Official BTCC Racing Game Details – Interview With Stephen Hood
www.gtplanet.net founder Jordan Greer, and his editor in chief, Andrew Evans interviewed Stephen Hood, who is an ex Codemasters creative director, and now president of Motorsport Games, the company currently developing the upcoming official British Touring Car Championship Racing Game.
During the interview, Steven talks about his gaming industry background and how the BTCC partnership came to be, but he also answers some of the heated questings debated by the Sim Racing community since the official announcement of the game.
A short summary of what we can expect from the BTCC game according to Stephen Hood:
- The game is scheduled to be released in 2022.
- The Game will not be a high-end hardcore racing simulation, but will also not be an Arcade game.
- The game will not be developed by 704 Games (The NASCAR Heat dev team).
- The game will be build using an existing third-party game engine. ( Confirming it is not UNITY)
- The game engine can deliver the graphics and physics fidelity as seen in Assetto Corsa Competizione.
- The game will most likely feature BTCC support series content. ( Not clear if this will be at release, or as an addon)
- The game might possibly feature laser scanned tracks. (Not confirmed)
- The game will feature an in-depth career mode in which you can build your own team.
- The game will feature classic BTCC content.
- The game might feature commentating by famous BTCC drivers. (Not confirmed)
- A playable Demo might be available close to release. (Not confirmed)
- More public info will be released in the near future. We will see more screenshots and behind the scenes footage.
Back in August 2019, we reported that it was rumored we might see a new TOCA racing game appear featuring British Touring Car Championship content, as Alan James Gow who is the Director and Administrator of the British Touring Car Championship had hinted that they would support the opportunity to relaunch the classic TOCA Touring Cars video game.
In May of this year, three-time British Touring Car Championship champion Matt Neal who is currently a driver of the Halfords Yuasa Racing team Honda Civic Type R confirmed the rumor that such a game is in development during a Facebook lockdown live session by Team Dynamics Motorsport.
At the end of July, the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) which can be regarded as Great Britain’s top Touring Car Series, officially announced a partnership with Motorsport Games that will lead to the release of a licensed BTCC racing game and eSports racing series in 2022.
About Motorsport Games
Motorsport Games is a division of the international Motorsport Network with its headquarters in Silverstone UK.
Their Games’ roster of products includes the NASCAR Heat video game franchises and eSports events such as the recent 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual ( rFactor2), eNASCAR Heat Pro League, The World Rallycross Esports Series (DiRT Rally 2.0), ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge (rFactor 2), #NotTheGP series ( F1 2019) and the Le Mans Esports Series (Forza Motorsport 7).
Motorsport Games will develop the official BTCC game for the new generation consoles, as well as the PC, and are also investigating the option to develop a mobile version of the game.
The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) was formed in 1958 and is Britain’s most popular motor racing spectacle with its race season ordinarily comprising ten events at top circuits across the UK. It is contested by professional racing drivers in competition versions of everyday road cars, giving it tremendous public appeal. Over 380,000 watch the BTCC trackside each year and it receives widespread UK terrestrial TV exposure on the ITV network, with all ten events broadcast live on ITV4, ITV4 HD, and itv.com.
Official Webpages – motorsportgames.com – www.btcc.net