TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 3 simulates the infamous Isle of Man TT road races and centres its open-world elements around the 37.73-mile Snaefell Mountain Circuit.
Although the game features online multiplayer modes for up to eight players – including an official TT Esports competition and private lobbies – gamers can only play locally with friends via the offline ‘hot seat’ multiplayer mode, which isn’t ideal on a circuit where a lap takes nearly 20 minutes to complete.
“We don’t have the split-screen multiplayer because the track is so long that charging [loading] the map and having two riders at the same time on that kind of track would be just crazy for developers – so the best of the experience is online with up to 8 players,” stated TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 3 publisher Nacon.
Essentially, because the Snaefell Mountain Course is so long and detailed –including the 200km of interlinked thoroughfares comprising its Open Roads feature – that the developers couldn’t make it work well enough for two separate players.
It’s a shame, but quite understandable, and hopefully, something RaceWard Studio can rectify in forthcoming Isle of Man TT games.
Those with long memories will recall the PlayStation 2 TT Superbikes: Real Road Racing games featured a two-player split-screen mode, although there were significant compromises to the draw distance and overall graphical fidelity.
Would you have loved a two-player split-screen mode in TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 3, or are the online multiplayer modes enough? Let us know in the comments below.