The world of racing games is a big one, with new titles being released every year. While many racing games aim to put players behind the wheel of expensive cars, Swedish developers Zordix AB aims to give players a different racing experience in the form of Aqua Moto Racing Utopia, a new entry in the Aqua Moto Racing series that puts players through the paces of water races both big and small, all while completing incredible stunts along the way.
We got the chance to speak to Matti Larsson, Zordix CEO, at this past Game Developers Conference, where the company showed off the game on both consoles and PC. Speaking to the game’s design and the inspiration behind it, Larsson revealed that Utopia was actually inspired by big console titles of the past, such as Wave Race 64. "We've been into extreme sports racing, snowmobiles, small ATVs, jet skis, in our region...that's what people do there," Larsson said. "So it's natural for us to revive this genre and to do it as best as possible."
In Aqua Moto Racing Utopia, players are not only able to earn digital achievements, but physical ones as well. Every week, a new challenge appears in the game and players have one chance per day to go out and perform their best times on the track. The winner of these weekly challenges will receive an actual gold medal in the mail, proclaiming them the best racer of the week.
In terms of options, Aqua Moto Racing has tons, aiming to be one of the most accurate simulations of its kind. "We have 44 different jetskis, you have both the jet skis that you stand on, and the roundabouts that you sit on,” said Larsson. “So, it's the biggest simulation ever of this watersport.” The game also incorporates real-life publications such as Pro Rider Watercraft Magazine to partner with real-life riders in an effort to add to Utopia’s realism. "Together with them, we're doing a lot with the riders of the sport,” said Larsson. According to the developers, the game will mimic real-life locations, including locations in Venice, China, and tropical islands across the world. In all, Utopia features 50 races, so players should be able to find a location they love no matter what type of race they’re looking for.
The realism aspect of Aqua Moto Racing Utopia is something Zordix is striving heavily for, and the company has even managed to secure partnership with one of the top racers in the world, 20-year old Aquabike World Champion Emma-Nellie Ortendahl, to have her and other racers appear in the game. This subtle inclusion will make players feel even more immersed, giving them the feel that they’re playing against actual racers. Aqua Moto Racing Utopia is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, and PC, and Zordix plans to continue updating the game with various challenges through the following months, with the hope being that gamers across any platform will be able to pick up and experience the fun fo water races.