In the last few years, Video game soundtracks have come a long way. In yesteryear, something that could be considered a soundtrack started out as a simple custom-made tune to ad some atmosphere to title screens. These days, Music has become an integral part of the video game experience. Granted, this is not always the case for the simulation genre, but since the borderlines between racing games and racing simulations are fading with every release, music soundtracks might find their way to our hobby.
Game soundtracks can either be originally created or licensed. Needless to say, the licensed music route is beneficial for both the game publisher and the Music publisher, as promotion of the respective products will result in a lucrative gain of revenue in both markets. For music rights holders, the massive popularity and growth of the gaming industry make it the perfect platform to further promote their products, while the game publisher in its turn can add some bling, status, and visibility to its releases.
Tomorrow, Motorsport Games will officially release the NASCAR 21: Ignition game. This can be considered as a good example of a licensed soundtrack used in a title that is aimed at both the racing game and racing simulation market.
NASCAR 21: Ignition Soundtrack
Back in the Saddle – Aerosmith
Boom – X Ambassadors
Chasing Down a Good Time – Randy Houser
Circles – Tim Dugger
Cold As You – Luke Combs
Keep Up – Ryan Kinder, Robert Randolph
Love Race – Machine Gun Kelly feat. Kellin Quinn
Natural – Imagine Dragons
No Son Of Mine – Foo Fighters
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Tied Down – Larry Fleet
Trouble’s Coming – Royal Blood
Up In The Sky – Milo le Miche
What We Came To Do – Outskrts
While the impressive soundtrack of the game is nothing less than brilliant work by the licensing team, the game itself currently seems to be in a slightly less fortunate state.
The Early Access version of NASCAR 21: Ignition was received with a number of mixed or negative reviews, pointing out a substantial number of issues with the game. Motorsport Games, therefore, communicated that they will release a day-one patch trying to resolve the most urgent shortcomings. The development team furthermore stated that they are committed to resolving all current and future issues. A second patch is currently in review with a third patch in the making.
But let’s not point the finger at Motorsport games. With the tight deadlines, investor and community pressure, and the pre-order systems in use, we see day-one bugs in just about any release these days. Lets keep our final verdict on hold, until the dev team had a chance to fix what needs to be fixed.
Thank you for being part of our early access launch day for #NASCARignition!
We have received reports of a number of issues in the current release and are actively working on updates to resolve these issues and improve the game experience for everyone as quickly as possible. pic.twitter.com/CgFye3uVyn
— NASCAR 21: Ignition (@NASCARignition) October 26, 2021
Back in May, the American Publisher and eSports ecosystem provider Motorsport Games Inc. acquired Studio 397 and with it the rFactor 2 racing simulator. Alongside the takeover, the company announced an upcoming reboot of the NASCAR video game franchise, due for release later in 2021.
NASCAR 21: Ignition, developed and published by Motorsport Games, redefines the official video game of the world’s most popular stock car racing series. The simulation is powered by Unreal Engine and Studio 397’s highly-acclaimed rFactor physics engine, giving users a more authentic driving experience, immersive gameplay, dynamic AI, and stunning visuals.
The game is complete with official drivers, teams, and tracks from the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series, including broadcast quality pre-race build-up and post-race replays. All broadcast voice-over work will be provided by MRN Radio, the Voice of NASCAR. Drivers have been face-scanned into the game to provide their realistic representations, with heightened attention to detail regarding tracks, grandstands, and pit experiences.
The handling of the car is a direct representation of how it feels to drive one of these incredible machines, complete with updated track-specific aero/horsepower packages that represent the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule. This puts you in the heat of the action as the green flag drops, while a full suite of driver assists make the game accessible to new racers.
This newest installment in the officially licensed NASCAR gaming franchise will launch on October 28, 2021, on Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, and PC through the Steam store.
NASCAR 21: Ignition will have a free upgrade path for the Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X/S post-launch, with free downloadable upgrades available for other users as well.
Official Webpages – www.motorsportgames.com – motorsportgames.com/games/nascar-ignition