In an interview with Eurogamer, Gareth Wilson, Bizarre Creation’s lead designer on new racer Blur, has said that online leaderboards are a bit of a red herring and that he doesn’t think many people care about being number one in the world.
“I think the whole leaderboard thing is a bit of a red herring,” he said. “I don’t think the majority of people really care that much about being number one in the world. Don’t get me wrong, we’re still going to have leaderboards of who’s the best on certain tracks.
“But PGR3 was a good example of this, you could download the world’s best ghost, and you could race against it and at the first corner, it’s gone. Mere mortals such as me couldn’t keep up with that sort of thing.”
How will this be rectified in Blur? Read on.
“What’s going to be much more interesting is in time attack, if you’re in my friends list and you do a best lap, the social network will inform me that you’ve just done a fastest lap on this particular track,” explains Wilson.
“You can send that ghost to me and go, beat that bitch, and then I’ll race it, and then I’m actually playing against someone, probably of comparable difficulty who I’ll actually care about beating.
“You can start trading lap times, and you can have a great big leaderboard of all your friends, all with ghosts that you can play against. You can actually go and select all the people that you want to race against even though they’re not online. That’s so much more inclusive than just downloading the world’s best ghost.”
Full interview through the link.