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NASCAR 21: Ignition Announced, Releases on October 28 - Trailer & Some Details Revealed

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NASCAR 21: Ignition

NASCAR 21: Ignition Announced, Releases on October 28 - Trailer & Some Details Revealed

Motorsport Games has announced NASCAR 21: Ignition, scheduled to release on October 28 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam. Digital gamers who preorder NASCAR 21: Ignition Standard or Champions Edition will be given early access to the game two days in advance and a “Traxion.gg” paint scheme.

Players who purchase the Champions Edition will also receive exclusive availability to unlock Bill Elliott as a playable character, his paint schemes, in-game career boost and the season pass, which will include all three DLC packs.

Games will have a free upgrade path for the Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X/S post-launch, with free downloadable upgrades available for other users as well. The season pass will release additional paint schemes and three other NASCAR legend drivers.

NASCAR 21: Ignition will be developed and published by Motorsport Games. The simulation will be powered by Unreal Engine and Studio 397’s highly acclaimed rFactor physics engine, giving users a more authentic driving experience, immersive gameplay, dynamic AI and stunning visuals. The game will come complete with official drivers, teams and tracks from the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series, including broadcast quality pre-race build-up and post-race replays. All broadcast voice-over work will be provided by MRN Radio, the Voice of NASCAR. Drivers will be face-scanned into the game to provide their realistic representations, with heightened attention to detail regarding tracks, grandstands and pit experiences.

With NASCAR 21: Ignition, Motorsport Games will provide fans with a bevy of new features and updates long anticipated by its player base. Players will have the ability to dive straight into the action with Race Now, competing as their favorite official driver from the Cup Series, or starting in the engaging career mode as they build their reputation in the sport and battle their way toward the championship. Career mode provides each user with driver-focused progression, with clear goals and structures on the road to glory. Online races will be supported for up to 40 players — a full NASCAR race grid — allowing friends and other players to battle from around the world.

Motorsport Games developed a brand new Paint Booth, offering unparalleled levels of customization to create NASCAR paint schemes, complete with an iconic race number. NASCAR 21: Ignition will feature a fully curated soundtrack with artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Imagine Dragons, Aerosmith and Luke Combs.

  • Players will feel like they are in the NASCAR Cup Series garage area and on pit road before each session. With voiceover from MRN Radio and 23XI Racing’s Freddie Kraft. Celebrate your victories with your crew in the victory lane sequence. Showcasing the high fidelity scanned NASCAR cup series drivers and accurately modeled event trophies.
  • Utilizing the Unreal Engine, NASCAR 21: Ignition allows players to experience the  thrill and atmosphere of the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • With Studio 397’s highly-acclaimed rFactor physics engine, dynamic AI, and more in-depth racing, players will have a gaming experience unlike any before in a NASCAR title.
  • A brand-new Paint Booth offers an unrivaled level of customization allowing you to create your own NASCAR Cup Series paint scheme complete with your own iconic race number.
  • Official racetracks featured in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, including the Circuit of the Americas, Daytona Road Course, and Nashville Superspeedway. Plus a fully curated soundtrack with artists such as MGK, Imagine Dragons, Aerosmith, Luke Combs and more.

Visit the official website for more details.

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  1. Nothing like waiting till the last weekend of the season to release a game. LOL Honestly I think they'd be smarter waiting till Daytona of next season.
    Looks good though. Assuming cup series only, which honestly is what I figured. Whether or not I buy it depends on what "post launch" means for Next Gen upgrade. Is that F1 2021 3 new tracks "post launch" that we are still waiting on? lol
    Agreed, really dumb releasing the game with only 2 races left in the season. Should've just waited until February/March 2022 and released it at the beginning of next season. Cup only with no Xfinity or Trucks is also a major disappointment.
    BurghFan
    Agreed, really dumb releasing the game with only 2 races left in the season. Should've just waited until February/March 2022 and released it at the beginning of next season. Cup only with no Xfinity or Trucks is also a major disappointment.

