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If there’s one certainty about the release of a new iDevice, it’s that Firemint will announce a new, shiny release of the ever-popular racing simulator, Real Racing 2.

The current Real Racing, the second in the series, is set to get a brand new lick of paint to coincide with the release of Apple’s iPhone 4S, just in time to take advantage of the increased horsepower afforded by the move to the new dual core A5 chip.

Along with new and improved graphics, Real Racing 2′s upcoming update will also add AirPlay support, meaning players can use their devices as controllers, while the action is displayed on the big screen via the wonders of the Apple TV.

With Apple’s announcement of iOS 5 and AirPlay mirroring at WWDC 2011, Firemint is thrilled to report that, come the new OS, Real Racing 2 HD will be the first title to support full screen wireless gaming over AirPlay!

But wait, there’s more!

Firemint’s press release today adds an extra little bit of spice to proceedings, with Real Racing 2 set to becoming a truly multiplayer experience.

Not only will players be able to use an Apple TV to throw the game screen onto a television, but they will also be able to do the same thing with up to three of their friends’ displays shown on-screen simultaneously. Granted, that’s one expensive multiplayer set up right there, but chances are everyone would bring their own iDevice to the party.

Firemint calls this new mode ‘Party Play’ and if it looks anything like as good as the screenshots (above), they’re undoubtedly onto a winner!

Party Play takes AirPlay to the next level of iOS gaming, facilitating wireless local multiplayer for up to 4 players simultaneously in a split screen display output to your HD TV using an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S as the host. Play in the comfort of your own home and experience the joy of championship racing with iOS 5.

Firemint’s Real Racing 2 and Real Racing 2 HD are already hugely popular titles on the App Store, and moves like this will only bolster their positions as two of the most downloaded games on the platform.

This also shows just what is possible with a couple of iPhones, iPads or iPod touches and an Apple TV. Has Apple stumbled upon the next big thing in home console gaming, and if they have, how will the likes of Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony react?

Interesting times ahead for the gaming industry, it seems.

(via Firemint)

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