What’s up with Joy Ride? Microsoft goes cryptic

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Joy Ride is one of those games we’ve seen a few glimpses of here and there, but none of its appearances have ever been substantial. Even so, the concept of a free-to-play arcade-style racer that is supported through microtransactions and allows you to use your Xbox Avatar always seemed like a good one.

This Xbox LIVE Arcade game was originally set for a 2009 release until it was decided a delay would be worth pursuing. Here we are in 2010, and Joy Ride is nowhere in sight. Hell, you can’t even find anything about it on Xbox.com now.

Joystiq asked a Microsoft representative what the deal was, and this was the response: “We’re excited to bring BigPark’s vision to life in 2010. However, we have nothing further to announce at this time.”

Huh. So, I have to imagine this means Joy Ride — since we last saw it, anyway — has radically changed. Why else would they go through so much trouble to delete its presence on Xbox.com? Maybe if we are lucky, we’ll find out more at E3.

Joy Ride MIA, but Microsoft insists ‘BigPark’s vision’ will come to life in 2010 [Joystiq]


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