NASCAR is the prime automobile racing agency in the world. Although it may not be as popular as Formula 1 now, it still has a lot of fanatics. In the modern world, any sport which has fanatics is bound to have a game and NASCAR is no exception. The racing games based on the sport have become a very important part of gaming culture. We have seen some amazing games since the 80s with the peak coming in the PS2 era. However, the series is encountering a lot of problems now and a change might allegedly be coming soon.
According to the sports video game reporter, Mike Straw, NASCAR is apparently looking to get out of its contract with Motorsport Games and move to a different developer. Multiple sources have supposedly told the editor of Sports Gamers Online that this news is correct. Recently, a contract agreement between Motorsport Games and NASCAR took place, after the company acquired a 53.5% equity in 704Games. We saw the first game of this new collaboration in the form of NASCAR Heat 5, which didn’t release to a good reception.
BREAKING: Multiple sources have told me that #NASCAR is actively looking to get out of its agreement with Motorsports Games, and move the NASCAR game license to a different developer & publisher. $MSGM
— Mike Straw (@MikeStrawMedia) April 14, 2022
We saw the first real NASCAR game from Motorsport Games last year. NASCAR 21: Ignition came out just recently on October 28, 2021, and this is where the problems start. The game did not get a good reception at all from critics who slammed the game. Everything from the gameplay to the huge amount of bugs got flack. So, it’s not hard to see why NASCAR has lost some trust in the developer.
NASCAR 21: Ignition was a failure on all fronts and something terrible like that isn’t acceptable for anyone. NASCAR looking for a way to move to another developer is no surprise. Although there have been a lot of bug fixes released in the game post-launch, it’s still very underwhelming. We don’t know for certain who this new developer could turn out to be. As of now, this is just a rumor but one that could turn out to be true. Only time will tell what comes out of this ordeal.
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