Back in November of 2022, Ian Bell, co-founder of the famed SimBin modding team and later on, SimBin Studios and Slightly Mad Studios announced that he founded a new studio branding named Straight4Games or just plain Straight4.
Ian explained that the studio was recruiting former GTR and GTR2 staff members alongside some very well-known names from the industry, to work on an upcoming sim racing title currently named GTR Revival. Currently, Straight4 Studios and German-Austrian media publisher and distributor PLAION, (formerly known as Koch Media GmbH) have already agreed on a Strategic Partnership as developer and publisher of the upcoming GTR Revival title.
Straight4 Studios now announced that they have reached a strategic partnership agreement with Reiza Studios to work on the upcoming racing sim. This new partnership does not come as a big surprise, as Reiza Studios is already a partner using the powerful MADNESS Game Engine for its brilliant Automobilista 2 racing simulator. It’s clear that Straight4 and Reiza Studios can turn this agreement into a win/win situation for both companies.
Via the official Reiza Studios forum, Reiza CEO Renato Simioni already confirmed that this new agreement will have no impact on the Reiza staff, or the AMS2 development. For all the details check out the official Press Release below.
No impact whatsoever on AMS2 folks, and not much changing in the immediate future. At this point it is just a natural progression from a relationship we already had with Slightly Mad Studios, which has continued with Straight4.
At the time of writing, Straigh4 Studios has not yet revealed a development roadmap for the currently dubbed “GTR Revival” racing title. I will keep you posted when more info becomes available.
STRAIGHT4 STUDIOS AND REIZA STUDIOS
CONFIRM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Munich, FRIDAY, April 19, 2023
Straight4 Studios today announced a strategic partnership with Reiza Studios, makers of classic sim racing titles such as Automobilista and Automobilista 2.
Straight4 Studios features many of the key talents that have shaped sim racing’s heritage for over two decades including AAA-bestsellers such as the GTR series, and the two-time gamescom “Best Simulation” award winner and multi-million-selling Project CARS franchise.
The studios will combine their decades’ worth of experience creating iconic sim racing titles starting with Straight4’s upcoming sim racing title.
“Renato and I have been discussing this possibility for a long time, going back to when they were creating Automobilista 2 using our then-proprietary MADNESS Engine. All of us at Straight4 were enormously impressed with what Renato and his studio were able to create in terms of feel and handling with Automoblista 2. Combining our studios’ talents is exciting news for all of us at Straight4, and I’m really confident this will also be fantastic news for the sim racing industry as a whole,” said IAN BELL, CEO at Straight4
“Ian and I have been talking about this strategic partnership for some time but our studios have always ended up on varying projects at varying times, delaying any kind of decision.
Finally, with Ian and his team working hard on their upcoming game, the time was right for us to join forces. Having seen inside the new project Straight4 is working on made this an easy decision for Reiza to sign up to a project we believe is going to be the next great sim racing title. We’ll have further news on our portfolio of games for our fans in the next few days,” said Renato Simioni, CEO at Reiza Studios.
Straight4’s new and as yet unnamed sim racing title will launch on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox, and will be the spiritual return to the glory days of sim racing’s past, featuring a new, bespoke physics engine, and cutting-edge graphics.
The new game will be published by PLAION.
For more information, please visit STRAIGHT4.com
Official Webpage – straight4.com