Last year, GRIP: Combat Racing launched to bring back the soul of the 1990s franchise Rollcage, and despite some problems, we thought it did so pretty well. Now, just as it did before, GRIP is trying to revive the spirit of another 90s racer, which was also developed by Psygnosis: Wipeout.
In a free update announced today, Wired Productions announced AirBlades, a new kind of futuristic vehicle that has no wheels, instead floating just above the track thanks to anti-gravity. Just like the Rollers, AirBlades can keep moving even when they're upside down, so they fit right into the game as it is. They can be used in every existing track in the game, as well as new tracks set in outer space.
Discussing the new update, Principal Programmer Rob Baker said:
But now, we’ve taken it up to a whole new level. We’ve taken the dynamism of the classic GRIP vehicles and injected that into what is traditionally a restrictive Antigravity vehicle model. This is no longer the brake left, brake right, racing on rails of old. We’ve merged the bombast of GRIP with the fluidity of antigravity vehicles and produced something unique in the racing world. Super-smooth vehicles that you can really throw around and drive with real skill, while fighting with the heavy weapons that GRIP provides.
Since launching back in November, GRIP has received significant improvements, with a major bug-fixing release leading up to the game's first content update earlier this year, which was also free. AirBlades should add even more variety to the title.
The free update is available now for Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One users, and it should be coming soon to the Nintendo Switch version of the game. For Xbox One owners, you can get the game as part of Xbox Game Pass, and Wired Productions is celebrating the update by giving away two 12-month subscription codes.