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Lesquin, France, July 6, 2020 – June was an intense month for players of TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2! The motorcycle sim was the arena for a race between riders of the official competition and a tournament between PlayStation®4 and PC players. Here’s a summary of the virtual competitions that were held in place of the 2020 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, which was cancelled because of Covid-19.
The first competition was held from June 2 to 6 and featured eight teams of official riders and players competing as part of the “TT Lock-in”, the entertainment programme organised by the government of Isle of Man. Davey Todd, a consultant on TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2, won with a time of 15:44.
Julien Toniutti, another consultant on the game, said: “I’m really happy I was selected for the Virtual TT 2020. It was great for many reasons. First of all, because after sessions with the developers at KT Racing in 2018 and 2019 and a press conference in 2020, the Virtual TT gave me the chance to see and experience the TT2 project from start to finish. Secondly, thanks to the Virtual TT, I achieved my best finish at the Tourist Trophy (6th place). And I must say that my teammate got the best time of everyone, which helps! Finally, with three falls suffered during my lap, it’s nice to see that I don’t have a scratch on me, which is impossible during the real Tourist Trophy. Therefore, TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 is the best simulator for training for the real Tourist Trophy.”
The second competition was held between June 13 and 29. This was reserved for players of TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 from all over the world and featured nearly 700 participants across three rounds. By setting a record time in the two first stages, Dennis K. was the firm favorite, but he finished in third place in the final standings. This unfortunate under-performance was because of an injury suffered just a few hours before the final stage.
The final was as tight as it gets with a mere 3.4 second gap between the top two riders after 1 hour 28 minutes of racing. Samuel, a 31-year-old Spanish player and motorcyclist for 15 years, just missed out on the top spot but still achieved a remarkable second place.
First place went to Ludvig, a 22-year-old Swedish player, with a time of 1:28.56. He said: “Congratulations to all participants, who never stopped pushing themselves to the limit and sharing tips. I could never have won with that.” A motocross fan and motorcycle rider, he likes to follow the Tourist Trophy on the screen. He will now be able to experience the event live thanks to the grand prize: a trip for two to the 2021 Tourist Trophy! The second and third place finalists won a Limited-Edition TT 2020 Arai helmet and an RST merchandise pack respectively.
Watch a recap of the competition on the game’s official Facebook page.
TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 is a racing simulation that recreates the official and iconic Tourist Trophy competition. The route and Isle of Man environment has been accurately modelled to make the game experience as authentic as possible. In this new edition, KT Racing has also rebuilt the physics from the ground up to create an ultra-realistic riding experience.
TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC.
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Created in 2006, Kylotonn is one the most important French video game development studios, also known under KT Racing label. Specialized in motorsports and official developer of the WRC FIA World Rally Championship series and Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, the company is internationally recognized for its know-how and for the passion of its teams. With more than 100 employees as of today in Paris and Lyon, Kylotonn has developed more than 25 titles distributed by major publishers. Kylotonn has forged itself a strong technological expertise thanks to the real-time 3D engine KT Engine that the company owns. At the forefront of the video game industry, this technology is also used within R&D partnerships on autonomous vehicle projects in the automotive industry. Since 2018, Bigben Interactive, one of Europe’s leading video game publishers, holds a 100% stake in the company. Kylotonn is member of the French National Developers Federation (Syndicat National du Jeu Vidéo) and Capital Games. The company is supported by BPI, IFCIC and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.