The long-awaited NASCAR console game news is finally here as NASCAR has announced it is partnering with iRacing to bring a new simulation game to consoles in 2025.
The announcement comes less than a week after the exclusive license between NASCAR and Motorsport Games (MSGM) was legally able to be terminated due to MSGM’s failure to produce new games. Now, iRacing holds the exclusive “simulation-style” console rights after acquiring it from MSGM.
“When we were approached with the option to acquire the license for the simulation-style NASCAR console game, which was the console game and franchise that we were dreaming about doing, it was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up,” said iRacing President Tony Gardner in a media release. “Having the ability to build a NASCAR console game is a privilege we promise to execute with the utmost care. We look forward to working diligently with NASCAR industry stakeholders to deliver a product that provides an amazing experience for the gaming community and NASCAR fans worldwide.”
“The sale of the NASCAR license is the result of a thorough, strategic review of where we believe our company should be headed over the longer-term,” said Motorsport Games CEO Stephen Hood.
“In our exploration of the sale, we gave due consideration to those companies we believed could develop a great NASCAR game. Both NASCAR and iRacing have been receptive to our proposed change, working with us to architect a positive transition post-sale and we thank them for their support. We will now concentrate our efforts towards delivering around other IP already in advanced development.”
Based on the teaser trailer, the new game will be available on all platforms, including the Nintendo Switch. Though, it could be expected that it would be on the next version of the Switch and not what’s currently available.
As far as Motorsport Games’ NASCAR titles, they are expected to be supported by the company through 2024. However, only NASCAR Heat 5 and NASCAR Rivals were mentioned in the announcement.
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