Eden Games' V-Rally Franchise Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The Lyon-based independent studio celebrates the 20th Anniversary V-Rally, the first ever game franchise of its creation.

Twenty years ago, the first-ever Harry Potter novel was published, Dolly the sheep was introduced to the public and Steve Jobs returned to Apple Computers. These were just some of the momentous occasions that took place in 1997.

In addition to these significant events, in late June of 1997 the world was introduced to a video game that would change the landscape of racing games forever; V-Rally.

Developed by Eden Games (or Eden Studios as it was known back then) and published by Infogrames, V-Rally quickly became a flagship title selling over seven million units and grossing $2,000,000. Unlike other popular rally games of its time, V-Rally offered its players the unique opportunity to race directly against each other in split-screen mode as opposed to racing against the clock. The game boasted ten different race locations and eleven official World Rally Championship cars, including four from the WRC class and seven Formula 2 Kit Cars.

To mark the twenty-year anniversary of V-Rally, Eden Games has come up with an image gallery its favourite rally cars featured in the three iterations of the game.

Eden Games hasn't forgotten its roots. Their latest mobile game, Gear.Club, offers a rally mode for those who love nothing more than drifting on sand and dirt. 

About Eden Games

Eden Games was founded in Lyon, France in 1998, to develop one of the most successful game franchises on PlayStation systems: V-Rally.

In 2000, the studio expanded its racing expertise with the development of Need For Speed: Porsche for EA. Eden Games experimented in other genres before returning to its roots with Test Drive Unlimited, the first massive open world racing game franchise.

Eden Games today is an independent game studio managed by two of its original co-founders, David Nadal and Jean-Yves Geffroy. The studio is composed of both experienced veterans and highly talented young developers, all driven by the same passion for cars, high-end design and technology.


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