Publisher Motorsport Games has confirmed that Nascar 21, the next entry in the Nascar racing simulation franchise, is currently being worked on. It won’t be a continuation of the Nascar Heat series, but is instead a brand new start.
The vice president of marketing George Holmquist revealed in an IGN interview that Nascar 21 will move away from Unity to Unreal Engine for better graphics, deeper customizations, additional accessibility options, and even more paint jobs.
“Using the Unreal engine just brings the graphics [and] the gameplay into more of a AAA style of game,” Holmquist stated. “More than the Nascar Heat franchise we’ve had before. I think that’s something our customers are looking for. If you’ve seen the screenshots at this point, it’s definitely a step up from our previous franchise.”
According to Holmquist, customization was a highly requested from fans of the series. The franchise has always encouraged deep car modifications, Nascar 21 will have more creative options. One example includes a dedicated paint booth for players vehicles.
Of course, the biggest adjustment is the switch from the Unity to Unreal. Nascar Heat 5, the 2020 entry, was built on the Unity engine. Instead of doing the bare minimum, Motorsports Games wanted to modernize the franchise.
“I think a lot of people think we took a risk changing engines,” Holmquist said. “We could have done what everybody else would have done, right? The easy route would have been to create [Nascar] Heat 6, add some quality-of-life features, sell it, move on, flip the game again and again and again. It’s just not what we want to do at Motorsport Games.
“Unreal isn’t going to go anywhere,” Holmquist added. “The rFactor physics aren’t going to go anywhere but get better. So we also look to the future; that every game iteration–either Nascar, BTCC, or so on–is going to get better and better. So this is our first flag in the ground.
“It’s very important for us to ensure this game is of a quality our users expect, and it’s a step up from the Heat franchise,” Holmquist concluded.
Nascar 21 doesn’t currently have a release date, though more details will likely be detailed soon. Launch platforms were also not discussed during the interview.