    Gotta get those Christmas sales from what I understand, but yeah. February would be desirable.
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    Is only Cup Series confirmed?
    I hope not. I know the usual story with a franchise reboot in new hands or on a new generation is to cut some features, but hopefully the need for those things in a proper career mode is obvious to the Devs.
    I’m not the primary NASCAR fan in the family, so this is essentially already bought here, but if it was actually up to me, I’d wait to see if the initial reaction to the game was promising… like if the team/game was headed in the right direction… and if it was, throw support behind it.
    It’s essentially a brand new completely updated game. It ducks about the lack of Trucks and Xfinity, but those will come. Just make the game fun. And if they’re releasing it 2 races from the end of the season we’re probably getting a major DLC for the new car/22 season (I would think). But either way it looks like it’s taking the right steps, can’t wait to see gameplay.
    jct32
    I didn’t see any damage to the cars crashing in that video. Hopefully that is fixed.

    I sure hope so.
    Nothing like seeing a crash and a car get hit multiple times, only to find him back out in the race with no damage.
    For those that don't want damage/DNF's then make it an option, but those of us that want sim racing where the fear of wrecking is a thing, please have realistic damage models and DNF's.
    BurghFan
    Agreed, really dumb releasing the game with only 2 races left in the season. Should've just waited until February/March 2022 and released it at the beginning of next season. Cup only with no Xfinity or Trucks is also a major disappointment.

    To be fair, next gen car comes out next year. So I can see why they don't want to release a game for the 2022 season based on the current 2021 car. Granted they could make the 2022 car DLC.
    Jeffrey99
    Nothing like waiting till the last weekend of the season to release a game. LOL Honestly I think they'd be smarter waiting till Daytona of next season.
    Looks good though. Assuming cup series only, which honestly is what I figured. Whether or not I buy it depends on what "post launch" means for Next Gen upgrade. Is that F1 2021 3 new tracks "post launch" that we are still waiting on? lol

    I mean, all of the NASCAR Heat games released in September with the exception of 5. The last game to actually come out when the season started was NASCAR '14.
    Dead2009
    I mean, all of the NASCAR Heat games released in September with the exception of 5. The last game to actually come out when the season started was NASCAR '14.

    You are correct, but it’s normally within first two weeks of September. NASCAR 21 comes out a month to a month and half later then 2,3&4.
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    dmoney24
    No next gen is a huge disappointment

    Very. Nascar games seem to always be years behind. It’s very disappointing
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    Everyone complaining without acknowledging that this is basically a brand new NASCAR game from the ground up. It's not gonna be completely fleshed out. But it seems very promising and light years ahead of the NASCAR Heat series. The NASCAR Heat series was such a disappointment from the word go despite having all 3 top series in it.
    AUTiger1
    Everyone complaining without acknowledging that this is basically a brand new NASCAR game from the ground up. It's not gonna be completely fleshed out. But it seems very promising and light years ahead of the NASCAR Heat series. The NASCAR Heat series was such a disappointment from the word go despite having all 3 top series in it.

    We aren’t complaining about the game, just saying how we would’ve liked to see them utilize the new hardware of ps5. Nascar games are always late to the next gen party. Ps4 did not get a true next gen game until 2016 when they put that ps2 like game up for sale. Beat yes, heat series was a massive flop. I have high hopes for this company.
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    VoltSwoosh
    We aren’t complaining about the game, just saying how we would’ve liked to see them utilize the new hardware of ps5. Nascar games are always late to the next gen party. Ps4 did not get a true next gen game until 2016 when they put that ps2 like game up for sale. Beat yes, heat series was a massive flop. I have high hopes for this company.
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    Hoping that they get out ahead of it a bit, and before too long, and acknowledge the Next-Gen situation. Would be nice to know what they plan to do for the upgrade and an approximate timetable.
    AUTiger1
    Everyone complaining without acknowledging that this is basically a brand new NASCAR game from the ground up. It's not gonna be completely fleshed out. But it seems very promising and light years ahead of the NASCAR Heat series. The NASCAR Heat series was such a disappointment from the word go despite having all 3 top series in it.

    That's the thing, some of the people involved in this game are still the same as the ones that devveloped NASCAR The Game 2011 (I think) and the company just seems to keep splintering or reorganizing or what ever you want to call it then they just start from scratch. Could you imagine if Madden or NBA2K or MLB The Show kept completely rebooting the series from scratch every 2-4 years?
    jct32
    I didn’t see any damage to the cars crashing in that video. Hopefully that is fixed.

