Racing game maker Milestone is hard at work developing the latest iteration of MotoGP. Based on the 2020 FIM MotoGP World Championship, the upcoming game brings the drivers and the tracks of the season to the screen, including the new Finnish circuit Kymi Ring.
The most touted features include the return of the Managerial Career, dedicated low-latency servers, more capable AI, and more realism in tire wear, fuel consumption, and other areas. MotoGP 20 also has a renewed Historical Mode that allows the player to relive the history of the sport – and the pre-order bonuses add on to that.
TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 2 is an official simulation of the Isle of Man TT, which is widely considered to be the most dangerous motorcycle race in the world. The game faithfully recreates the 60km Snaefell Mountain course and offers 17 additional tracks on top of that.
New in TT Ride on the Edge 2 is an open world for testing out bikes and their upgrades without the pressure of competition. Developer Kylotonn also claims realistic motorcycle physics, more natural steering, and improvements to suspension, tyres, and brake temperature management. The game features several classic bikes, one of which will be included as a pre-order bonus for early customers – more on that after the jump.
Overpass is an off-road racing simulator developed by Swedish game company Zordix and published by Maximum Games. It allows the players to get behind the wheel of big-name buggies and quad bikes, and tackle extreme terrain like scree slopes and muddy bogs.
The game offers a career mode as well as local and online multiplayer. It includes more than 20 official vehicles from manufacturers like Yamaha and Textron, and over 40 tracks spread across 6 types of challenging environments.
Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 3 is a motorcycle racing game developed by Milestone and published by Square Enix in North America. Containing 100 riders from both 450SX and 250SX classes and 15 stadiums and tracks, it aims to faithfully recreate the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross season on TV and computer screens.
New in the upcoming game is a four-player co-op mode, a huge free roaming area with 9 tracks, and online multiplayer with dedicated servers and a Race Director Mode for creating custom online tournaments. The widely used Track Editor makes a return with additional aesthetic customization items.
Developed by Ghost Games and published by EA, Need for Speed Heat is an open-world street racer that commemorates the 25th anniversary of the franchise. The game promises an authentic representation of urban car culture and deep vehicle customization.
NFS Heat is set in Palm City, which hosts a sanctioned competition called Speedhunters Showdown during the day, and is home to illicit street races at night. In the former, drivers earn Bank, and in the latter they compete with their Rep on the line while trying to avoid being taken down by the city’s corrupt police force.
GRID is a wheel-to-wheel racer from Codemasters that follows Grid Autosport (2014) and reboots the series. It includes a large array of vehicle classes (Touring, Stock, GT, Tuner, Formula J, etc.), 12 racing locations with multiple tracks and varied weather, 6 race types, multiple career paths, and competitive multiplayer with up to 16 players online. Each AI driver has their own personality, and may hinder or help you during the race.
Ex-Formula 1 pilot Fernando Alonso not only worked on the game as a consultant, but is also present in the aptly titled Fernando Alonso Challenge, where players may race him in his Renault R26.
NASCAR Heat 4 is a racing game based off the 2019 NASCAR season that includes the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, and the Xtreme Dirt Tour.
Developer Monster Games and publisher 704Games promise the biggest visual and sound improvements in a decade, as well as new features like track map and unlockable paint schemes, smarter AI, drafting, and an enhanced Career mode.
The cover of the standard edition of the game features NASCAR champions Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart, while the Gold Edition stars Jeff Gordon. The contents of these editions are detailed after the jump.
WRC 8 is the official video game of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship, bringing 52 teams, 14 rallies, and 100 special stages to the screen. Developer Kylotonn promises better graphics, new physics for all road surfaces, dynamic weather conditions that affect driving, and a redesigned, more authentic career mode.
The game also offers an Online mode for competing with drivers from all around the world, weekly challenges, and of course annual eSports WRC competitions.
MXGP 2019 is the latest motorcross simulator from Italian developer Milestone. It includes all the season’s riders, bikes, and teams of MXGP and MX2 classes, allowing the player to experience official race events from all around the world.
The game comes with new modes, namely Track Editor, Waypoint, and the upgraded Playground training area. The long-requested Track Editor can be used to create custom tracks in four different landscapes (forest, dunes, hills, jungle) and share them with the community.
Wreckfest is a demolition derby racer from Finnish developer Bugbear Entertainment that is said to be a spiritual successor to their FlatOut series. One of Wreckfest‘s most touted features is the physics-based collision system that realistically affects driving depending on which part of the vehicle is damaged.
As the game is already out on PC as of June 2018, the pre-order details listed after the jump pertain to the upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launch.
F1 2019 is an officially-licensed racing game based on the 2019 Formula One World Championship. Developed by Codemasters, it is said to be “the most ambitious release” in the history of the franchise, and brings new features including, for the first time, a way for the player to personalize a 2019 regulation car for multiplayer races, and driver transfers between teams.
