a week ago
Welp, a rather boring & pointless lengthy input from me, but I'll make it nonetheless. Obviously unrelated to the topic since this is an old UTH for an arguably inferior car list to the original, but...
You say that, yet this is the same development team (give or take a few GHOST employees and the input of Stellar Entertainment notwithstanding) that delivered HPR!
I do believe there was a point at which it was claimed that Rivals would in fact be the last "cannonball" as opposed to "chav" game (though I prefer "HP" and "UG" respectively) and yet here we are... Admittedly, HPR is only a remaster, and a very subtle one at that; so it could be legitimately argued that the HP genre is dead.
However the conscious choice to resurrect HP2010, regardless of how profit-motivated of a move it may be, is evidence that the HP genre will live on and still has some value! For an NFS fan (and a BlackBox one at that) I'm incredibly cynical, but even I'd like to think that there's some small hope to be had here.
That said, I do have some sympathy though and would also enjoy a return to a simpler time of racing with no weapons/equipment/pursuit tech/auxiliary parts and damage bars or obnoxious storylines.
I can only hope a new studio name is enough to move on from the "attempts" at NFS made by GHOST. Even if a mere rebrand proves insufficient, I sincerely hope the next installment will at least be a change of pace.