After developing a number of respectable Moto GP titles over the past few years on the PC and Microsoft Xbox 360, Climax Studios’ rights to the MotoGP franchise have now been snapped up by Capcom, who will take care of its publishing over the next five years, with plans to continue the series on the Microsoft Xbox 360… hopefully just as well.
MotoGP is the planet’s premier motorcycling championship consisting of 18 Grands Prix hosted around the globe. It features the world’s top motorcycle manufacturers such as Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM and Aprilia, who provide machinery for the world’s best riders, including reigning World Champion Casey Stoner, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa.
There aren’t any details on the new version of MotoGP just yet, although you can bet your bottom dollar that it’ll include faithful virtual representations of the competition’s official bikes and cars. How Capcom approaches the gameplay, however, is another question entirely.
Commenting on the announcement Mark Beaumont, executive vice president, officer and head of Capcom consumer software publishing in the Americas and Europe said:
“We are really excited to have signed this long term agreement with Dorna Sports, which for the first time grants one publisher worldwide multi-platform rights to the adrenaline fuelled world of MotoGP. We feel this move to a single publisher will greatly benefit our ability to develop titles that deliver greater authenticity and excitement to the consumer.”
Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, the exclusive holder of all commercial and TV rights to MotoGP added:
“Capcom has already shown its ability to deliver a title that captures the essence of MotoGP and we look forward to working with them over the next five years.”
Ezpeleta is referring to the PlayStation 2 version of the game, for which Capcom did have the rights… it’s complicated.
Anyway, we’ll keep you posted on all the latest leather-clad, full throttle, knee-scraping action as soon as we get it.