Ratbag produces Outlaws Sprint Car racing game

ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA (October 2) -- Award-winning video games producer Ratbag has signed a three-year exclusive deal with the World of Outlaws for the production of a series of sprint car racing computer games. The deal teams one of...

ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA (October 2) -- Award-winning video games producer Ratbag has signed a three-year exclusive deal with the World of Outlaws for the production of a series of sprint car racing computer games. The deal teams one of the United States' most popular auto racing series with the company widely regarded as the most dynamic and realistic racing games producer. Ratbag has been given sole rights to the World of Outlaws branding under the agreement. In October, Ratbag's latest production Dirt Track Racing Sprint Cars-already being hailed as the must-buy racing game of the year - will be released onto the US market. DTR Sprint Cars is a sequel to the hugely successful Dirt Track Racing, and for the first time captures on PC the break-neck speeds and spectacular collisions of the sport. Advanced orders have been extremely high. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series is the world's premier sprint car racing series. Its fire-breathing, mudslinging sprint cars race at speeds up to 160 m.p.h. Ted Johnson, the series' founder and president, is pleased to be working with Ratbag. "Ratbag has demonstrated it is a leader in producing extremely life-like motor racing games and is best qualified to deliver the thrill and excitement of sprint car racing to PC gamers," Johnson said. Ratbag, one of Australia's most successful games producers, is currently developing a sprint car game for release on Sony Playstation 2 in the third quarter of 2001. The company's titles are driven by a proprietary Difference Engine, an extremely fast graphics engine that allows unprecedented realism. DTR and Powerslide, Ratbag's first production released in 1998, have both been awarded racing game of the year by sections of the gaming media. Ratbag chief executive officer Mr Greg Siegele said the initial contract with World of Outlaws lasts until 2003. "Sprint car racing is an exhilarating, adrenaline-pumping sport, and Ratbag is best equipped to deliver the experience to video gamers," he said. "When people think of sprint car racing, we want them to associate it with Ratbag. We're looking forward to a long-term association with the World of Outlaws." Ratbag further demonstrated its commitment to the sport by sponsoring Tyler Walker in the #10 Maxim during the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' CHANNELLOCK Challenge event at Bristol Motor Speedway in June. "Winning the CHANNELLOCK Dash at our first event in the Ratbag car proved we are serious about sprint car racing," Siegele said. "It was great to see the Ratbag 'young-gun' win against the world's best." WoO

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Series Automotive , General , World of Outlaws
Drivers Tyler Walker