Modders Restore Cockpit Views For GRID 2
One of the best things about Codemasters’ 2008 racing game GRID is the optional cockpit view. While the game also provided behind-the-vehicle, bonnet, and bumper views, the interior view, combined with the steering wheel controller, treated players to a visceral replication of actually driving a race car. And really, what’s cooler than driving a race car, right?
Unfortunately, Codemasters determined it just wasn’t worth it to include the option in the just-released sequel GRID 2. Data collected from focus groups as well as internal research showed that only five percent of players ever used cockpit view in GRID. Further, as Executive Producer Clive Moody explained at length last fall, creating the cockpit view was an expensive, resource-intensive undertaking. The high-resolution interior textures (which are seen close-up) were unique to every model of car, and each one required a considerable amount of in-game memory both to store and to process.
That makes sense from a developer standpoint, but cockpit view is still really cool, and it’s a shame to see it gone. Luckily, fans of GRID 2 from the RaceDepartment forums are hard at work restoring the feature with a mod originally designed as a camera hack for the first GRID, which takes advantage of the fact that GRID 2 uses an updated version of the EGO engine used for GRID.
The camera hack, known simply as the GRID Modder’s Camera, allowed modders to take screenshots of their vehicles and their livery settings from angles that weren’t otherwise available in the game by default. Here in GRID 2, the mod works very much the same way but with the added bonus of also allowing modders to play the game from a first-person cockpit view.
So far, its use in GRID 2 isn’t very pretty. GRID 2 retains vehicle interiors despite not offering a camera viewpoint for it, but they have low resolution textures and the mod can’t yet do anything about that. The mod makes use of the original BMW camera file with all the cameras enabled for the player to cycle through while driving. Essentially, this allows you to now utilize those views while recording a video with the game’s built-in Replay Mode or just taking some screenshots.
In addition to the cockpit view, modders have even managed to get the game running with the head-tracking camera, TrackIR 5, as seen in the two videos below:
If you’re interested in playing with the mod, you can grab it directly from this address.