What you need to know
- Motorsport Games has finally revealed NASCAR 21 Ignition, the replacement for the NASCAR Heat series.
- The new game incorporates the physics engine from rFactor 2
- Xbox Series X owners will get a post-launch upgrade
The yearly NASCAR release from Motorsport Games has finally been revealed after a bit of teasing in recent times and it’s a massive step forward for fans of America’s stock car series. The Heat series of old has gone away and has been replaced by an all-new franchise, beginning with NASCAR 21 Ignition.
“Motorsport Games is thrilled to offer our most true-to-life simulation of NASCAR to date with NASCAR 21: Ignition,” said Dmitry Kozko, CEO of Motorsport Games. “We’ve designed this game with our fans and players in mind, bringing them features, modes and options they have long clamored for. NASCAR 21: Ignition captures the atmosphere, pageantry and fierce competition of the NASCAR Cup Series, while offering authenticity, competition and accessibility through the game’s core foundations.”
NASCAR 21 Ignition will be the most realistic entry yet away from the racing, too. All the official tracks, cars, and drivers are back, with the drivers being digitally scanned with additional detail promised for pit road and the grandstands, too. For a race day experience, the folks at MRN Radio are providing the in-game voiceovers with “broadcast quality” build-up and post-race replays promised.
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Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 owners will also get enhanced versions of the game to play for free, though these will be released after launch. It looks as though the cosmetic-based season pass from the Heat series will return, bringing a host of different liveries throughout the life of the game and other “free upgrades” for owners of any version of the game.
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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. The season pass will release additional paint schemes and three other NASCAR legend drivers.
We’re promised more information in the run-up to launch, but already I’m really excited for this. I love the NASCAR Heat series, but it’s never been a serious sim that could take on the likes of iRacing. Whether the rFactor physics engine is as good as that is a debate for another arena, but it will make a noticeable change to the official NASCAR games going forward. I did also ask Motorsport Games if the Next Gen car, launching in 2022, would be coming to Ignition, but they have nothing to share at this time.