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World of Outlaws Video Game Announces Update, When Will NASCAR Game Come?

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While NASCAR gaming continues to be in a state of flux, the World of Outlaws video game seems to be doing well. A trailer was just released for the 2023 update of World of Outlaws, set to be released on August 15, 2023, and it continues to raise some questions about the future of NASCAR gaming.

What is World of Outlaws Dirt Racing?

World of Outlaws Dirt Racing was released on September 26, 2022 with the Gold Edition currently available for $49.99 on the Xbox and Playstation stores. The game is available on Playstation 4, Playstation 5, XBOX One, and XBOX Series X. It features all different levels of World of Outlaws racing. In addition to three different classes of the iconic World of Outlaws winged sprint cars, players can race street stocks, dirt late models, and pro late models, with dirt modifieds and big block modifieds added via DLC.

It features all of the basic features of a racing video game including career mode, online multiplayer, race now, and championship seasons. A total of 44 tracks are currently featured, but only 14 licensed tracks are free to play with three tracks available via DLC and the remaining 27 free ones being fantasy tracks.

The game is a combined development effort between Monster Games and iRacing. Monster Games developed the original NASCAR Heat Series along with NASCAR: Dirt to Daytona, and they partnered with 704 Games to develop the most recent NASCAR Heat games between 2016 and 2020.

What is Featured in this Update?

According to worldofoutlawsgame.com, The World of Outlaws 2023 Update will be $29.99, and it will be released on August 15th. It features the typical driver updates along with updates to tracks as well as a totally new series.

The three new tracks featured will be Lernerville Speedway, Lincoln Speedway, and, the Chili Bowl. With the Chili Bowl being added, the game also brings in the midget car Xtreme Outlaw Series. Meaning that midget cars will now be added to the game in addition to the cars already featured. The update trailer also highlighted a Nintendo Switch version of the game which will be released on October 3rd.

If World of Outlaws can have a functional game, then why not NASCAR?

So, there is an obvious issue here. A dirt track racing series that draws maybe 10,000-15,000 people to their events, and whose broadcasts are behind a paywall, has a functioning video game getting a 2023 update. NASCAR on the other hand, has a broken current-gen console game with a past-gen console game broke by a recent update.

Obviously, the World of Outlaws game is far from perfect, and releasing an update rather than a new game is not ideal for a sport like NASCAR. However, how in the world can Motorsport Games not even get this basic sort of functionality down? It’s especially excruciating considering that Monster games once helped out with NASCAR games, and they are still developing racing games right now.

NASCAR 24 is nowhere near to happening, and the current state of Motorsport Games makes it all the more uncertain. If the World of Outlaws can have it, then why not NASCAR?

In the Stands

ElitePrecision29 wants Monster Games back.

Michael Mrucz says that Motorsport Games dreams of this type of update working.

At one point they were Devilgavin24….At one point they were.

I remember the Eutechnyx era DJ, oh I remember it well.

Juan Pablo’s Long Lost Brother wants iRacing to make NASCAR games.

It seems that this trailer has people feeling nostalgic for NASCAR with Monster games to some extent. If World of Outlaws can have a video game, then why not NASCAR?

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