Fireburst to offer explosive (budget) racing on XBLA, PSN and PC this summer

Zoo Entertainment clearly never learned not to play with fire. Its upcoming Fireburst is an off-road racer in which cars appear to be regularly set aflame. Beyond the pyro gimmick, the game's features sound rather impressive, especially when you consider the $10 price tag.

Fireburst promises to offer 16 different cars, including buggys, muscle cars, trucks and 4x4s, and 15 race courses. Given the arcade nature of the game (you didn't expect a racing game about cars on fire to be a sim, right?), it should come as no surprise that there will be power-ups, including fireballs, fire blasts, walls of fire and other predictably fire-themed weapons, too.

The Unreal Engine 3-powered racer will also feature four-player split-screen -- a nice throwback to the Mario Kart 64 days. You can expect Fireburst on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and PC this summer. See the first trailer after the break.
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zoo entertainment Announces plans to launch fireburst
on PC, PSN and XBLA SUMMER 2011

Off-Road, Action-Packed Arcade Racing Title Features Unique Fireboost Capabilities and Unconventional Lineup of Characters

Cincinnati, OH - March 1, 2010 - Zoo Entertainment, Inc (NASDAQ CM: ZOOG), a leading developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software, today announced plans to release Fireburst, an exhilarating action-packed racing title, this summer for PC, PSN and XBLA.

"Fireburst is a game unlike anything we've delivered before," said Mark Seremet, Zoo CEO. "We hope to challenge the most avid racing gamers by offering enhanced customizations, multiplayer functionality and a dynamic array of cars and characters. Its unique concept, intense gameplay and stunning graphics are sure to excite even the most veteran gamers. "

Fireburst will send players on a scorching adrenaline frenzy as they get behind the wheels and race on paved racecourses and wicked off-road tracks. Based on the Unreal Engine 3, racers keep opponents at bay in blazing fashion thanks to a novel Fireboost system that offers explosive graphics and a thrilling gameplay experience.

Features include more than 15 different racing and destruction maps, consisting of airfields, docks, oil rigs, sewers, refineries, warehouses and waterfalls. Players can choose from 16 cars in four different categories - Buggys, Muscle Cars, Trucks, Offroader/4x4 - while every car of its class has one of four Fireboost capabilities: Fireball, Firewheels, Firewall and Fireblast.

Fireburst will also offer multiple car customizations where players can choose from several different bodywork art and unlock skins and characters as they win races. With more than 250 car skins and 16 eccentric characters, car-character combinations are limitless. The racing madness continues with 4-player split screen capability, single player and multi-player modes, and multiplayer match-ups where racers can taunt their opponents for an immersive and intense gameplay experience.

Fireburst is not yet rated and will be available at a MSRP of $9.99 for PSN and 1000 Xbox Live Points for XBLA. It is scheduled for release in Summer 2011 for PC, PSN and XBLA

This article was originally published on Joystiq.