ICYMI: This week in racing games – 11 November 2022

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Welcome to Rear View Mirror, your weekly racing game news roundup. Get up to speed on all the latest racing game news from the past week. From the demise of a beloved to a new F1 Manager 2022 update, here’s everything you may have missed in the world of racing games this week.

End of the road for Project CARS

It’s the end of the road for Project CARS.

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In a big blow for racing game fans, GamesIndustry.bz revealed this week that EA is not only cancelling Project CARS 4 but also scrapping the franchise because it’s “unlikely to become a successful game or fit in with the rest of the publisher's racing portfolio.”

Project CARS 3

Project CARS 3 disappointed fans with its arcade-style gameplay, but Project CARS 4 was set to return to its sim racing roots. Sadly, we'll never get to see how this would have panned out. What a waste of potential.

F1 Manager 2022 update brings improved car models and bug fixes

A new F1 Manager 2022 update arrived this week, with update 1.10 bringing improved car models resembling their real-life counterparts more closely along with fuel usage fixes. You can find a full list of changes in the F1 Manager 2022 update 1.10 patch notes.

F1 Manager 2022

Although Frontier Developments doesn’t plan on introducing any new major gameplay features, this won’t be the last F1 Manager 2022 update. Frontier is working on fixing issues affecting DRS in races and unlapping behind the Safety Car in the next update expected to arrive later this year.

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Need for Speed Unbound gameplay trailer showcases new Takeover mode

With the release fast approaching, EA released a new gameplay trailer for Need for Speed Unbound.

Need for Speed Unbound Takeover

This time, the latest trailer introduces us to Takeover, a new stunt driving mode where you earn points for drifting, jumping, and smashing collectables to reach high scores and impress A$AP Rocky.

In other news…

This week marked the start of the Forza Horizon 5 Donut Media Series. Along with four new reward cars, a new Horizon Story, and the Donut Media Test Track as a new location, the update also brought bug fixes and enhanced ray tracing for PC players - more details can be found in the patch notes.

For PC sim racers, rFactor 2 received a substantial update this week with the Q4 Content Drop bringing four new tracks, two new cars, and AI improvements among other fixes.

Assetto Corsa Competizione
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After a long wait, Assetto Corsa Competizione Challengers and American Track Packs are now available for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, matching the PC version.

As much as we’ve been enjoying WRC Generations, it’s not been a smooth launch on Xbox. After the Fully Loaded Edition failed to unlock, the wheel support is broken on Xbox with players reporting a loss of force feedback and crashing issues. KT Racing has issued an update on when an Xbox patch is expected to arrive to fix these issues.

WRC Generations

Popular sim racer Jimmy Broadbent is also running his annual charity race raising money for mental health charity Mind – find out how you can support this good cause here.

In other racing game news, the creator of Art of Rally has teased their next racing game project – and it looks like a new F1 game.

In a surprise bit of casting news, a famous pop star and Fast & Furious actor have joined the Gran Turismo movie cast.

In case you missed it…

Following the death of the franchise, we look back at the Project CARS series and why it’s a massive loss for sim racing.

With KT Racing losing the WRC license, we also discuss why it's time for V-Rally to return.

F1 Authentics is an auction website endorsed by F1 that sells authentic Formula 1 parts used on the track and gear worn by drivers. However, its legitimacy is under question with numerous users reporting they received items different from what they ordered.