It has been confirmed that the next instalment in the popular Cruis'n line of racers is coming to arcades early next year.

Cruis'n Blast is being developed by Raw Thrills but Nintendo's name is featured predominately on the cabinet, presumably because it has sole ownership of the brand now that Midway Games - the original developer - no longer exists.

It follows Cruis'n USA - which was famously ported to the N64 - as well sequels Cruis'n World, Cruis'n Exotica, Cruis'n Velocity and the 2007 Wii title, simply entitled Cruis'n. The series was created by Eugene Jarvis back in the '90s, who is now president of Raw Thrills.

The press release - included below - states that this is the first "arcade exclusive release", which seems to suggest that no home port is expected:

The Arcade is back!

Raw Thrills™ introduce Cruis'n Blast™, their first arcade exclusive release.

The legendary Cruis'n™ series of driving games debuted in the 90's with the arcade smash and N64 launch title Cruis'n USA™. Cruis'n USA thrilled the world with amazing 3D realism and casual arcade fun, setting new records for income and operator ROI. Followed by Cruis'n World™, and Cruis'n Exotica™, the Cruis'n series sold over 70,000 arcade driving machines, grossing over $8 Billion worldwide.

"With the resurging millennial arcade sense and unprecedented player demand, the time was right for a new Cruis'n game." Eugene Jarvis, Raw Thrills President and creator of the Cruis'n series, stated.
Cruis'n Blast, developed by the crack Raw Thrills studio team, takes Cruis'n into the new millennium as players zoon 200 mph through the bustle of London, blast through the exotic wonders of Madagascar, celebrate Carnival in Rio, amaze to the hi tech splendor of Singapore, and drive an earth-shaking thriller through Death Valley. Every track is packed with speed thrills, exploding scenery, and extreme special FX. In tune with the times, players race in an immersive cockpit simulator loaded with HD supercomputer graphics and immersive effects. The Thrill-D Blaster™ sound system recreates the sound of an actual race, backed by a pumping soundtrack that is a staple of the Cruis'n experience.

Key features include:

+ NEW! Dramatic enclosed cockpit cabinet with fully immersive Thrill-D Blaster™ sound
+ NEW! BLAST™ turbo boost for truly insane speed!
+ Awesome supercars including Lamborghini Veneno™, Nissan GTR™, Corvette 206™, and more.
+ 43″ 1080p HD LED TV
+ Mind-bending color FX from over 1000 Vibrant RGD LED's
+ State of the art GTX 750 Ti Nvidia supercomputer HD graphics
+ NEW! Link up to 8 games for massive multiplayer action

Are you a fan of the series? What do you make of this new release?

[via arcadeheroes.com]