    Look at the first crash again. You can see the hood and front of both cars smashed in.
    BurghFan
    That's the thing, some of the people involved in this game are still the same as the ones that devveloped NASCAR The Game 2011 (I think) and the company just seems to keep splintering or reorganizing or what ever you want to call it then they just start from scratch. Could you imagine if Madden or NBA2K or MLB The Show kept completely rebooting the series from scratch every 2-4 years?

    If only EA kept on the path after NASCAR THUNDER 2004... imagine where they could be at now. Instead they went lazy and killed a great franchise.
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    Not sure if anyone knows, but does the Motorsports Games team use Lidar to scan the tracks? Or do they have a different process? I believe that's how the iRacing team builds their tracks and I've read that's a hyper-realistic method.
    beau21
    Not sure if anyone knows, but does the Motorsports Games team use Lidar to scan the tracks? Or do they have a different process? I believe that's how the iRacing team builds their tracks and I've read that's a hyper-realistic method.

    They never have before, but this is a complete rebuild so who knows where they are going with it. Mainly the biggest thing with laser scan with iracing is you are driving on the scan. It provides more detail in the physics than you can get by driving on a polygon graphical track surface like most games do. Thats also the reason why you see cars tires clip through the graphical surface sometimes in replays as what you see is less detail than what you drive on to save GPU usage.
    Rfactor had the first modded laser scan track years ago with eastern creek, so it can be done, but not sure it would benefit anything to have it.
    ItsCammerTime
    It’s essentially a brand new completely updated game. It ducks about the lack of Trucks and Xfinity, but those will come. Just make the game fun. And if they’re releasing it 2 races from the end of the season we’re probably getting a major DLC for the new car/22 season (I would think). But either way it looks like it’s taking the right steps, can’t wait to see gameplay.

    You would think but when I read the game description on Steam it seems this new team is following the recipe of the old Nascar Heat team which is to release "paint schemes" and call it DLC. They mention that the Season Pass will contain "three paint scheme packs" within 3 months. If there is/was going to be an expansion for the '22 Nascar season they would have mentioned it.
    If that's the case then it's better to hold off until Feb-Mar with the start of the new Cup season to see if that's what they plan on doing. If they do decide to do that then the game might see a temporary sale.
    From the screenshots i've seen the game looks really good, much better than the previous Heat games which were built on Unity. So count me as hopelessly optimistic but I notice there's a caution flag on the track. I need to wait till it's released before I can say if this game will be better than the Nascar Heat series.
    To be fair, the Nascar Heat games had pretty decent and racy AI.
    I've been looking for a reason to buy a NASCAR game for years, and that reason is "classic drivers".  Just do what 2k does and put a big focus on legendary cars and drivers and you'll have my money.   Bill Elliott is a nice start, but let's see where this goes.
    martymcflyy85
    I've been looking for a reason to buy a NASCAR game for years, and that reason is "classic drivers".* Just do what 2k does and put a big focus on legendary cars and drivers and you'll have my money.** Bill Elliott is a nice start, but let's see where this goes.

    Sadly, that will be $90. Also included is Custom team/ paint schemes in career, season mode and local multiplayer to name a few features... oh wait, ALL THATS MISSING. Still $90 if you want 4 legends.
    martymcflyy85
    I've been looking for a reason to buy a NASCAR game for years, and that reason is "classic drivers".* Just do what 2k does and put a big focus on legendary cars and drivers and you'll have my money.** Bill Elliott is a nice start, but let's see where this goes.

    1000% this.
    Even if there was a fully flushed legends DLC pack, I'd be all over it. Give me a Gen 3 (81-91) or Gen 4 (92-06) car model with a dozen drivers or more and I'll happily pony up another $20. Pair that with a no-limit Paint Booth this year (logo import and car sharing feature - fingers crossed!) and I'd be in heaven.
    Maybe it's just because I've seen iRacing, but I love the idea of a Nascar game that's not an annual release and being more pay-as-you-go based. Buy it once and then get updates, buy DLC packs, buy new paint schemes each year, etc.
    It all comes down to career mode and damage for me. I bought the first or 2nd iteration of Nascar Heat a few years ago and almost immediately returned it because of the arcade style damage. As long as there is some version of a simulation style race to go along with at least the foundation of a good career mode then I'm all in.
    Anyone hear anything further on this title, game is out in 3 weeks but news seems to have dried up after this trailer from August...??:y11:
    jr86
    Anyone hear anything further on this title, game is out in 3 weeks but news seems to have dried up after this trailer from August...??:y11:

    They have released a lot of screenshots and some other info has been released, like Cup only, paint booth, etc.
    There has also been a few demo videos floating around Reddit that people have recorded while playing at some of the latest NASCAR races.
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    Jeffrey99
    They have released a lot of screenshots and some other info has been released, like Cup only, paint booth, etc.
    There has also been a few demo videos floating around Reddit that people have recorded while playing at some of the latest NASCAR races.
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    Ok, I don't see anything after August, care to post a few links...
    NYJin2011tm
    Will there be an upgrade to next gen with current gen purchase?

