Kylotonn’s TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 2 proved to be an immersive experience back when it was released in 2020, bringing the most accurate rendition of the 37.73-mile Snaefell course to life on PC and consoles.
And today (25th November 2022), the game’s much-anticipated third instalment has broken cover, and it is set to be fulfilled by Italian developer RaceWard Studio, in a surprising move away from Kylotonn. Publishing duties will once again be taken up by Nacon.
Recently purchased by Nacon to form part of a development collective named Nacon Studio Milan, RaceWard Studio has only produced one game, the simulation-heavy motorcycle title RiMS Racing.
RiMS Racing has a deep focus on its scant motorcycle roster, with intense attention paid to its parts swapping processes. But it suffered from poor AI and lacklustre graphics optimisation. In our review, we said that “potential is here for a game that is not just different, but enjoyable too”.
Kylotonn’s involvement with virtual TT gaming has not ceased completely, however, as RaceWard announced that TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 3 would use the French firm’s proprietary KT Engine. And judging from the early teaser footage the game is set to retain its excellent sensation of speed.
Other games to use the KT Engine include WRC Generations, V-Rally 4, FIA European Truck Racing Championship and the previous two iterations of TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge.
The short 15s clip also showed a Milenco liveried Padgetts Honda Fireblade as ridden by Davey Todd in this year’s Isle of Man TT road races, indicating that 2022’s Road Racing riders and teams will be present in the finished game.
The game is set to feature 32 different circuits, including current and historical courses, plus nearly 40 Superbike and Supersport motorbikes and riders. An “Open Roads” mode will allow free-roam around the streets of the Isle of Man.
TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 3 is slated for release in May 2023 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch.
“After the great feedback we received about RiMS Racing, we are delighted to have applied all our expertise into this incredible race,” said Marco Ponte, CEO and Creative Director at RaceWard Studio.
“For a team of developers with such passion for motorcycling, it makes us immensely proud to make the official game that recreates this legendary race for motorbike fans around the world.”
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TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 3 release date