An IndyCar video game will be coming in 2023!
It'll be published by Motorsport Games (the makers of rFactor 2) and include exclusive rights for IndyCar's esports series!
The world of video games hasn't been the most kind or forgiving to America's premier open-wheel racing series. Whilst Formula 1 has had official videogames for decades now, the last time IndyCar had a video game was almost 20 years ago! That's all about to change however, as Motorsport Games (the makers of rFactor 2) has just recently announced that it'll be developing a brand new IndyCar game!
The new game is scheduled to arrive by 2023 and it'll be a fully licenced, fully official game that'll aim to recreate the entire IndyCar season as faithfully as possible. This will hopefully include all the series teams and drivers as well as the huge variety of road courses, street courses, short ovals and super speedways that the real life IndyCar drivers experience during the season! As it's a Motorsport Games-developed title, it'll likely have a similar game engine and some similar gameplay to rFactor 2 and the Nascar Heat series. It's expected to be available on Xbox and Playstation at launch as well as PC.
As part of the deal, the IndyCar game will inherit exclusive rights for IndyCar's esports series. These new esports agreements may start as early as this year, although we'll have to wait until later in the year to see whether this is the case. Whilst those of us who had been driving the IndyCar chassis on more simulation-oriented platforms such as iRacing might be a bit miffed if esports becomes exclusive to the officially licenced game, it'll probably turn out for the best for the long run as it'll open up IndyCar's esports efforts to a wider base of sim racers who don't want to make the financial commitment to those more hardcore simulations.
"Motorsport Games and INDYCAR are thrilled to provide fans with a long overdue dedicated gaming experience," said Dimitry Kozko, Motorsport Games's CEO. "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 and CEO of Penske Entertainment, about the new IndyCar game. "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 Pato O'Ward, driver for the Arrows McLaren SP IndyCar team. "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."
The IndyCar game isn't the only new game title Motorsport Games has been working on behind the scenes either. Just last year it signed a long term deal with the British Touring Car Championship to produce a game for the series. The BTCC game will be released next year and it's intended to be a modern successor to the much-loved TOCA series of games.