THQ have announced the fifth instalment of the MX vs ATV
franchise, titled MX vs. ATV Alive
. The game features "an enhanced physics engine and the most authentic motocross racing experience to date":
Own the competition as you wrestle for position with tightly contested racing in the fifth iteration of the MX vs ATV franchise. Feel the realism of the revolutionary real-world physics engine which has defined the racing genre. Live the sport as Alive captures the spectacle of motocross and the essence of competetive racing while providing the best riders and gear from the latest manufacturers.
• Experience total control of both rider and bike with easier controls as part of the enhanced Rider Reflex
• An advanced real-time deformation continuously changes the track beneath you with every lap
• Wreck-avoidance lets you correct collisions and landings to race like a pro
• Go bar-to-bar with in-your-face motocross racing
• Rider-to-Rider collisions and win/loss conditions through a new bar banging system
THQ have yet to announce the riders, gear, licensors and vehicles that will be available in the game. Players will be able to compete in the Nationals, and work towards claiming the Motocross Championship title, but further events are also yet to be announced.
Here is the announcement trailer for you:
THQ also released five screenshots:
THQ's Executive Vice President of Core Games Danny Bilson had this to say:
With innovative technological advances and an unparalleled variety of content, the MX vs. ATV franchise has always led the pack in the off-road racing genre. This year, MX vs. ATV Alive is bringing fans the features they asked for, along with a robust content distribution strategy that offers a great new way for gamers to specialize their experience.
That "robust content distribution strategy" is part of THQ's plans to reduce the launch price
of games. The publisher has realised that people are more likely to buy a brand new game if it retails at $39.99, rather than the current $59.99 norm. When more people buy the lower priced game, this would allow the publisher to sell "moderately priced" DLC to a larger audience. MX vs ATV Alive
is the first game that will be launched under the new strategy. Players will be able to "pay for only what they want to play".MX vs ATV Alive
is scheduled to be released in May 2011.