Yesterday (May 21, 2019), Codemasters unexpectedly dropped the reveal trailer for the brand-new reboot of GRID. This reveal trailer was in complete CGI, and no gameplay details were provided in text form either. This seemed to indicate that a first real look at the game would be provided at E3 in the next few weeks but turns out that isn’t the case at all.
A surprising start
In a rather strange turn of events, the first official gameplay video of the new GRID has been uploaded; yet again it’s thanks to IGN. It seems that they’ve been chosen as the publication that gets exclusive early access to the game.
The four-minute video shows off two races. The first clip shows off a set of retro racers speeding and bashing through a course in San Fransisco with the main car being a vintage Ford Mustang. The second clip (which is far shorter) briefly shows off more modern vehicles racing through Shanghai, with the main vehicle this time being a Porsche 911.
The results of all that time in the body shop
A huge “work in progress” banner stays plastered on-screen throughout the video, reminding us that the game isn’t done just yet. It’s unclear which version of the game this footage is representative of. Nevertheless, the visuals are clearly leaps-and-bounds better than the last entry in the series, which was 2014’s GRID Autosport.
If you want to gawk at the new details even more, then there’s also a healthy amount of in-game screenshots that have also been released—seventeen in all. Since they’re screenshots, the quality bump is much more obvious to see since there’s no video compression like with the gameplay video. Considering that the new GRID is running on current-generation platforms, it isn’t surprising how much further Codemasters has been able to crank up the visual fidelity.
GRID will be speeding its way onto PC, PS4, and Xbox One on September 13, 2019.