Rockstar has just announced a PlayStation Portable version of Midnight Club: Los Angeles, titled Midnight Club: Los Angeles Remix, along with the release date for both remix and the console counterpart. What's really shocking is that Rockstar Leeds, the portable studio of Rockstar, is not making the PSP version of the game. Instead, Rockstar London, developer of Manhunt 2, will be developing the remix version. It's unknown at the time what will be cut (if anything) from the portable version of MC:LA. Here is the press release. We have put the important text in bold.
New York, NY – April 21, 2008 – Rockstar Games is proud to announce the fourth installment of its critically-acclaimed and genre-defining Midnight Club franchise, Midnight Club: Los Angeles, is set for release on September 9th in North America and September 12th in Europe. Developed by series creator Rockstar San Diego, Midnight Club: Los Angeles will give gamers the unprecedented freedom to race through a hyper-realistic LA.
"From the beginning, Midnight Club has been about street racing in a open-world," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "With our team at Rockstar San Diego we have developed a game that we feel once again pushes the boundaries and expectations of what a racing game can be."
Whether driving by the beach or beating the competition by cutting through a parking garage at 200 mph, Midnight Club: Los Angeles provides a seamless, breathtaking environment for everyone who loves to compete. With no load times, no tracks, and no rules, the game allows players to race who they want, when they want, and where they want in an unbelievable recreation of Los Angeles.
"People are going to be blown away when they see how true-to-life Los Angeles looks in this game," said Jay Panek, Midnight Club Producer Rockstar San Diego. "We've added some great twists and turns that let players experience the authentic vibe and feel of the city at blistering speeds that you simply couldn't get away with in real life."
A racing game is nothing without the great cars and Midnight Club: Los Angeles allows extensive customization of vehicles for both performance and appearance. Players can now fully personalize their officially licensed imports, tuners, classic muscle cars and motorcycles both inside and out with a dizzying array of licensed rims, spoilers, interior gauges, tires and more.
Also scheduled for release on September 9th, Midnight Club: LA Remix for the PSP® system will provide another incredible portable racing experience. Developed by Rockstar London, the game will take full advantage of the hardware to deliver the unrivaled sense of speed and style that the best-selling Midnight Club series is known for.
For more information about Midnight Club, please visit our website at http://www.rockstargames.com/midnightclubla.
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Along with the new announcements, 6 new screens of the console version have been released.
We can't wait for the 9th of September to get here!
Press Release: Rockstar Games announces release date for Midnight Club: Los Angeles on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system along with Midnight Club: LA Remix for the PSP®