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Demolition Derby Heading to GRID 2, Hardcore Playlist, Increased Level Cap, and More

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Posted on July 26, 2013 AT 06:47am

Codemasters has announced two new patches for GRID 2, the first is a major community patch which will fix several issues that players have had with the game, and the second sees the return of GRID fan favorite Demolition Derby.

The community patch is expected to be released in August, but a more specific release date will be revealed at a later time. The patch makes the following additions and changes:

Custom Playlist

We want to make the Custom Playlist a more worthwhile experience and as such we’ve made a change that increases the amount of experience and money you get for participating.

This will ensure that you are no longer penalized for wanting to opt out of the Online Playlists and you’ll now be able to race the way you want to race, with no hindrance to your online progression.

We’ll be keeping an eye on how it goes and if needed we’ll validate it with yourselves and adjust further should it be deemed necessary.

Hardcore Playlist

We’ve heard your feedback regarding the online playlists and once the patch hits there’ll be an additional playlist for you to select.

Called ‘Hardcore’, this playlist will remove the use of flashbacks and turn on full mechanical damage. It will also prioritize race events around circuits. Think you’re an elite racer? Go hardcore and prove it.

Level Cap

If you’ve hit level 30 online you’ll be pleased to know that we’re now giving you the ability to progress even further. The online level cap will be raised to 99…good luck!

Fastest Lap Times

The addition of fastest lap times is something we’ve heard come up again and again and as a result we’re pleased to confirm that they will now display at the end of an event on the race results screen while playing online.

New Liveries

We’ve loved seeing what you’ve created so far with your custom liveries and you’ll soon have access to a host of new designs, including some of the AI designs from single player.

Maximum Laps

We’ve heard a lot of feedback, especially from Clubs and Leagues, about the maximum number of laps you can set in a race. As a result we’ve increased the maximum from 5 up to 10. For those of you who want longer races we recommend using the Endurance game mode.

Veto Weighting

Previously if you wanted to veto an event type or location it turned out it was difficult to get a passing vote. We’ve made some changes to the system so that vetos are now much fairer and only require 51% of the lobby to make the vote for a change to occur.

Voice Option

As requested, you can now mute your own microphone.

Country Flags

We know many of you enjoyed this feature in the original GRID and we’re pleased to confirm it will make a return. A player’s country flag will now be displayed next to their name plate while racing and on the event results screen.

Clean Race Bonus

The amount of money rewarded for racing clean has been increased.

Skip the Level up Graphic

We understand that not everyone wants to watch the ‘level up box’ at the end of each race and you’ll now be able to skip this at the press of a button.

Anti-Cheat

We’ve also made some changes to our anti-cheat system and while we won’t go into detail about how we’ve approached these changes, what we will say is that we’re hopeful the leaderboards within the game will now be free of those who have to use illegitimate means to succeed.

The second patch will add Demolition Derby to the game, which was oddly missing with the release of the sequel. There’s no release date for this patch as Codemasters has only just decided to add it, but it will be free for everyone to download once it is ready.

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