Exciting news has emerged from the world of virtual motorsports, as iRacing recently announced its acquisition of the exclusive simulation-style console racing game license from NASCAR Team Properties. This marks a significant step for the company, offering a golden opportunity to develop and publish an immersive NASCAR console game. The announcement has stirred great enthusiasm among gamers and NASCAR fans alike, as everyone eagerly awaits the new project, expected to hit the market in 2025.
The transition of the license from Motorsport Games Inc. to iRacing will only be completed once the NASCAR Team Properties approves the sale. Following this, iRacing will begin development on the forthcoming NASCAR game, targeting a 2025 release. The company has not yet revealed the game's developer, but its role as the game's publisher has been confirmed. This development signifies a new era in simulation-style NASCAR console gaming, bringing about a wave of anticipation amongst the community.
iRacing President Tony Gardner expressed his excitement and privilege in acquiring the license for the simulation-style NASCAR console game. He said, "When the opportunity presented itself to acquire the license for the simulation-style NASCAR console game, a project we've dreamt about, we couldn't resist it." He further promised that they would leverage this privilege with the utmost care and work diligently with the NASCAR industry stakeholders to deliver an incredible gaming experience. The pledge echoes iRacing's commitment to meeting the expectations of the gaming community and NASCAR fans worldwide.
Before this development, the last simulation-style game carrying the NASCAR brand was NASCAR 21: Ignition, launched in 2021. The most recent game bearing the NASCAR brand, though not of the simulation-style racing genre, was NASCAR Arcade Rush. Developed by Team 6 Games Studios, this title was released just last month on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch. The history of NASCAR gaming has been rich, with various partnerships and game releases, the most notable being the eight-year relationship with 704Games, formerly known as Dusenberry Martin Racing.
In conclusion, the acquisition of the NASCAR gaming rights by iRacing signifies a promising future for simulation-style NASCAR console games. As the gaming and NASCAR community eagerly await the 2025 release, there is no doubt that iRacing's commitment to delivering a high-quality gaming experience will usher in a new era in the world of virtual motorsports. With a track record of success in their previous ventures, the gaming community can look forward to a thrilling and immersive NASCAR gaming experience in the years to come.