ICYMI: This week in racing games – 05 May 2023

Welcome to Rear View Mirror, your weekly racing game news roundup. Join us as we shift into reverse and look back at the last week of racing game news.

Want to know everything that happened in the world of racing games this week? Our latest weekly roundup will get you up to speed.

This week saw the much-anticipated reveal of F1 23 as well as a first look at the Gran Turismo movie trailer.

F1 23 revealed – Braking Point is back

After a rather protracted teaser campaign focusing on the fictional Konnersport Racing team car, we finally have the first confirmed F1 23 details.

F1 23 Braking Point
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One of the most welcome changes is a new handling model. Codemasters has improved the physics to make the handling more refined for controller users.

As expected, the popular Braking Point story mode last seen in F1 2021 is returning. This time, Aiden Jackson and former rival Devon Butler are joining forces as teammates for the fictional Konnersport Racing team.

There are other surprises too such as the return of Red Flags in an official F1 game for the first time in nearly a decade. The new Las Vegas circuit will also be in F1 23 at launch so we won't have to wait for a post-launch update to race around the brand-new US street circuit.

For more on F1 23, check out our main F1 23 hub.

First Gran Turismo movie trailer drops

Ever since it was announced, we’ve been eager to see footage of the Gran Turismo movie. This finally happened this week with the release of the first Gran Turismo movie trailer.

Directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9), the movie is based on the remarkable true story of Jann Mardenborough, who became a professional racing driver after winning the 2011 GT Academy competition.

From the trailer, the Gran Turismo movie is looking better than anyone expected. The racing action looks visceral, but some of the story beats look formulaic. Will you be watching Gran Turismo’s movie adaptation when it races onto the big screen this August?

Rocket League celebrates May the 4th

Every Star Wars fan knows that May the 4th is Star Wars Day. To celebrate, Droid Packs arrived in Rocket League featuring Star Wars-themed cars inspired by iconic characters from BB8 to C3PO.

Rocket League Droids Pack
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These are the droids you’re looking for!

In other racing game news…

With the release of TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 3 fast approaching, Nacon has revealed the Open Roads Map in a new trailer.

Ride on the 3 lets you explore more than 200km of roads in the Isle of Man, where you can test your skills and discover challenges.

Will it be the Forza Horizon of bike games? You’ll have to wait for our full Ride on the Edge 3 review next week to find out.

In case you missed it…

If you want a visual recap of everything you need to know about F1 23 following the announcement, you can watch our video below.

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