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NASCAR 21: Ignition Next-Gen Upgrade Available Today - Patch Notes

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NASCAR 21: Ignition

NASCAR 21: Ignition Next-Gen Upgrade Available Today - Patch Notes

The NASCAR 21: Ignition next-gen upgrade has finally arrived for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S users. For those of you that already own the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, here’s how to get your free upgrade.

Upgrading from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5:

  • Sign into your existing account on your PS5 console.  
  • Find the PS5 game in PlayStation Store, or by Search, and go to the game hub for the PS5 game. 
  • Select the upgrade offer on the game hub and review the upgrade offer. 
  • Select Download (or purchase with the discount price) to download/purchase content.  
  • After the download is complete, you can play the PS5 game.  
  • PS4 games redeemed as a PlayStation Plus benefit are not eligible for a PS5 upgrade unless otherwise indicated.

Upgrading from Xbox One to Xbox Series X|S:

  • The Xbox console will automatically update to the correct version for the console. This means that if Xbox Series X|S customers have the Xbox One version installed right now, they will get a notification of the game updating and it will be replaced with the free Next Gen version.
  • If users do not have it installed, going to their owned content and downloading it will download the correct version. 

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The team also released NASCAR 21: Ignition patch 1.51 on all platforms, check out the patch notes below.

NEXT GEN UPGRADE FOR XBOX SERIES X|S AND PLAYSTATION 5

  • 4K resolution at 30 FPS for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5
  • 4k upscaling at 30 FPS for Xbox Series S
  • Online cross-generation console gameplay
  • Save imports from previous generation consoles
  • Support for PlayStation 5 activities

CARS & SCHEMES

  • Fixed an issue for Career Mode where players were appearing under their car
  • Fixed an issue where anti-lock brake system was stuck on
  • Fixed an issue where sponsored logo’s light was heavily reflected on the cars while on track

TRACKS

  • Fixed an issue with the lighting at some of the night race tracks

PIT STOPS

  • Fixed an issue in which high assists caused difficulties while pitting at certain tracks

AI

  • Fixed an issue in which the AI are driving off the apron and cutting corners short at Homestead
  • Fixed an issue in which AI takes control of a user’s car when passing next to the pit stop entrance

UI

  • Fixed an issue that showed miscellaneous stats incorrectly for stages in standings menu
  • Fixed an issue in which a quick selection of options from the Garage Pause Menu would trigger a softlock
  • Fixed an issue that would cause the title to crash while being idle in Race Results screen at COTA after unlocking the “Road Course Ringer” and “Winner” trophies

The team is also preparing to release their 2022 Season Expansion featuring cars, tracks, teams, and schemes from this historic season.

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  1. I dare say chalk it up as another lie.
    Not like it would make it playable anyways. It would just be a more polished turd.
    It’s unfortunate.
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    I'm paying fairly close attention to this. Not because I have any intention of getting it but feel like it could be a barometer for what the future holds.
    scitychamps87
    I’m guessing we either get this late or NASCAR finds a way to get out of its license and we don’t get it at all
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    There's a third possibility I think.
    Motorsports financial situation and overall health are worse than we thought and it doesn't get released. The company goes bankrupt and Nascar is free with its license without having to do anything.
    For your second scenario, I think even if Nascar is legally able to get out of the deal, the upgrade would still be released if it is in a position to do so. Of course if it doesn't get released Nascar may be able to use that in their fight to escape the deal.
    ggsimmonds
    There's a third possibility I think.
    Motorsports financial situation and overall health are worse than we thought and it doesn't get released. The company goes bankrupt and Nascar is free with its license without having to do anything.
    For your second scenario, I think even if Nascar is legally able to get out of the deal, the upgrade would still be released if it is in a position to do so. Of course if it doesn't get released Nascar may be able to use that in their fight to escape the deal.

    I find it funny they are running out of funds yet are still sponsoring a car soon.
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    VoltSwoosh
    I find it funny they are running out of funds yet are still sponsoring a car soon.
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    Try to trick more people into investing before they bail
    jasontoddwhitt
    https://twitter.com/nascarignition/status/1519743192303869952?s=21&t=V06gYW8wUWkWm6duqr1ZRw
    Patch has been pushed back to June and it looks like there won’t be a new game this year.
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    Interesting development.
    There are 2 ways this could go:
    1. They are losing the license. Usually when you negotiate an exit its not immediate. You complete the current project and then go your separate ways. This works best for both sides as for the license owner you wouldn't have enough time to find a new licensee and have them work on making a release, and the license holder wouldn't be caught in a really bad spot by having to throw away months of work. By instead releasing an expansion the team wouldn't have to devote as much to a full game that would ultimately be wasted investments, and it reduces the odds that Motorsports releases another dud that would harm the brand. A month or two from now it could be announced that the license is going somewhere else but the expansion to 21 would still be released.
    2. They are keeping the license and genuinely believe this is the path to right the ship and Nascar has signed off on it. According to this plan, they are doing what many gamers want Madden to do to fix its issues.
    Initial thoughts are that scenario 1 seems much more likely, but I can't rule out scenario 2
    ggsimmonds
    Just came from reddit to see if there was any info about this, like what all is changed. Is there any info other than the vague "free update" bit?

