Not content with throwing together a NASCAR game at the last second (unlike last year’s effort), a new studio has purchased the rights to make a game series out of the popular left-turn simulator. As Eutechnyx says goodbye, DMi Games president Ed Martin reveals in an open letter that his new company now owns the rights, going back to January 1 of this year.
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“It is a deal that had been in the works for several months,” Martin explains. “But it was something that could not be disclosed until everything was finalized. And by ‘everything’, I mean a very long and complex set of negotiations and agreements. Just to give you some context, a contemporary NASCAR video game has over 1,000 licensed and approved properties in it. That’s a lot of stakeholders and people to get organized!
“We are already hard at work on several new games including an all-new NASCAR racing sim created by DMi for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC that we expect to release in 2016. Stay tuned for further information on that and other DMi games coming your way!”
“Several new games” is fairly telling in an open letter to NASCAR game fans. While it could mean that the newly-minted studio will be working on games outside racing altogether, what would be sincerely great is to play a new racing game in an arcade style. The last time I got to experience a racing title that brought a unique perspective for what it means to race cars was Split/Second, and its destructive angle used to defeat opponents captured something even the Burnout series couldn’t quite nail down.
With the recent released of Forza Horizon 2 and The Crew, the need isn’t absolutely as strong as possible, but with the star power that comes from licensed cars, a NASCAR game that goes beyond going really fast in the same oval for lap after lap should bring something fresh to the table.
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