For the first time in 20 years, a licensed Le Mans game is on the horizon in the form of Le Mans Ultimate, the official game of the FIA World Endurance Championship. We know it’s coming to PC, but will Le Mans Ultimate be on PS5?
Helmed by the veteran sim racing team Studio 397 best known for rFacor 2, Le Mans Ultimate will let players tackle every circuit on the WEC calendar and experience the challenge of endurance racing.
Here's everything we know about Le Mans Ultimate on PS5.
Will Le Mans Ultimate be on PS5?
For now, there are no plans to bring Le Mans Ultimate to PS5. These plans may change, however. While Le Mans Ultimate will initially be PC-only, Studio 397 hasn’t ruled out the possibility of bringing it to PS5 in the future.
"We have had many comments about delivering on console and it could be an option at some stage depending on how well the game does.”
Sim racing games are more common on PC due to their complex physics engines and cutting-edge graphics. However, the surprise of Assetto Corsa and its sequel Assetto Competizione shows that sim racing isn’t only popular on PC - nearly 40% of Assetto Corsa’s sales were on consoles.
Simulating the demands of the epic 24 Hours of Le Mans on consoles won’t be easy, however, so the graphics may need to be downgraded on PS5 to improve optimisation. If Le Mans Ultimate comes to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, it will be the first time a game based on rFactor 2’s graphics and physics engine has launched on a platform other than PC.
Originally set for a December 2023 release, Le Mans Ultimate is racing onto PC on 20 February 2024. If it’s popular on PC, we expect a console release to likely follow in late 2024 or sometime in 2025. To get a taste of Le Mans Ultimate, you can watch the release date announcement trailer below.
When it arrives, players will hit the track in the full grid of WEC cars including the new Le Mans Hypercar class from the 2023 season, racing around iconic circuits including Monza, Spa, and of course the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans. An asynchronous race mode will also see you race with AI or your friends as a team at times that suit you.
We’re hoping Le Mans Ultimate will eventually come to consoles and bring the WEC to a wider audience.
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