    Maybe the 3D grass showed in early screens and liveries loading correctly???
    One can dream 🤣
    I've had about an hour of seat time with the new X/S upgrade. I give it an overall thumbs-up, even though it didn't include the addition of a rear view mirror. The textures are definitely richer, control feels better at 60 FPS, and the force feedback steering with my Thrustmaster TX is more realistic. There's enough there to make me want to have a go at a season, even though the game still feels sort of incomplete.
    One thing I did find is that my Thrustmaster wheel lost its force feedback when I changed from an oval (Nashville) to a road course (Watkins Glen). Not only did it lose its force feedback, it's sensitivity was reduced to the extent that I had to go into my wheel's onboard steering wheel ranges and change its range from 900 deg to 540 deg, to get the same sensitivity. I then had to close the game, turn my wheel off, reboot my wheel, start NASCAR 21 using the wheel. This series of actions restored the force feedback, which thankfully, feels pretty natural with the default settings... which can't be changed.
    I'm anxious to read the reactions of others to this, but for now, I at least have a NASCAR racing game that I want to give another chance to.
    I will say that they've done nothing to help the handoff from autopilot control at the start of the race over to the driver. It took me four tries before I could make it through the first turn at Talladega because the handoff put me in a quick drift, putting me into another car or the wall because of degree of corrections needed were impossible. At veteran difficulty level, I was able to run with the last quarter of the field and felt less threatened by cars diving under me entering turns.
    The next-generation upgrade is out...and they can't even hit 60fps in 4k on the next-generation consoles.
    Wow. That is like the bare minimum, and they have capped fps in 4k at 30fps...in a racing game.
    Yeah it seemed like any additions would have been a stretch goal. You would think a rear view mirror would be a fairly simple thing to add in, but perhaps not.
    I'll continue playing NH5 for the time being
    OnlookerDelay
    I've had about an hour of seat time with the new X/S upgrade. I give it an overall thumbs-up, even though it didn't include the addition of a rear view mirror. The textures are definitely richer, control feels better at 60 FPS, and the force feedback steering with my Thrustmaster TX is more realistic. There's enough there to make me want to have a go at a season, even though the game still feels sort of incomplete.
    One thing I did find is that my Thrustmaster wheel lost its force feedback when I changed from an oval (Nashville) to a road course (Watkins Glen). Not only did it lose its force feedback, it's sensitivity was reduced to the extent that I had to go into my wheel's onboard steering wheel ranges and change its range from 900 deg to 540 deg, to get the same sensitivity. I then had to close the game, turn my wheel off, reboot my wheel, start NASCAR 21 using the wheel. This series of actions restored the force feedback, which thankfully, feels pretty natural with the default settings... which can't be changed.
    I'm anxious to read the reactions of others to this, but for now, I at least have a NASCAR racing game that I want to give another chance to.
    I will say that they've done nothing to help the handoff from autopilot control at the start of the race over to the driver. It took me four tries before I could make it through the first turn at Talladega because the handoff put me in a quick drift, putting me into another car or the wall because of degree of corrections needed were impossible. At veteran difficulty level, I was able to run with the last quarter of the field and felt less threatened by cars diving under me entering turns.

    I found the control much better than expected...
    I've actually contemplated buying this as it's been on sale numerous times since it's release but have done my best to refrain from doing so. I have a feeling the upcoming 2022 season update will be their last ditch effort to get some money out of this disaster they call a game before MSG sells all of it's assets and closes shop before the end of the year.
    I hope nobody gets hoodwinked regarding that.
    ggsimmonds
    Yeah it seemed like any additions would have been a stretch goal. You would think a rear view mirror would be a fairly simple thing to add in, but perhaps not.
    I'll continue playing NH5 for the time being

    Not sure if you heard about the "Town Hall" they had a few months ago but they claimed that "last gen" consoles aren't powerful enough to support a rearview mirror.
    They also claimed the reason for no fuel gauge is because there's no fuel gauge IRL, even though iRacing (the game they compared themselves to) has a fuel information overlay. LOL
    That's rich.
    I still have the same opinion that I did a few months ago. Its already understood by both parties that the Nascar license will be finding a new home, it just hasn't been announced yet or made official until after the September expansion is released
    ggsimmonds
    Its already understood by both parties that the Nascar license will be finding a new home, it just hasn't been announced yet or made official until after the September expansion is released

    What makes you think this is the case?
    I've spent a good deal of time with this game since the update last week. It's definitely better than it was prior to the update, but I still can't get past the first event in Career mode for two reasons:
    1.) The lack of a rear view mirror causes me to make mistakes and take bad positions because I can't tell where the cars behind me are exactly. I'm running a 15% length season and I had actually gotten to the 24th lap in one race by simply keeping the high line all the way around Daytona. I qualified 12th, but dropped to 30th in doing so, but at least I was staying on the track and holding off the 31st through 40th place cars.
    The problem is that if I race with my normal competitive instincts, I'm usually taken out by a nasty rear bump from a car I should have been able to see setting up for the bump in my rear view mirror. I don't like having to race under house restrictions that severe!
    2.) Since I using a steering wheel with this game, I have to have the controller plugged in to navigate certain menu screens. This sets up the most fatal flaw of the game for steering wheel users. When you're in a long race where you've had to do no controller manipulation, the controller times out and shuts down. This takes away your steering control even though your wheel is still connected. You have to reconnect the controller to correct the situation with your wheel. Once you get control of it, you're going to find yourself pasted against a wall with varying degrees of car damage.
    I had three races end yesterday where I was having a good run going, forgot to wiggle the right stick to keep the controller active, and had my race end due to the controller time out knocking the steering wheel control out along with it. This is inexcusable and this, along with item 1 are show stoppers for me!

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