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FUEL has largest playable environment in a console game ever


10:4522/05/2009Posted by David ScammellOne Comment

It doesn’t get much bigger than this, well, when it comes to console games, it doesn’t get any bigger than this. Guinness World Records has certified upcoming open-world racer FUEL as officially having the largest playable environment in a console game ever.

FUEL’s 5,560 sq mi (14,400 km²) playable environment is, as Codemasters reminds us, larger than Hong Kong, Singapore, St Lucia and the Isle of Man put together, and to drive from one end of the map to another is said to take over three hours straight. That’s BIG.

“We’ve been very impressed with the technology powering FUEL, and I’m pleased to welcome Asobo and Codemasters into the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition,” said Gaz Deaves, Video Games Records Manager for Guinness World Records, “What we’ve seen from FUEL places it right at the cutting edge of the open-world racing genre and really raises the bar for games developers in the future.”

“We knew FUEL was going to be big,” said Phil Wright, Producer at Codemasters, “but to have this confirmed officially by Guinness World Records justifies our faith in this ground-breaking title. No other game comes close to offering the variety of environments, the range of vehicles or the sheer size of FUEL. It’s one of the most innovative racers ever, and we’re thrilled it’s been recognised as the biggest console game of all time.”

FUEL takes place in an alternate present where global warming has turned large parts of America into no-go areas ravaged by floods, storms, tornadoes and bush fires. Which naturally means you want to race across it in buggies and the like.

The game is currently in development at Asobo Studio, the French developers behind the Wall E and Ratatouille video game tie-ins, and due to release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on June 5th. A Games For Windows version is set to follow later in the year.

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