The legendary studio that brought us the mighty Grand Prix series has resurfaced, although a new entry into the sim racing marketplace might be a little while off just yet...
Anyone with any serious knowledge on the history of virtual motorsports will probably remember Geoff Crammond's MicroProse Grand Prix series of Formula One simulations - games that were very much at the cutting edge of simulated motorsports at a time when realistic racing experiences on home computers were few and far between.
Starting out life with the original F1 Grand Prix back in 1992, the series eventually developed to the point where the final instalment, released under the Grand Prix 4 title in 2002, pretty much defined what was possible in terms of simulating a real world motorsport series on a personal computer.
Unfortunately for fans of the series, MicroProse would find themselves in various business difficulties despite an enviable reputation in the simulation industry, leading to the brand disappearing from the game industry during the following year.
Since 2003, various sales of the MicroProse name and attempted revivals would never really hold any serious threat of returning to group their former glory, until in 2018 Titan IM Pty CEO David Lagettie acquired the company with support of original founding member, Bill Stealey.
Since 2018, Lagettie and Stealey have been rebuilding the studio and have already taken to the internet with various previews of some of their work-in-progress activities - currently focussed on large scale military simulations as was the traditional direction of travel for the original MicroProse organisation.
With much work already having been undertaken by the newly reformed studio to develop their military simulation IP, MicroProse have stated that the team are looking to follow the same path of the 'old' management - leading to speculation about future racing game simulations are on the horizon for the well regarded development team.
With former Grand Prix lynchpin Geoff Crammond synonymous with the Grand Prix series, wouldn't it be nice to see this legendary name return alongside his former employers, and a new sim racing entry for one of the most respected and revered racing simulation franchises we've ever known?
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