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ModNation Racers PSP: Final Polish and Detailing in Track Studio

Vernon Mollette's Avatar Posted by Producer, SCEA San Diego Studio

Welcome back to our ModNation Racers PSP Track Studio walkthrough! Today’s blog post brings us to the final installment of our tour of the Track Studio — Seaside Theme. Be sure to check out my previous post, where I created, painted and sculpted the track here. Or where I added a bunch of obstacles and dropped in Theme-based buildings here.

Here’s where we left off: I have the terrain sculpted and painted, I have my ocean setting all lined up and got the track obstacles placed and modified their Dynamic Options. Now all that’s left for me is to put the final layer of polish on this track. I want to give it that certain something that will help it stand out amongst the crowd of other great user-generated content. I’ve seen some of the creations that people have been able to make using the Track Studio tools, so I’ll need every advantage possible if I want to make the top five weekly downloads!

ModNation Racers PSP: Final Polish and Detailing in Track Studio

One of the things I like to do with a track is use the theme-based trees and plants to give it a unique feel. This being the Seaside Theme, I have the option of using some palm trees, rocky outcroppings and a bunch of different plants and bushes.

ModNation Racers PSP: Final Polish and Detailing in Track Studio


It’s important to remember that when someone is racing your track, they’re not in the default birds-eye view. For a good idea of what people will see, I can go into the Prop Placement screen and press the Select button. This will take me down to a Track View and allow me to preview what things will look like when I’m actually racing! This function is great for lining up buildings, or for seeing how the layout of your trees will look, or whether you’ll get a nice shot of the sunset while racing over a hill. I go into this camera mode frequently while building a track, so I can get the best possible idea of how my track will look from a racer’s perspective.

ModNation Racers PSP: Final Polish and Detailing in Track Studio

There! All the details are in place. I added some directional signs, threw in some more trees, picked a sky selection that works best for my track, and populated the rest of the track with more theme-based props.

ModNation Racers PSP: Final Polish and Detailing in Track Studio ModNation Racers PSP: Final Polish and Detailing in Track Studio

ModNation Racers PSP: Final Polish and Detailing in Track Studio

ModNation Racers PSP: Final Polish and Detailing in Track Studio ModNation Racers PSP: Final Polish and Detailing in Track Studio

I’m now ready to Test Drive this track. Test Drive allows you to save your track, then hit the asphalt to see how your drift lines look, how the obstacles are tuned and, of course, how good your track looks from the racing perspective!

Yup! There it is! After about 15 minutes of creation and a few more minutes spent polishing the track to a shine, I’m now ready to share it with the rest of the ModNation world.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Track Studio tour of one of the four themes available in ModNation Racers PSP. We’ve had a great time working on this game, so I hope you all have just as much fun playing it!

We’ll be hitting store shelves on May 25th, so start your engines and get ready to Race, Create and Share! I’ll see you on the track…

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wolfzero1 said:

April 16th, 7:20 am

this isn’t about the PSP version, but are there going to be tracks available for download in the PS3 version?

lukypor said:

April 16th, 7:27 am

will there be a demo for the psp version? I loved the ps3 (beta) version!

jaja2u said:

April 16th, 8:08 am

I hope a PSP demo comes out soon! Trying it earlier would be awesome!

depward said:

April 16th, 8:42 am

I’m really hoping the PSP version explodes with creativity and a fair amount of people are playing it online. That’s the version I’m most likely picking up :)

gundamman said:

April 16th, 9:19 am

hey will any of the UFG be at coachellafest this weekend? cus your game and gt5 is guna be there, and it’d be cool to race or talk to and against you guys!! you can follow me @ gundamman,. late =D

artform-fazeone said:

April 16th, 11:26 am

Another PSP racing hit for the racing type of gamers.. 6 out of 10.. THE FAZEONES LOUNGE

Brapp347 said:

April 16th, 12:04 pm

if there’s one thing i didnt think we can do, its sculpt the terrain. can we also scale props and add decals to karts and characters? It seems like that would be kind of tough to put on the psp…

R1LEY62 said:

April 16th, 3:28 pm

Modnation PSP DLC? :)

Seahawk313 said:

April 16th, 3:56 pm

Hi Vernon,I was wondering how much space this will take up on my memory stick if I buy the downloadable version.P.S first day buy for me and my sis.

mommymatters said:

April 17th, 1:24 pm

my copy is already ordered and I thought it was going to be horrible i have now changed my mind.Keep ua posted vernon

RazgrizInferno said:

April 17th, 1:29 pm

wolfzero1… you must be pretty new to ModNation. This game works like LittleBigPlanet. There will be millions of tracks to download.

MILLIONS =D

gbear240 said:

April 17th, 2:02 pm

Is there going tobe another modnation racers beta. please make one

Restart_color said:

April 17th, 2:32 pm

wow! just like PS3!!!!! O-O’

xmodnationx said:

April 18th, 8:51 am

ok does everybody agree that we need some game play videos of the PSP VERSION of mod nation racers …. i mean com on the PS3 has more than 85 vids and the psp has like 1 video… i wanna c what the mod spot looks like on the psp i wanna c some kart customization on the psp .. i wanna c an story mode race on the psp…and most important..
I WANT A FREAKIN DEMO SO WE CAN PLAY IT..CAUSE THE PS3 HAD A BETA…

o yeah one more thing about the psp version if you drift .. will your wheels start flaming like the ps3 version..

thats all sorry for the bad english XD

xmodnationx said:

April 18th, 8:52 am

does everybody agree that we need some game play videos of the PSP VERSION of mod nation racers …. i mean com on the PS3 has more than 85 vids and the psp has like 1 video… i wanna c what the mod spot looks like on the psp i wanna c some kart customization on the psp .. i wanna c an story mode race on the psp…and most important..
I WANT A FREAKIN DEMO SO WE CAN PLAY IT..CAUSE THE PS3 HAD A BETA…

o yeah one more thing about the psp version if you drift .. will your wheels start flaming like the ps3 version..

thats all sorry for the bad english XD

xmodnationx said:

April 18th, 8:52 am

sorry 4 the double comment XD

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