Asobo Studio is known for developing movie-licensed movies such as The Mummy in 2004, Ratatouille in 2007 and WALL-E in 2008. They will finally get the big break they needed with the upcoming Fuel, a brand new and original title being published by Codemasters. Can it be the breakout hit the upcoming development studio needed? Find out in this preview of Fuel of the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
In an alternate reality, global warming has dramatically transformed earth. As a result of the uninhabitable environments cause by extreme weather, the human species are scattered in so-called safe zones. Global warming also gave humans some benefits as well, especially those who enjoy extreme racing. You will fight the extreme weather in addition to outracing your competitors in Fuel.
Asobo Studio took four years to build the proprietary engine to run Fuel. The PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 title uses satellite images to create a 14,000 square kilometers play area. Even with some slow down and pop-in, Fuel is a great looking game considering that it is more open than your usual racing title. Not to mention that it also has great environmental details and special effects.
As mentioned before, Fuel is a non-linear, open-world racing game. You can basically drive anywhere you want within the massive 14,000 square kilometers land.
Within the area lies 100,000 miles of roads, tracks and trials. Thanks to global warming, your ride won’t be a smooth one either as you will have to deal with rain, snow, tornadoes and sandstorms. Finally, Fuel will also include a real-time day/night cycle; so when you are playing the game at night, it will reflect that.
In career mode, you will need to compete in over 70 different events including time trials, check point attacks, circuit race and raid (a mode where you won’t get any checkpoints). Of course, the open-world racing game also comes with hundreds of side missions including a hardcore racing mode where you must continuously battle for up to four hours.
To help players navigate in the massive world of Fuel, Asobo Studio included a GPS system in all the two, three and four-wheel vehicles. These devices can be helpful at looking for alternative routes that were tailor made for the vehicle you are driving.
Fuel is certainly an ambitious product from a development team which previously worked on movie-licensed video games. It looks to be shaping up quite nicely, however. You can check the final product out yourself when it comes out in late May for PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.