NASCAR Already Looking to Ditch the Motorsports Games: Report

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when NASCAR 21: Ignition It was released late last year, and it immediately became clear that something wasn’t right for it. This was the first NASCAR video game developed from scratch by Motorsport Games, the junior publisher Gone in a tear In recent years to grab a range of exclusive licenses – from the pinnacle of motor racing to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, IndyCar and the British Touring Car Championship. The product was, to be fair to say, suboptimal. And now NASCAR is said to be trying to escape from motorsport, according to an industry insider.

Motorsport Games has begun the acquisition of NASCAR Heat Publisher 704Games in 2018. This series is developed by Monster Games, which Motorsport Simulations acquired in January. With NASCAR 21: IgnitionThe series has moved to a new one r factor 2Impressive results-driven engine.

The sport is said to be unhappy with the game, and so are many players – The PS4 version is currently at 53 on Metacritic. This, combined with the publisher’s financial struggles, has convinced NASCAR that it needs to vacate its existing agreement as soon as possible. Like Michael Straw of Sports Gamers Online writes:

Multiple sources have told SGO that NASCAR is actively looking at ways to exit its current agreement with Motorsport Games. Sources say NASCAR wants to bring its license to a different publisher and developer within the next two years.

“NASCAR is not happy,” said the source. “There’s a reason they don’t even promote their game on any broadcast. It’s because they don’t want to be associated with a broken game like NASCAR 21.”

If you want a better understanding of how to “break down” NASCAR 21 He – or at least was at launch – keep in mind that one of the triggers was hostage in the pit stop for Nine and a half hours, after being moved from the track to the pits randomly. The game also launched without support for stages, which are a must-have for any modern NASCAR title. It has since been corrected in a file Post-release updateBut it nonetheless left a spoiled first impression on the players.

Straw wrote that since NASCAR’s exclusive deal with Motorsport Games barely began and ends “in the late decade,” breaking free from it won’t be easy.

While NASCAR may want to get out of the agreement, it won’t be that easy. It’s not just an issue of one side deciding to cancel and move forward. NASCAR will have – and is working on – to build a case to file to justify early termination.

While Motorsport Games simply refers to the current agreement expiring in the late decade and uses logic such as moving to an entirely new game engine for the problems of NASCAR 21: Ignition, NASCAR itself will have to deliver more than that.

2021 was not a bright year for Motorsport Games, which belong to the broader Motorsport Network media empire that includes Motor1 and The gaming department lost $33.7 million and admitted it Last financial report 2 weeks ago It does not believe that “the existing cash flow will be sufficient to finance its operations for at least the next 12 months”.

This has to do with the likes of IndyCar and Automobile Club de l’Ouest which operates the 24 Hours of Le Mans, both of whom recently collaborated with Motorsport Games. The The highly anticipated IndyCar game Targeting the 2023 edition, as well as the Le Mans title. All of these games are first iterations of the annual franchises too, which means getting them out of the house in a short amount of time and in polished form would be a painstaking effort, like NASCAR 21 It has been explained. Jalopnik has reached out to NASCAR to gain insight – However, since this is a report, we won’t hold our breath to confirm.

Update April 15, 2022 2:34 PM ET: NASCAR responded to Jalupnik’s request with the following comment:

“NASCAR and Motorsport Games have a longstanding relationship in place, and our partnership status continues to be well positioned.”