Exciting news today as Motorsport Games have revealed that an official IndyCar game is in development with a launch aimed at 2023, for XBox S/X, PS4/5 and PC.
IndyCar is without doubt one of the most exciting open wheel series out there. Effectively a spec series with the core deficiencies being the Honda or Chevrolet power unit, the cars make for close racing, with judicious use of tyres and fuel being the keys to success.
However, as a video game, IndyCar has seen a mixed level of support over the years, from the odd official game in the late 90’s the series for whatever reason wasn’t regarded as being able to support it’s own franchise. In recent times the best examples for IndyCar gameplay have been via iRacing and Project Cars 2, the latter in VR being a particularly impressive example in it’s own right.
The success and exposure of the video game brands ties pretty closely to the perceived success of the sport, which dropped from prominence for several years. However, in recent times with the stints from ex F1 drivers such as Fernando Alonso the profile of the series has continued to grow and finally the series will get it’s own game.
In terms of official comment, Motorsport Games have released the following:
“Motorsport Games and INDYCAR are thrilled to provide fans with a long overdue dedicated gaming experience,” said Dmitry Kozko, CEO of Motorsport Games. “After decades of world class racing, we cannot think of a more deserving league for a video game franchise. INDYCAR shares our commitment to bringing authentic experiences to motor racing enthusiasts. Fans can anticipate the NTT INDYCAR SERIES to meet the same level of excellence and immersive gameplay they expect from Motorsport Games.”
“Our partnership with Motorsport Games will bring the fierce competition of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES to a global gaming audience hungry for quality motorsports content,” said Mark Miles, President & CEO, Penske Entertainment. “Like the talent and depth of our field, INDYCAR’s universe continues to expand and grow rapidly. Motorsport Games is an industry leader with a track record of innovation and we know our fans will have 2023 and the debut of this new NTT INDYCAR SERIES video game circled on their calendars.”
“I am super excited our fans will be able to bring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES into their homes with this new video game franchise,” said Arrow McLaren SP driver Pato O’Ward. “This is such a great opportunity for fans to connect to our series even more, from watching us on the weekends to playing as us on their favorite tracks whenever they want.”
So, there’s clearly lots of potential if Motorsport Games get the tech, physics and experience right. More news when we have it.