    I heard a next gen update would be coming later( I would assume free). Not sure if it will improve load times or improve visuals or maybe 60fps. We shall see
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    jr86
    Anyone hear anything further on this title, game is out in 3 weeks but news seems to have dried up after this trailer from August...??:y11:

    I watched a few videos from content creators a couple days ago. They offered a few extra bits of information (I guess there was some kind of event at Daytona like a month ago)
    One of the guys I saw said that physics were really good and damage seemed to be in the game. He didn't have a lot of details on the career mode, but he did say that it was not an owner mode. You would just sign with already established teams, just a driver for hire. No other details beyond that, like what do you do with your winnings, how long the contracts are.
    Based on the limited info it sounds like the actual racing is pretty fun, but that the game has no depth.
    I do agree though that it is surprising how light the actual details are this close to release.
    Cod
    Motorsport Games released a gameplay video a few hours ago:

    Hmm not really sure what that video is really showcasing...zero physics and CPU cars going around in a train.... not the best advert...:nocomprende:
    jr86
    Hmm not really sure what that video is really showcasing...zero physics and CPU cars going around in a train.... not the best advert...:nocomprende:

    Agreed. Unfortunately, I think Motorsport Games will always have trouble getting the "circle track" crowd when iRacing does it so much better (on asphalt and dirt). My assumption is MG is really catering towards the casual and those more likely to play with a controller on a console crowd. MG's true simulation is rFactor 2 (in partnership with Studio 397).
    jr86
    Hmm not really sure what that video is really showcasing...zero physics and CPU cars going around in a train.... not the best advert...:nocomprende:

    Exactly my thoughts. Hamlin's car is dancing around waaaay too much too. It almost looks like a glitchy player car in an online race.
    This video sure didnt make me go yeah; I need this. Quite the opposite really.
    The lack of details has me feeling like this is F1 2021 all over again, but even more bare bones than the game they took over and rebuilt. This ones is a wait and see for me. I'm tired of being burned by the shady practices of these game devs. It looks nice, but its not hard to upgrade on the Nascar Heat 5 game we had. outside of that, this trailer didn't make me think I need this. Especially as shallow as the game itself sounds.
    Cod
    Agreed. Unfortunately, I think Motorsport Games will always have trouble getting the "circle track" crowd when iRacing does it so much better (on asphalt and dirt). My assumption is MG is really catering towards the casual and those more likely to play with a controller on a console crowd. MG's true simulation is rFactor 2 (in partnership with Studio 397).

    I don’t think so. iRacers aren’t console gamers/racers. Most I know only use their PC’s for iRacing and not other games. There’s a vast market on consoles for oval racing games.
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    jr86
    Hmm not really sure what that video is really showcasing...zero physics and CPU cars going around in a train.... not the best advert...:nocomprende:

