The first trailer for Onrush, a new racing game from Codemasters, has been released. The title is being developed by the company’s new Cheshire, UK studio, formerly the team behind PlayStation-exclusive racing series’ Motorstorm, and the similarities between the two games are immediately apparent.
The gameplay trailer shows a variety of vehicles including buggies and dirt bikes tearing through snowy alps and picturesque caverns at high-speed. They’re weaving in and out of naturally formed obstacles in the environment, launching themselves off ramps and, of course, slamming into each other.
“Onrush is a celebration of sensational speed, outright fun and over the top spectacle,” Codemasters explains in a press release. “Players battle it out on track to power up their Rush meter which enables them to unleash the ultimate manifestation of boost and power as they wreak havoc on their opponents by performing death defying takedowns and stunts.”
There will be eight vehicle classes in Onrush and each one will have its own “unique style, feel, and advantages.” Each class of vehicle will also have different effects and abilities when they activate their Rush state.
“Onrush is not about racing to the finish line,” Codemasters continues. “Racing with style and flair is what counts as you perform incredible takedowns and put everything on the line in order to power up your all important Rush bar.”
Onrush’s release date has been confirmed as June 5 on PS4 and Xbox One. The game is available to pre-order now, and anyone who puts their money down early will get access to the beta before it opens up to everyone else in May.
Sony announced plans to close Motorstorm and Driveclub developer Evolution in March, 2016. However, a month later Codemasters established a new team with some of the talent from Evolution. The success of F1 2015 and Dirt Rally “re-positioned [Codemasters] for growth,” it said, and this growth started with the acquisition.