BJ McLeod, driver of the #78 NASCAR 21: Ignition Ford Mustang for Live Fast Motorsports, makes a pit stop during the 2022 Daytona 500. Photo by Justin Melillo.
A new product roadmap for the future of Motorsport Games’ NASCAR video game series was released Thursday (April 28).th April) in a Community contribution by Jay Pennell, Brand Manager of NASCAR at Motorsport Games.
A host of details about the current game NASCAR 21: Ignition and future games for handheld and console versions of the company were revealed in the post.
NASCAR 21: IGNITION TO RECEIVE 2022 UPDATES
First, the next-gen console upgrade promised to NASCAR 21: Ignition players has been pushed back to June 2022. This will come with the 1.5.0 patch and is for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 users. It was originally scheduled for this month (April), but it took longer than expected, the company says.
The patch will also include some fixes including a bug where players would appear under the car in career mode. The patch also includes cross-generational gameplay.
At the end of summer, another next-gen item will be added to the current game. In September 2022, the 2022 Season Expansion will be released and will include the 2022 NEXT Gen cars, team rosters, regular season schedule, an updated UI, and a race HUD. Fanatec wheels will also continue to be supported.
The NEXT Gen car will not be new to Ignition as the #78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford Mustang is currently being unveiled in a test session on the platform. The Chevrolet and Toyota additions will be new, as will all the rest of the roster that will be included.
From there, NASCAR 21: Ignition will also include three other DLC packs that feature alternate schemes, but the details of those are yet to be announced.
Three DLC packs are already available in NASCAR 21: Ignition for the current 2021 season, also featuring legends Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte and Darrell Waltrip, plus a season pass to wrap it all up. The Champions Edition of the game featured Bill Elliott, and as a pre-order bonus, players received the #78 Traxion.GG livery.
The DLC will be released in October, November and December of this year. As it stands now, the standard edition of the game is currently discounted to $29.99 at most retailers, with some having been further discounted from there.
NASCAR 22 RELEASE ON NINTENDO SWITCH
As far as a 2022 game goes, there will be, but at this point NASCAR 2022 has only been announced for the Nintendo Switch. NASCAR 2022 for the Nintendo Switch will be released this fall and builds on the current NASCAR Heat Switch game.
The Switch earned its first NASCAR title in nearly a decade late last year when NASCAR HEAT: Ultimate Edition+ was released, which includes both the 2020 and 2021 seasons for the NASCAR Cup Series. Essentially, it was NASCAR HEAT 5 for the handheld console, but with the most up-to-date roster.
The upcoming Switch game will feature improved graphics and new features, but exactly what those are hasn’t been revealed yet. The HEAT namesake wasn’t included in the roadmap, but the community update implied it will build on the current Switch game.
NASCAR ’23 WILL BE THE NEXT CONSOLE RELEASE IN MID-2023
Perhaps the most important piece of the new information is that the next NASCAR game released for console outside of the Switch game will now be out in mid-2023.
The company’s original roadmap called for a new console version to be released in late 2022. However, in light of the negative reviews for NASCAR 21: Ignition, the company announced that it will be taking a different new direction with ’23.
“The 2023 NASCAR game will not inherit the technical debt of NASCAR 21: Ignition as a base, but will benefit from the phenomenal work of the teams that brought you KartKraft and rFactor 2 while continuing to use the Unreal Engine.” Community Update specified.
NASCAR 21: Ignition took the Unreal Engine and combined it with physics and code from Studio 397’s rFactor 2. The game has received “mostly negative” reviews on Steam since its launch and has not been well received in the NASCAR gaming community.
This change means that the future game will have a fresh foundation again, but will build more on KartKraft, another Motorsport Games title that also has “very positive” reviews on Steam, although some recent ones have been “mixed”. “.
Something went wrong with the launch of NASCAR 21: Ignition. From groundbreaking glitches to wrong or forgotten rulesets, Ignition has not been well received by many.
However, since launch, the company has continued to work to fix the game. Back in January, a roadmap explained some of the fixes and additions that were yet to come to the game. Just recently, one of those updates added phases as the company answered questions from the community.
However, in recent weeks, speculation began to circulate on various social media platforms that NASCAR wanted to revoke Motorsport Games’ license. The claims were refuted by NASCAR, and as reported by Jalopnik, NASCAR issued a statement that the NASCAR-Motorsport Games partnership was “in good standing.”
The statement read, “NASCAR and Motorsport Games have a longstanding relationship and the status of our partnership remains in good standing.”
While NASCAR fans still have a while to grapple with the NASCAR 21: Ignition title, the delay for a future, different game in 2023 will hopefully mean things head in the right direction this time.
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