After weeks of rumours, iRacing confirms the purchase of Motorsport Games’ official NASCAR licence, with a console game on its way.
For several weeks, rumours surrounding the Motorsport Games NASCAR licence have grown to large proportions. An investor call in late-August highlighted the fact that the company would have to sell assets in order to make it to the end of the year.
Well, the rumours are seemingly true. Motorsport Games has just announced that the NASCAR game licence is officially transferring to iRacing. As the series’ official technical and simulation partner, there is already an existing relationship between the developer and organisation. But as of today, 5 October, iRacing becomes the official NASCAR game licence holder.
As part of the announcement, iRacing mentions that an official console game is coming in 2025. Joining iRacing‘s World of Outlaws: Dirt Racing, the title will release on consoles with PC and mobile titles also a possibility as part of the deal.
New NASCAR Game Era
Having spent a number of years in the hands of Motorsport Games, the official NASCAR game licence is now moving to iRacing. This represents a return to previous highs in NASCAR gaming. In fact, the Papyrus team behind icons like NASCAR Racing 2003 Season will now return to the licence’s helm.
In a press release, iRacing President Tony Gardner described the opportunity to create the next NASCAR game as “an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.” He also stated, “With all the NASCAR game experience, console experience, resources and technology assets we already have in place, we are in a fantastic position to hit the ground running building a great NASCAR game franchise on the various platforms.”
As part of the deal, Motorsport Games will continue to support its existing NASCAR titles through 2024. This includes NASCAR Heat 5, NASCAR 21: Ignition and NASCAR Rivals. Motorsport Games CEO Stephen Hood mentioned that the deal comes after a “thorough, strategic review.”
Hood finished off by stating “We will now concentrate our efforts towards delivering around other IP already in advanced development.” In fact, MSG is hard at work putting together the official FIA WEC game, Le Mans Ultimate. With this sale complete, past financial concerns will hopefully be put to rest, with a promising title on the way.
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