MotoGP 23: Release date, pre-order, career mode, riders & more

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MotoGP 22 was a great addition to the MotoGP video game series, but what's in store for MotoGP 23?

We're going to take a look at everything you can expect from Milestone's 2023 MotoGP video game.

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MotoGP 23 release date

We don't have an official release date yet for MotoGP 23. Given when previous games in the series have been released, it's pretty safe to assume MotoGP 23 will be launched in late April.

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In terms of platforms, it's not clear which systems MotoGP 23 will be launched on. It's certain that MotoGP 23 will be launched on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S, Nintendo Switch and PC via the Steam Store.

However, whether MotoGP 23 will be launched on old-gen as well isn't clear. We'd say that it's probable though, as these consoles' player bases are still way larger than the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox.

Price and pre-order bonuses

Pre-orders will likely be live for MotoGP 23 after the reveal trailer is out. For MotoGP 22, Amazon UK had a unique pre-order version with two exclusive customisable patterns for your race suit.

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When it comes to the price, we don't expect it to change much from MotoGP 22. The PS5 version of MotoGP 22 came in at £54.99 while the PS4 version was £40.00 at Amazon.

The Xbox Series X | S and One version was listed at £54.99 while the Switch version was £40.00. On PC, MotoGP 22 was available on Steam for £39.99.

Reveal trailer

Typically, the first official content we see for MotoGP games is the reveal trailer. Milestone usually does this a few months before the intended release date. So, going off that, we can expect to see the reveal trailer in February.

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Milestone will post this to their official channels. The reveal trailer could confirm a landmark new feature, last year's trailer gave us a glimpse into the innovative "Nine" season mode.

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The reveal trailer is usually followed by a gameplay trailer in March.

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Career mode

Managerial Career should return for MotoGP 23. This career mode allows players to create their own team or join a real one. You’ll manage every aspect of the team’s strategy, from bike development to hiring staff.  

The season can also be customised, allowing players to choose which Grand Prix they want to play from different calendars.

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To help newcomers, MotoGP 22 featured a revised tutorial mode. These short gameplay sessions had custom rules to help players understand the basics of the game.

The new MotoGP Academy also taught players how to improve their riding style and achieve faster lap times. A new Adaptive Difficulty System guided players with pop-up messages offering tips on adjusting the difficulty.

We expect all of these modes will make a return to the series to help the accessibility for newcomers.

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Riders & Teams

As this is the official MotoGP game for the 2023 season, all of the riders and teams are fully licenced in-game. This includes new champion Francesco Bagnaia, who stays with Ducati.

MotoGP 22 included over 120 official riders from the 2022 season, so we expect a similar number for MotoGP 23.

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Changes to the line-ups next year include Jack Miller heading to KTM, replacing Miguel Oliveira, who goes to Aprilia. Pol Espargaro transferred to GasGas, with Joan Mir heading to Honda to replace him.

Moto2 champion Augusto Fernandez is this season's sole rookie rider.

Calendar

After years of disruption, normality resumed in MotoGP's calendar last season. There are a number of changes from the 2022 calendar though, with new races making their debut for 2023 and old ones being discontinued.

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Two new rounds join the calendar for 2023, with Grands Prix in Kazakhstan and India for the first time ever. These will be held at the brand-new Sokol International Raceway and the Buddh International Circuit, respectively.

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BOOKENDER: Valencia is the final round of both the 2009 and 2022 seasons

There will be three rounds in Spain this season, as the Grand Prix of Aragon has been discontinued. Similarly, the Finnish Grand Prix is officially off, so there will probably be no Kymi Ring in this game.

So, there are 21 rounds in 2023 but there could be more circuits included in MotoGP 23 thanks to historical content!

Historical content

The Nine Season was an incredible addition to MotoGP 22. This lets you relive the 2009 season, one of the most memorable seasons in MotoGP history.

We don't know if this mode will be repeated or another similar game mode will be introduced for MotoGP 23, but we'd love another look back at a classic season.

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As for Historical tracks, Donnington, Brno and Laguna Seca have all been included in recent games. Tracks such as Estoril were added because of "Nine", so it's unclear if they'll make a return.