Will we see a WEC/Le Mans game this year?

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The WEC is the highest level of endurance racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans its premier event. So, it's surprising that we haven't seen a video game adaptation for this series yet.

It's been quiet on this front for a while, so it's worth asking the question, will we still get a WEC game in 2023?

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WEC & 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 2023 World Endurance Championship is comprised of seven events across three continents. Each one is at least 1000 km or six hours long, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans being the most prestigious.

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Le Mans is arguably bigger than the series itself and celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. This is the reason why Motorsport Games are aiming to replicate WEC and Le Mans in their own game in 2023.

Le Mans: the video game

The story of this game is one that's tied to lockdown. The first-ever Virtual Le Mans event took place in 2020 using the racing sim rFactor 2.

This event was massive by anybody's standards with unheard viewing figures for an esports meeting. Motorsport Games announced a year later in 2021 that they were working on a Le Mans game that's slated for a 2023 release date.

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However, we haven't heard anything regarding this game since and further potential complications have arisen.

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Motorsport Games' other projects

Motorsport Games are a relatively newly established game studio and don't have many titles under their belts. However, they've been hard at work, with several NASCAR titles already produced.

They've also bought rFactor 2 along with its original developers Studio 397. The problem, though, lies with another of their upcoming titles, IndyCar 23.

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IndyCar is another large racing series that hasn't had a video game adaptation in a long time. A game based on the 2023 has been confirmed to be in development by Motorsport Games.

This might not be an issue if these weren't new games, effectively built from the ground up. However, both could be based upon rFactor 2 and we know that the Le Mans game is.

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What a WEC game could include

If we get a full game for the 2023 WEC season, it will presumably include all of the tracks, drivers, teams and cars from the season. That means there will be seven circuits, all of which are familiar to racing gamers.

The seven are Sebring (USA), Portimao (Portugal), Spa (Belgium), Le Mans (France), Monza (Italy), Fuji (Japan) and Sakhir (Bahrain).

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As each car is shared between three drivers, there will be a lot to choose from. The full 2023 grid isn't confirmed yet, but there are some huge names on the roster already.

These include former champions such as Michael Christensen, Brendon Hartley, Sebastian Buemi and Andre Lotterer.

One of the unique things about WEC races is that there are several classes in each contest. With Hypercars, LMP2 and LMGTE cars all on the same circuit, the challenge of navigating slower competitors is huge.

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We can't wait to hear more about the Le Mans/ WEC game, as it'll be one of the most unique titles in recent years.

Consoles

When this game launches, it'll be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S and PC. Whether it'll also come out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One isn't clear, as some major series are moving away from the old-gen hardware.