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New NASCAR Simulation Looks For a Fresh Start in 2021 with Unreal Engine and rFactor 2 Physics

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New NASCAR Simulation Looks For a Fresh Start in 2021 with Unreal Engine and rFactor 2 Physics

A couple of months ago, Motorsports Games acquired Studio 397, the team behind the realistic racing simulation rFactor 2. The team has been working with Motorsports Games for the past year on vehicle physics, tire modeling and AI for the upcoming NASCAR video game franchise reboot, schedule to release later this year.

During an interview with IGN, Motorsports Games’ VP George Holmquist mentions the game will be powered by the Unreal Engine as well.

What’s really exciting is that we’ve been working with the rFactor team at 397, who have been known for their physics, and also then changing engines from our previous engine into Unreal, and then combining the two. Using the Unreal engine just brings the graphics [and] the gameplay into more of a AAA style of game. More than the NASCAR Heat franchise we’ve had before. I think that’s something our customers are looking for. If you’ve seen the screenshots at this point, it’s definitely a step up from our previous franchise.

Outside of core gameplay, the team has been working on adding more customization options, including a legitimate paint booth. Make sure to read the full interview here.

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  1. I know everyone will be thrilled with the Unreal Engine news since they've been clamoring for it for years.
    But when are we going to get some actual concrete info on the game or at least a release date? They say "fresh start in 2021" but here it is mid July and still no concrete info. Is a game actually going to release in 2021?
    EDIT: Just found a slightly more informative article by IGN that was posted on FB by NASCAR Heat that says the game will be released this year and that one additional feature will be an improved paint booth
    Motorsport Games Confirms NASCAR 21; New Engine, New Physics
    BurghFan
    I know everyone will be thrilled with the Unreal Engine news since they've been clamoring for it for years.
    But when are we going to get some actual concrete info on the game or at least a release date? They say "fresh start in 2021" but here it is mid July and still no concrete info. Is a game actually going to release in 2021?

    I was looking into some stuff today, and someone mentioned that there was a June investors release that said late Q3 2021. That seems ambitious given the current timeline and lack of information though.
    Highlighting customization in the form of paint and liveries is also concerning to me though. I love having that ability, but I really want to know more about the actual game/career mode.
    KSUowls
    I was looking into some stuff today, and someone mentioned that there was a June investors release that said late Q3 2021. That seems ambitious given the current timeline and lack of information.

    When game compagnies say Q3, it means Q3 of their fiscal year and that rarely aligns with the actual calendar year. I have no clue what fiscal quartiers this company uses but I'm pretty sure their Q3 doesn't run from July to September given the timing. More likely Holiday 2021 or even early 2022 could be the end of their Q3 2021 if their fiscal year runs from April to March or even May to April.
    poulka
    It would be nice to have a decent nascar game, *NASCAR games have been lacking for a long time. *Very cautiously optimistic.

    NASCAR Heat 3 and 5 were pretty good. The 4th one though was terrible because it controlled poorly. I played a free trial of it when it first came out and I couldnt control the cars, it was that bad.
    mercalnd
    When game compagnies say Q3, it means Q3 of their fiscal year and that rarely aligns with the actual calendar year. I have no clue what fiscal quartiers this company uses but I'm pretty sure their Q3 doesn't run from July to September given the timing. More likely Holiday 2021 or even early 2022 could be the end of their Q3 2021 if their fiscal year runs from April to March or even May to April.

    That's true, but most companies do operate on a fiscal and calendar year. I believe the late Q3 date that I previously saw was mentioned to be from a Q1 investor relations call from a month or two ago. If that's the case, then we should expect Q3 align with actual Q3. Though the lack of information to date still makes that seem ambitious.
    Dead2009
    NASCAR Heat 3 and 5 were pretty good. The 4th one though was terrible because it controlled poorly. I played a free trial of it when it first came out and I couldnt control the cars, it was that bad.

    You stream the trial?
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    Dead2009
    NASCAR Heat 3 and 5 were pretty good. The 4th one though was terrible because it controlled poorly. I played a free trial of it when it first came out and I couldnt control the cars, it was that bad.

    Heat 5 was a exact clone of 4. I mean the trophies and backdrop still said Heat 4 on it when it released. The only real difference was AI did drive/race a bit better. To me the car driving felt identical between 4&5 on PS4.
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