BAJA: Edge of Control HD Set for August Release, PC Version Rumored

While most gamers will have their eyes focused on the remastered version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which drops today after previously being an Infinite Warfare bundle exclusive for several months, there’s a remaster of a different sorts turning heads within the sim racing community. A 4K re-release of BAJA: Edge of Control, 2XL’s criminally underrated classic, was announced earlier this year for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but only now have we gotten word of a release date from THQ Nordic. According to an international GameStop website, the desert racing quasi-sim will be in our hands on August 29th, bringing some much-needed variety to the console gaming landscape which has seen nothing but arcade racers and car collecting simulators since their introduction to the market in late 2013.

Built solely for fans of SCORE International Off-Road racing events, and making virtually no attempts to ease outsiders into the experience, Edge of Control was the previous console generation’s equivalent to Richard Burns Rally. Though the game certainly won’t be for everybody, as desert truck racing is a discipline confined to just a small portion of the western United States, it will be nice to have a break from the yearly tarmac-focused titles that are pushed out like clockwork. It’s also probably the smartest move THQ Nordic could have made from a financial standpoint; the renewed interest in hardcore simulators thanks to DiRT Rally and Project CARS being pushed into the spotlight could see Edge of Control perform moderately well in the market, compared to when it first launched amidst the Call of Duty craze during the fall of 2008 and was promptly ignored for a virtual trip to the Pacific Theater.

Along with the alleged release date being leaked through GameStop, there are also hints that THQ Nordic plan to bring the game to the PC as well. Baja’s own Wikipedia page states that Edge of Control: HD will also be arriving on the Windows 10 operating system, with Amazon pages also listing the yet-to-be-announced Microsoft Windows variant at $29.99. This could be a game-changer for Edge of Control’s lifespan, as while the vanilla game is hard to find fault with, pad-friendly design choices such as the lack of cockpit view and the ability to control your vehicle’s trajectory could be ironed out by dedicated modders in pursuit of an even more demanding gameplay experience, resulting in the pinnacle of trophy truck simulators.

All eyes will be on THQ Nordic for this release, as while Baja: Edge of Control was a cult classic universally adored by everyone who dared to stray from the Call of Duty craze for just a moment – and it’ll be certainly hard to mess up – the team haven’t exactly been on good terms with their core audience. MX vs. ATV Supercross, Nordic’s first major release (and subsequent remaster for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC), was seen as a total dud by the motocross gaming community due to poor framerate and lousy overall riding physics, causing many to abandon the team’s efforts in favor of Milestone’s MXGP 3. If Nordic can avoid these previous problems with Edge of Control HD, we’ll be looking at a stellar off-road racer with fantastic pick up and play multiplayer capabilities, but if the same remastering flaws found in Supercross surface once again, it’ll be time to ask some serious questions about what’s going on at THQ Nordic.

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10 thoughts on “BAJA: Edge of Control HD Set for August Release, PC Version Rumored

  1. What do weird perverts and Moslem terrorists have in common?

    They’re both a cherished part of Canada’s rich tapestry.

    Sunday was the holy day Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan. It was also a day of sexual diversity and pride for Canadians, being the day of Gay Pride. Canada’s great leader Justin Trudeau marched with the gay community in Toronto, wishing everyone a good end to Ramadan and happy Pride Day.

    The Star:

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led thousands of revellers under a rain of glitter and colour at the Toronto’s Pride parade Sunday. This year’s march, which had a theme of inclusivity, had two conspicuous absences through most of the afternoon: uniformed police and Black Lives Matter (BLM), the activist group that disrupted last year’s march.

    BLM did show up toward the end of the parade, despite not being officially registered. Protesters chanted “Black Lives Matter” in all-black outfits as they raised their fists in the air near Yonge and College Sts., the same place where the group held up the parade last year.

    Tweets from BLM organizers said this year’s Pride parade was more inclusive and accessible because of their activism.

    Fags, Moslems and Blacks. I cant think of a better way to use my tax dollars or a better reason to close major roads than such a family-friendly event as this.

    On top of Trudeau marching, First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde walked in the front of the parade as well, once again showing the vibrant diversity of Canada

    I am proud to have such a tolerant and accepting leader for my country. After all, if your leader wont even bring his family to a parade filled with gays and Blacks – or even gay Blacks – what kind of a sad country are you living in?

    This is just the first step the Canadian Government must take to repent for our past sins against the gays, like the Fag Purges during the cold war.

    Trudeau in his Gay Islam socks.

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  2. Has there ever been a racing game released on console and PC simultaneously that didn’t suck? Only one I can think of is RBR.

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  3. Prediction: A possible HD Remake will be a shitty game no one cares about in the same vein as the NASCAR Heat abomination.

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