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EA to Ressurect Road Rash?

Andrew Williams


EA to Resurrect Road Rash?

EA may be planning on scraping the remains of its classic bike racer series Road Rash off the tarmac for a current-gen revival. Also primed for the remake treatment is helicopter action game Desert Strike.

Speaking to gaming industry publication CVG at the Gamescom expo in Germany, EA's Frank Gibeau hinted that some old EA franchises may be due for a re-launch, saying "we do have a couple of old franchises that we're looking at right now... reimagining them and bringing them back."

Road Rash

The original Road Rash - beautiful, isn't it?

Classic bike racer/brawler Road Rash and Desert Strike were given a particular mention. Gibeau said that they pose a special challenge - "We can't just put them on new tech with the same gameplay from ten years ago, we've got to have something new. That's the typical challenge that we have." This, of course, hints that these are the exact kind of challenges being faced by EA's team right now.

We can understand what he means. Fire up the 1992 Road Rash on your dusty old Mega Drive or an emulator and you'll find it not only desperately primitive visually, but all-too simplistic to boot. Button mashing won't cut it for today's gamers. That said, it's a series that we're sure will spark off great gaming memories for many of you. Us too.

Road Rash 3DO

Perhaps the height of the series - the 3DO edition from 1994

EA's current line-up for the rest of 2011 and 2012 is dominated by sequels - Need for Speed The Run, Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 being top titles - and while a new Road Rash game isn't exactly new IP, we'd welcome the return of a series we've not seen for a while. A current-gen Road Rash title was referenced by an EA representative back in late 2009, but in the almost two years since, those whisperings have gone quiet.

Are there any 90s gaming franchises you'd like to see dredged-up for a current console refresh? Drop us your suggestions in the comments below

via CVG

Hamish Campbell

August 18, 2011, 5:59 pm

I don't remember the name, see if anyone else does:

Starts with 'S' (I'm pretty sure)

Basically an ice hocky game, without the ice or sticks.
Set in the future.
Players have armour on, helmets etc,
You get the ball by punching the opponent down or slide tackling them.
Throw the ball to your teammates and then in a little goal.
Can get powerups or similar, one where the ball, when thrown, will knock down opponents.
Top down view.
Buy players to improve your team.

Come on someone must know it.

I loved that. Would love a new version.


August 18, 2011, 7:24 pm

Just update the GFX on desert Strike, it doesnt need to be turned all 3D just update it.

Same for Cannon Fodder, and Syndicate


August 18, 2011, 10:23 pm

Speedball 2 by any chance?

Ricky Archer

August 18, 2011, 10:32 pm

The original Theme Park, best of the series. Ayrton Senna's Grand Prix. Xtreme Games


August 19, 2011, 3:53 am

Yes, that definitely sounds like Speedball 2. If you're lucky/misfortunate enough to own a Mac or iPad, you can download an updated version for these systems:

If you also own a USB Competition Pro Joystick, you can even use it with the Mac version for more nostalgic kicks.

Talking of 90s gaming franchises, I'd love to see the great Snes/Megadrive JRPGs (like Phantasy Star & Final Fantasy) get re-released with 1080P support on the PC. Or some of the great Amiga games re-released, like Turrican 2, SWIV, Xenon 2, Hired Guns, Damocles, Eye of the Beholder, SWOS etc etc (I did enjoy my Amiga back in the early 90s :) )

Hamish Campbell

August 19, 2011, 2:07 pm

Speedball2, sweet, thanks guys.

I do have a mac, will have to try out the new version and get the kids hooked :) Cheers


August 19, 2011, 2:11 pm

Eye of the Beholder and Lands of Lore on iOS? Yes please. No fancy updates, just some UI tweaking.

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