Sega have brought to the world some of the greatest and most influential arcade racing games over the past three decades, including OutRun, Daytona USA, Super Hang-On, Sega Rally, and Initial D Arcade Stage.
Today, Sega announced a new arcade racer, officially licensed by and featuring the cars of the Autobacs Super GT Series: SEGA World Drivers Championship! SWDC will allow gamers of all skill levels to drive Super GT’s most prominent and awesome racing machines around a selection of fantasy circuits, including multi-player battles featuring up to 10 players locally, and up to 45 players online!
SWDC is developed by Sega Motorsports Works, and will feature the most state-of-the-art graphics on the Unreal Engine 4, as well as support for up to 45 player online battles by connecting cabinets from different Sega arcades. The new cockpit comes equipped with a paddle shifter as used on the real Super GT cars, as well as a traditional manual gearbox.
Six cars are already confirmed for the game’s first official public tests from July 28-30: The Toyota 86 MC (as fielded by reigning GT300 champions VivaC Team Tsuchiya), the Toyota Prius apr GT, and the Subaru BRZ R&D Sport will represent GT300, alongside the 2017 Lexus LC500 Super GT, the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500, and the Honda NSX-GT from the premier class.
Without any official circuits such as Suzuka, Fuji, or Motegi, drivers will race instead on three fantasy city circuits in a three-stage championship battle.
Avid players can try the game out during its first official public tests at the SEGA Ikebukuro GiGo and SEGA Akihabara Building #1 arcades in Tokyo next weekend – conveniently, falling in-between real life Super GT rounds.