As this is the tenth installment in the F1 series, the developer is marking it off with an Anniversary Edition (which is actually the standard version of the game) as well as the Legends Edition, both of which are detailed after the jump.
Monster Jam: Steel Titans is a monster truck game based on the real-life motorsport event. Developed by Rainbow Studios and published by THQ Nordic, it includes 12 stadiums, a massive open world, and a variety of modes such as Head2Head, Freestyle, Waypoint, and timed destruction.
Thanks to a partnership with Feld Entertainment, Monster Jam Steel Titans puts the player behind the wheel of 25 of fan-favorite monster trucks including Grave Digger, Max-D, El Toro Loco, and others. According to the developers, the game boasts realistic truck physics and visuals.
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is a kart racing game developed by Beenox and published by Activision. It is a remaster of the classic PS1 title that was released back in 1999, and stars characters from the Crash Bandicoot series, who race against the alien Nitros Oxide to save their world from destruction.
The HD remaster includes the original game modes, characters, tracks, power-ups, and weapons, and adds new karts and tracks on top of that. There is also online play complete with leader boards and rankings.
DiRT Rally 2.0 is an off-road racing game from Codemasters. A spin-off of the main DiRT series from the save developer, it is generally considered more difficult and realistic, leaning towards simulation rather than arcade.
The upcoming installment includes challenging stages in six real-world locations (New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Australia, and the US), as well as a roster of over 50 historic and modern-day rally cars. As the official game of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, it also features eight official WorldRX circuits and licensed supercars.
The Grand Tour is an episodic racing game developed by Amazon Game Studios that is based on the company’s Prime Original show sharing the same name. It features the same cars, locations, and challenges as the first episodes of the show’s Seasons 1 and 2, as well as all of the upcoming Season 3. In other words, new episodes of the game will be released alongside the new season of the show.
The Grand Tour game also includes seamless transitions from clips of the show to gameplay, as well as original voice acting by the three hosts. Four-player split-screen mode is included for replayability.
GRIP: Combat Racing is an arcade combat racer developed by an indie studio Caged Element. The gameplay is inspired by the 90s title Rollcage, and it is worked on by one of its original programmers. Of course, technology has come a long way since then, and so GRIP runs on the latest-and-baddest Unreal Engine 4.
The game’s tracks are set on a variety of exotic planets, and feature destructible structures that can be used against one’s opponents. The pickups include not only power-ups, but all sorts of heavy weaponry as well. GRIP: Combat Racing offers both split-screen and online multiplayer.
Crayola Scoot is a family-friendly game involving – you’ve guessed it – scooters and paint. Players customize their character, perform tricks and splash their colors across the stage, upgrade their scooters, and challenge the Scoot Legends for the Crayola Color Cup on 12 parks across 3 worlds. The game supports four-player split-screen battles.
Crayola Scoot is developed by the British Climax Studios, and published by Outright Games for current-gen consoles and PC.
Forza Horizon 4 is a racing game developed by Playground Games and published by Microsoft exclusively for Xbox One and Windows 10. As it is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, a digital purchase for Xbox entitles one to a free Windows 10 copy (not available with boxed versions of FH4).
The game is set in Great Britain, and allows the player to drive more than 450 cars across its scenic landscapes. One of its most touted new features is dynamic seasons, which challenge the drivers with ever-changing dry, wet, muddy, snowy, and icy road conditions.
In contrast to the Forza Motorsport series, Forza Horizon tends to have a more relaxed, arcade-like atmosphere, and the latest installment is no exception to the rule. Much like its predecessor, it boasts an open world, this time shared between players, albeit still playable offline. There are also casual and ranked team multiplayer modes.
Dakar 18 is an officially-licensed racing game based on the annual cross-country rally of the same name. It is developed by Bigmoon Entertainment and published by Deep Silver. Like its real-world counterpart, Dakar 18 is set in South America and boasts a fully-explorable open world measuring over 5,000 square miles in size.
Players may pick from five vehicle categories, namely car, motorcycle, quad, truck, and SxS, and play alone offline or race with up to 7 others in fierce multiplayer competitions. A full roster of authentic teams, vehicles, and pilots is included, with one rally legend available as a pre-order bonus.
NASCAR Heat 3 is a racing game developed by Monster Games and published by 704Games that features officially-licensed NASCAR cars and drivers. Like with its predecessor, players may race in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
New in NASCAR Heat 3 is “Xtreme Dirt Tour”, a dirt oval racing mode featuring nine circuits eight of which were invented for the game, including dirt racing at Bristol Motor Speedway. Another addition to the career mode is that the players can now manage a team of up to four drivers across different series.