Real Racing 2 update for iOS 5: enter split-screen gaming!

I love getting emails from Firemint studios about  its most popular car racing game, Real Racing 2. Yesterday I received one with interesting details on the next update. Due to the iPhone 4S being released – dual-core processor and iOS 5 in tow – the game will be refreshed to take advantage of the new features and software. Better graphics, and more impressively, Party Play split-screen mode could make this the most incredible iOS game ever released. It just shows how close portable games are getting to being full-on console games. If this isn’t a reason to pony up and buy an Apple TV, I don’t know what is.

Email detailed below: 

Firemint is once again bridging the gap between mobile and home entertainment with the release of the next major Real Racing 2 and Real racing 2 HD update, just in time for the launch of iOS 5. v1.12 delivers full 720p AirPlay support with the brand new Party Play mode, while stepping it up a notch in the visuals department by fully utilizing the power of the A5 processor.


Real Racing 2 & Real Racing 2 HD feature list for the iOS 5 update (features only available on iPhone 4S & iPad 2):

AirPlay features

  • Real Racing 2 (iPhone 4S) and Real Racing 2 HD (iPad 2) streamed to HD TV over AirPlay
  • Completely wireless. The most liberating and immersive racing experience ever
  • Full screen, totally borderless display with stunning upgraded 3D graphics
  • Take advantage of dual screens with real-time racing telemetry on your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S

Party Play features

  • Split screen local multiplayer over AirPlay, known as “Party Play” — for 2 to 4 players
  • iPhone 4S or iPad 2 acts as host, all other iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch devices can join

Visual upgrades

  • Car interiors feature real-time dynamic shadows and specular lighting
  • Normal mapping applied to car interior, some car exteriors and driver arms for improved lighting and detail
  • Some cars have been upgraded, with an average 4x increase in polygon count, details such as front grills, door handles and seams are all modelled in
  • Improved reflections on all cars
  • Enhanced road lighting with normal and specular maps to highlight details that were previously indistinguishable
  • Improved building window reflections
  • HDR like exposure effects providing dynamic range adjustments when in shadows or looking at the sun.

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