For possibly the first and last time my combined interest in video games and motorcycling has led me to spot something quite amusing.
So stick with me as I explain the background necessary for the pay off at the end.
Basically in motorcycle racing, there are two world championships. One, MotoGP (run by Dorna), is the two-wheeled Formula one equivalent with prototype bikes, star riders protected by PR armies, and all the associated trappings. The other, World Superbikes (run by FGSport) featuers more production based machines, more accessible riders, and a slightly more Italian way of doing things. Generally the two co-exist peacefully, in a kind of entente cordiale, although the occasional defection between the two, or occasional flaming tyre, does get exchanged.
Generally the Playstation motoGP game has been a Namco production. Meanwhile World Superbikes has only returned to gaming with SBK07 this year, produced by Italian firm Milestone…
(Still with me? Pay-off coming up)
So imagine my surprise when Capcom announced they’d be publishing a new MotoGP game, taking over from Namco, and would be using the Italian developer……..wait for it…..Milestone.
I don’t imagine the bosses of Dorna and FGSport are avid gamers, but I’m looking forward to them sitting down with their kids to play the game of their rival series and suddenly thinking “Hmmmm, I know that name from somewhere?”