    I shared your concerns as I watched this video. At least it showed a cockpit view for a while before flashing in between exterior camera shots, like 95% of most racing game videos do. Seeing the twitchy movement of Hamlin's car gave me the impression they're trying to feature the fact that the cars aren't on rails. It looked overbaked to me and I hope it's just something they had gotten too excessive with. I want to see other cars make occasional twitch reactions, but I don't want to see a predictable pattern of it, as seen in this video.
    I never can come close to judging the feel of console racing games, particularly featuring stock cars, by watching videos. The feel of NASCAR HEAT 4 is much better than they video would indicate to me that it is, at least with my Thrustmaster TX force feedback steering wheel, but it doesn't compare to the feel of Asseto Corsa of Project Cars 2's force feedback steering. If NASCAR 21: Ignition's force feedback steering is an improvement on NASCAR HEAT 4's (I never tried 5), and it's AI is a bit deeper, I'll give it a chance. I've heard no mention made of what attention they're giving to the force feedback wheels on the XBox Series X, nor PS5, so I'm a little concerned about that.
    This game is definitely in my wait and see category. It looks good. It sounds good. I want to see how the AI is, and I want to see how it feels.
    Probably going to wait and see how some YouTube sim racers feel about it before purchasing.
    I don't know why this should raise my hopes for NASCAR 21: Ignition, but last night I decided to try to run Wreckfest on my Series X again to see if steering wheel support for it had been patched yet. Much to my shock, it had... and not only had they patched it to where it would work, it was some of the best quality force feedback I've ever experienced on the XBox. If NASCAR 21: Ignition's force feedback and wheel handling are on scale with what I'm getting in Wreckfest with my my Thrustmaster TX, I'll be a long way towards being a happy camper!
    RealRad man has just posted a new video of 10 laps at Texas on YT, not sure why I can't link it, anyway looking more positive...:)
    I want wrecks to result in DNF for players and AI.
    Give us a true simulation race setting where things happen that put you out of the race, not force you to the pits where your car becomes "new" again.
    Like others, I'm in the wait and see approach on this one.
    jr86
    RealRad man has just posted a new video of 10 laps at Texas on YT, not sure why I can't link it, anyway looking more positive...:)

    Thanks for posting this news. I found the video and it showed me a lot more about the game than anything I'd seen before... by a long shot. I can see potential for it, but I just don't see anything that has me really pumped for it. I'm disappointed to learn that it won't be Series X/S enhanced. I was so hoping to see it released in 4K/60 FPS glory. I hope it will at least still be able to run at 60 FPS, even if it will be capped at 1080p, initially.
    jasontoddwhitt
    I’ve watched some YouTube videos as several of them got early access.
    Oh boy…this game is a hot mess right now.
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    The new generation of consoles (going back to the 360/PS3) has effectively made the average consumer beta testers that pay for the privilege. How in the world does this game pass QA in this state? This on-track glitches aside, caution detection issues once again, no race stages, no rearview mirror option for most camera views?
    I canceled my pre-order, but I will keep an eye on what they've got to say over the next 8 days. If they're silent and only pick select clips to promote leading to launch day on their social media channels, then that's an even bigger red flag than this video. IF they've got a solid plan for post-launch support, maybe I'll give it ago on Black Friday when it's on sale
    OnlookerDelay
    Thanks for posting this news. I found the video and it showed me a lot more about the game than anything I'd seen before... by a long shot. I can see potential for it, but I just don't see anything that has me really pumped for it. I'm disappointed to learn that it won't be Series X/S enhanced. I was so hoping to see it released in 4K/60 FPS glory. I hope it will at least still be able to run at 60 FPS, even if it will be capped at 1080p, initially.

    Supposedly there's an update scheduled for the new year that will add the next gen cars & the next gen console enhancements. Given what the game looks like now, they should have just delayed it the three months
    PhillyGuy11826

    Supposedly there's an update scheduled for the new year that will add the next gen cars & the next gen console enhancements. Given what the game looks like now, they should have just delayed it the three months

    I think I'd be better off waiting until the Series X/S enhanced version is released. I really want the extra pop that 4K/60 FPS would offer, plus maybe by then they'll figure out some of these caution flag and damage issues.
    jasontoddwhitt
    I’ve watched some YouTube videos as several of them got early access.
    Oh boy…this game is a hot mess right now.
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    I guess I saw some of the videos you saw then. Did you see the one where the guy made a compilation of other videos about NASCAR 21 called "NASCAR 21: Ignition is a Disaster". He cherry picked the game's most glowing problems to feature, but there's enough there to raise an eyebrow or two.
    I saw one video that was like 35 minutes long, and the reviewer said that the game wouldn't recognize his Thrustmaster steering wheel. As a Thrustmaster TX Leather wheel owner, this would be a show stopper for me. I royally suck at racing games with a controller and hot having my steering wheel as an option would be fatal.
    The video in question was from a Steam version owner, so yeah, he'd be playing it on a PC, whereas I'm going to be playing it on a Series X, but I'd say if the Thrustmaster is not working on a PC, it's not likely to work on a Series X. I'm keeping my eye on it though.
    Watched a gentleman playing the full game last night and while the game looks great, I still get the sense the cars are "more on rails" than previous iterations even though I thought it had progressively gotten better.

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