As one of the premiere racing franchises of the last generation, we were all waiting to hear about the first next-gen installment. Now, it's here, courtesy of a Rockstar announcement today: Midnight Club: Los Angeles is currently in development for the PS3 and Xbox 360, and should arrive in early 2008.

"Midnight Club’s addictive blend of freedom, style and sheer sense of speed sets it apart from its competition,” said Sam Houser, Founder and Executive Producer of Rockstar Games. "With Midnight Club: Los Angeles, Rockstar San Diego looks to once again push the boundaries and expectations of what a racing game can be. Rockstar San Diego has always been the technology leader in delivering the ultimate racing experience, and with this game, they are looking to re-define the idea of a completely immersive racing game experience, both offline and online."

These games have always been solid racing experiences, and Rockstar did the right thing by enhancing and upgrading each consecutive title in the series. For example, they decided to add motorcycles in the second, and we can't wait to see what they might add for the first next-gen Midnight Club . We also wonder if they'll actually be using true-to-life L.A. streets; something they didn't really reveal in the press release. Still, it does say they want to "evolve on all possible levels."

"On prior consoles, the Midnight Club franchise continually raised the bar for racing games, evolving from being the first ever street racing game to setting the defining standard for credibly integrating street racing culture with an intense racing experience,” said Jay Panek, Producer of the Midnight Club series. “With Midnight Club: Los Angeles, our goal is to evolve on all possible levels and stay true to the hardcore gaming experience the series is known for, while making it accessible to casual gamers and car enthusiasts."

When more information comes to light concerning this latest racer, we'll be sure to let you know.

Related Game(s): Midnight Club: Los Angeles

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