow one! Photoshop?

  • GodSon

    The racing game I've been waiting for. Sure its not Gran Turismo but i have a feeling it will do it's justice on the iTouch. The pics look very polished! Pretty much an insta buy on my end. I do hope the controls aren't clunky.

    Ridge Racer Accelerated grew on me and I will keep it because the updates seem to be coming in slowly and the bettering of the game shows.

  • GodSon

    The racing game I've been waiting for. Sure its not Gran Turismo but i have a feeling it will do it's justice on the iTouch. The pics look very polished! Pretty much an insta buy on my end. I do hope the controls aren't clunky.

    Ridge Racer Accelerated grew on me and I will keep it because the updates seem to be coming in slowly and the bettering of the game shows.

  • joaquin

    Looks very good. However, word of advice. If you are going for the realistic, which it seems and its what I like, the cars seem to bank or tilt to much to the sides while cornering. In real life sport cars like the ones to be included do not bank as much. The video makes a Ferrari move like a cheap entry level car. I am sure that the car will not handle that way. Just think about it... I hope I helped.

  • joaquin

    Looks very good. However, word of advice. If you are going for the realistic, which it seems and its what I like, the cars seem to bank or tilt to much to the sides while cornering. In real life sport cars like the ones to be included do not bank as much. The video makes a Ferrari move like a cheap entry level car. I am sure that the car will not handle that way. Just think about it... I hope I helped.

  • JimB

    You know what I want to see... A game like this with Jet Car Stunts controls and handling, which are the best IMO - now that game would blow all the other car games into nothing.

  • JimB

    You know what I want to see... A game like this with Jet Car Stunts controls and handling, which are the best IMO - now that game would blow all the other car games into nothing.

  • Christian Bale

    meh I really don't like gameloft racing games. they're weird, don't like the physics.

    • Stak

      Man why does everyone say its worse than real racing? Real racing is a very nice game, but it doesnt have that many cars or tracks. They say that it has 48 cars, but they just made 2 models per class and repainted them! And the graphics are WAY worse than this. Okay the in car view is pretty bad. But the 3d modelling and shaders are way better here. Not to mention the sound.. And yes gameloft shouldnt copy thing so much from other games.

  • Christian Bale

    meh I really don't like gameloft racing games. they're weird, don't like the physics.

    • Stak

      Man why does everyone say its worse than real racing? Real racing is a very nice game, but it doesnt have that many cars or tracks. They say that it has 48 cars, but they just made 2 models per class and repainted them! And the graphics are WAY worse than this. Okay the in car view is pretty bad. But the 3d modelling and shaders are way better here. Not to mention the sound.. And yes gameloft shouldnt copy thing so much from other games.

  • spiffyone

    BTW, yet another missed opportunity by Sega, the 800 lb. gorilla in the room that seems content sticking their finger in the butt and sniffing it instead of actually doing something.

    Sega GT, anyone? I mean...seriously now.... Not only does Sega have a "simulation" racing IP, but every single dev studio at Sega JP has made great racing games. And, oh yeah...they've also got more extensive knowledge than any other developer on the planet making PowerVR GPUs shine. Sega used earlier PowerVR GPUs in Dreamcast, and their NAOMI arcade boards. Hell, their Aurora arcade board uses a full fledged MBX version - iPhone/touch 1st and 2nd "gens" use MBX-lite, btw. Still no Sega developed racer, however.

  • spiffyone

    BTW, yet another missed opportunity by Sega, the 800 lb. gorilla in the room that seems content sticking their finger in the butt and sniffing it instead of actually doing something.

    Sega GT, anyone? I mean...seriously now.... Not only does Sega have a "simulation" racing IP, but every single dev studio at Sega JP has made great racing games. And, oh yeah...they've also got more extensive knowledge than any other developer on the planet making PowerVR GPUs shine. Sega used earlier PowerVR GPUs in Dreamcast, and their NAOMI arcade boards. Hell, their Aurora arcade board uses a full fledged MBX version - iPhone/touch 1st and 2nd "gens" use MBX-lite, btw. Still no Sega developed racer, however.

  • Stak

    @ nfs:s tokyo.

    I didnt do that race and still finished world tour. You can go further. I now own the bmw. And i find that game better than real racing. Real racing disappointed me, because of the lack of REALLY different cars. 8 types of cars come on! Ok 9 with gti

  • Stak

    @ nfs:s tokyo.

    I didnt do that race and still finished world tour. You can go further. I now own the bmw. And i find that game better than real racing. Real racing disappointed me, because of the lack of REALLY different cars. 8 types of cars come on! Ok 9 with gti

  • Denny

    Damn, if the graphics are as crap as Asphalt then it'll be a major letdown in that sense. Asphalt is praised for its graphics, when i actually find them quite horrid. Read Racing, on the other hand, has much more realistic lighting and reflections. All at a much higher framerate. Real Racing may not be packed with variety, but it's quality is unmatched by games (other than Jet Car Stunts, which has the BEST graphics on the platform(s)).

  • Denny

    Damn, if the graphics are as crap as Asphalt then it'll be a major letdown in that sense. Asphalt is praised for its graphics, when i actually find them quite horrid. Read Racing, on the other hand, has much more realistic lighting and reflections. All at a much higher framerate. Real Racing may not be packed with variety, but it's quality is unmatched by games (other than Jet Car Stunts, which has the BEST graphics on the platform(s)).

  • gospel9

    what's up with you people! It's all about the cockpit view!

    I love the Cockpit view in NFS:S. It just feels and looks so right on the iPhone's tilting controls. Those of you who played Shift and complain about on rails, I hope you changed your setting from Rookie to at least Professional. It's an outstanding game. The quality and polish ain't something you'll find in any other game.

  • gospel9

    what's up with you people! It's all about the cockpit view!

    I love the Cockpit view in NFS:S. It just feels and looks so right on the iPhone's tilting controls. Those of you who played Shift and complain about on rails, I hope you changed your setting from Rookie to at least Professional. It's an outstanding game. The quality and polish ain't something you'll find in any other game.

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  • Redford10

    NFS:S was a big let down from the graphics to the framerate. It's not a surprise that Real Racing is more popular with Iphone users.

  • Redford10

    NFS:S was a big let down from the graphics to the framerate. It's not a surprise that Real Racing is more popular with Iphone users.

  • Bilal

    Laguna Seca!!!! My local track(well its world famous) saw that double corkscrew and got excited.

    Hopefully they'll have a miata which i can supercharge like mine(a track driving sim is not complete without the miata).

  • Bilal

    Laguna Seca!!!! My local track(well its world famous) saw that double corkscrew and got excited.

    Hopefully they'll have a miata which i can supercharge like mine(a track driving sim is not complete without the miata).

  • WiseWeasel

    The graphics and physics in the video look downright bad. Next.

  • WiseWeasel

    The graphics and physics in the video look downright bad. Next.

  • http://appsandstuff.weebly.com/ Addicted2waffle

    Lol
    gameloft are so rip off'ers, but i can't do nothing but love theire games!!

  • http://appsandstuff.weebly.com/ Addicted2waffle

    Lol
    gameloft are so rip off'ers, but i can't do nothing but love theire games!!

  • http://www.jambabble.com/ Sabina Mayshack

    I feel it's sad about Joaquin Phoenix. He was/is a fantastic actor, but he seems to have just got a little loose upstairs.

  • http://www.jambabble.com/ Sabina Mayshack

    I feel it's sad about Joaquin Phoenix. He was/is a fantastic actor, but he seems to have just got a little loose upstairs.