Codemasters is known for making quality racing games, so it’s exciting to learn their newest game, ONRUSH will be coming out later this year.
I’ve been a huge racing fan for as long as I’ve been a gamer. From the good old days of Lego Racers and Hot Wheels to F-Zero, Burnout, Trackmania, Split Second and the more recent RedOut.
But Codemasters’ Grid and Dirt franchises are among my favorites. The steering is precise, and the cars always react the way I want them to, whether I want to expertly drift around a curve and suddenly cut off an opponent.
It’s not surprising at all that I’m oh-so-very-excited for the upcoming ONRUSH.
It’s been a while since I’ve last played a wacky racing game, and ONRUSH looks like it might be able to satisfy this specific craving. With colorful nitrous, breathtaking jumps, and cars crashing into one another in blinding speeds, I’m already looking forward to putting the very detailed damage physics to use.
However, it still isn’t clear what type of racing game this game is going to be. It’s pretty evident that ONRUSH isn’t your typical “race to the finish line” deal, but it’s not open world either.
So far the devs only mentioned a few tidbits about the game, such as referring to the racers as a “stampede” and having said that the crashtags and tombstones are an essential part of the game. Tombstones can maybe act as a mine left behind by destroyed vehicles, but I have no idea what crashtags are for.
From the sound of it, we’re looking at a racing game with plenty of vehicle combat elements, kind of like a wacky version of Burnout.
Okay, now that I’ve finished getting all hyped, let’s talk about the latest news about the game.
First and foremost – we finally got a release date: June 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Players who pre-order the game, which you can already do on the PlayStation store and soon on the Microsoft store, will be able to participate in the closed beta that will take place sometime in May.
ONRUSH will be available in both a standard and deluxe editions. The deluxe package will include eight golden vehicle designs and another eight console exclusive vehicles. There’s also another design called Vortex Buggy. That’s 17 unique designs overall.
You’ll be getting two track tombstones and a deluxe Crashtag, Pretty cool right? Everything in the Deluxe pack is purely aesthetics, which is the right decision after all the Battlefront 2 backlash.
Codemasters has also released new batches of screenshots through social media, which I’ll post at the bottom of the page.
The developer has already stated that all of the pre-release screenshots we’ve seen so far were taken using the in-game camera mode. Seeing as each of those screens is pretty much instant wallpaper material, that’s excellent news.
The team also released an FAQ, stating that the game will not have split-screen multiplayer, wheel support will not be available at launch and that there aren’t any plans for bringing the game to Switch.
They also stated that the game would not have VR support since our stomachs won’t be able to handle that.
A bright light in all of this negativity is that the game will be coming to PC too at a later, unspecified date.
For now – ONRUSH will be blasting its way onto Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 5.