MotorStorm: Apocalypse's Game Director Reckons The Racing Genre's Stuck In A Rut.

"The racing genre has had a disappointing few years," Barlow told Computer and Video Games. "You can look up any sales figures and even extremely high rated racing titles haven't sold as perhaps they should have done or as perhaps they deserve and so it's in a bit of a rut."

"I think genres are cyclical and I'm not sure why that is, I'm not sure why people have moved away from racing games," he continued. "Perhaps the emergence of the first person shooter on consoles, a lot of people have graduated towards action games and that sort of thing."

Barlow hopes that games such as MotorStorm: Apocalypse will correct that "rut" however.

"I think what you're seeing is a resurgence in the desire to entertain people," he said. "We're trying to do something unique to racing and something unique for the Motorstorm franchise. We are now seeing pretty much as a legitimate past-time so let's do more with it, let's do something special with it."

<span>We posted the first MotorStorm: Apocalypse details this afternoon and it sounds really good. With top racing games such as Blur, Modnation Racers and Split/Second already on shelves this year, we're already seeing some kind of racing reconnaissance. And there's still that Criterion Need For Speed game to come...