IndyCar to Receive a Video Game Adaptation in 2023

There are few things in life better than racing in a fast car. While driving one in a video game isn’t quite the same, it’s still got its benefits. Video games are the one place where car lovers can drive recklessly, get into a major wreck, and then walk away as if nothing happened. Fans of IndyCar will be delighted to learn that the well-known racing series is finally getting its own video game, although we’ll have to wait a while to get it.

IndyCar has a huge fan base

IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden during the Honda Indy 200
The IndyCar during the Honda Indy 200 | Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

There are many racing series out there now. While NASCAR is probably the most well-known in the United States, there are also races like Formula 1 and IndyCar, based in Indianapolis. 

IndyCar tends to stand out from the crowd thanks to its rather large range of tracks, including superspeedways, short ovals, street circuits, and permanent road courses. The cars can be changed based on the circuit, and winners aren’t necessarily crowned by who crosses the finish line first but by who has the most points at the end of the series. At that time, they are declared the NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion.

Car racing games have a huge following

Racing fans were delighted when they were able to participate on the small-screen, thanks to video games. Over the years, Formula 1 has gotten its own dedicated series, according to Jalopnik, but IndyCar also had one game called IndyCar Series in 2004. 

Since then, we’ve had other car racing hits like Flag to Flag, CART FURY, Driven, and NASCAR Heat. Each brings a different take to the world of racing but takes a bit of a learning curve to get really good at it. However, video game lovers can’t get enough of the segment and are eager for more as graphics and controls get better and better.

One thing that fans have been craving and haven’t gotten in a long time is a new IndyCar game. With different tracks, points required to win, and the option of team play, IndyCar stands out from other racing events. Now, thanks to Motorsport Games, that’s about to become a reality.

What can we expect from the new IndyCar game?

With the new game coming out, expectations are high, especially since there hasn’t been a new IndyCar game in over 17 years. According to Motorsport, “The esports license was entered into with an intent by the parties to the license to form an exclusive relationship to develop official esports INDYCAR SERIES events. The debut title is expected to launch in 2023 on Xbox and PlayStation consoles as well as PC. The partnership additionally includes an esports agreement that could kickoff as early as this year. Details on competitions that will feature NTT INDYCAR SERIES athletes are expected to be announced at a later date.”

So what will the game be like? Unfortunately, no major details have been leaked yet, according to IGN. Since the game won’t be released until 2023, it will most likely be a year before any finite details are known. However, in the press release from Motorsports, Dmitry Kozko, CEO of Motorsport Games, promised to deliver “authentic experiences.” This probably means the tracks will be varied, dangerous, and thrilling to drive across.

Additionally, another racing title headed for gaming consoles is NASCAR 21, according to IGN, which Motorsport Games will also put out. While fans are excited to hear this, it likely means the end of the much-beloved NASCAR Heat series. 

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