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Race in the Rookies Cup in the MotoGP videogame

Race in the Rookies Cup in the MotoGP videogame

We catch up with the lead game designer to learn how they accurately recreated the experience of riding in the Rookies Cup on your TV...

The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup is coming to consoles as a DLC pack for this year’s official MotoGP videogame. Developer Milestone has been hard at work with a bumper update for MotoGP 15, which adds the 125cc Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup to many of the game’s modes including likenesses, liveries and all.

You can grab the update now – it’s free if you have a MotoGP 15 Season Pass – but to find out more about what to expect from the digital recreation of the Rookies Cup, we caught up with lead designer Luca Simonotti to talk about bikes and how they brought tomorrow’s top riders to life in the game:

When does work start on the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup? Is it as soon as the game hits shelves?

We have started to work on this DLC before the end of the game and we have involved a lot of people in the development for at least three months. The development of the DLC begins with the design department: designers have to think about how the Rookies Cup has to be structured into the game, starting from the physics – close to Moto3, but tailored to the real Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup – to the menus and the systems that manage the bikes and riders’ behaviour. Then our services department collects all the references such as suits, liveries and so on in order to include them into the game. After this first phase all the other departments are involved such as graphics, artists, programming and R&D.

How do you evaluate all the young riders for their abilities and appearance? Do you get any of them into the studio to scan or test drive at all?

The system that manages the rider and bike behaviour is very complex. We carefully monitor the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup tests, GPs and so on, in order to collect all the data that we used in the game. Also, we need the visual reference of each rider in the championship, his bike, his team, his sponsors. This is a huge amount of work. As far as concerns the Rookies Cup (but also for all bike categories in the game) we directly went on the track to take all the necessary materials for production. Some rider came to visit us in order to give us feedback on the physics.

This isn’t the first time the Rookie’s Cup has been included in the MotoGP game – can you tell us about the reaction to last year’s DLC?

This DLC is much appreciated by users because it gives to them the chance to live MotoGP at its best by using not only the most famous riders of the world but also riders from another category. It is also one of the rosters that give the players the possibility to know and meet the young hopefuls of tomorrow's MotoGP. Let's face it: the riders of the Rookies Cup many are really strong, and they could probably give, in a not too distant future, the MotoGP champions of today a hard time.

What sets the Rookie Cup class apart from, say, Moto3? Is it just the speed of the bikes? Do they handle differently too?

Our aim always is to reach the maximum simulation level possible. Of course the behaviour of the KTM RC 250 R reflects exactly the real one, and it’s quite different in terms of performance and speed from Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP. We want to recreate the appeal of the Rookies Cup championship and offer the players the chance to experience the debuts of some of the riders likely to become some of the greatest riders ever.

What have you included to make it as authentic as possible?

We’ve focused our efforts on the production of bikes and riders of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup but this is just the beginning. The player can use them in quick race, time attack and championship offline and online so, for example, he can replicate the entire Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Championship, with the official riders or with the custom one. Imagine using your virtual alter ego against these fast kids!


To watch the full trailer for the MotoGP 15 official video game and see a full list of features and game modes, click here.


RookiesCup, 2015

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