ICYMI: This week in racing games – 18 November 2022

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 unveiling of Thrustmaster’s new direct drive wheel to trouble at Motorsport Games, here’s everything you may have missed in the world of racing games this week.

Thrustmaster reveals direct drive wheel

After months of teasing, Thrustmaster is finally entering the direct drive wheel market with the T818. Currently only available for PC, the Thrustmaster T818 delivers a constant 10 Nm of torque and more precise force feedback than any other Thrustmaster peripheral.

Thrustmaster T818 direct drive wheel
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Priced at £599.99/€649.99/$649.99, it’s more expensive than the Fanatec CSL DD but cheaper than we expected given the immense power of the wheelbase.


With Logitech also unveiling the G Pro a few months ago, it’s great to see the direct drive wheel market becoming accessible to a wider audience.

The Crew Season 7

The Crew Season 7 is underway, with Episode 1 causing a storm. New weather effects see you racing against a destructive sand storm across the US, reminding us of Need for Speed: The Run. As always, the new Season adds new cars, Live Summits, and a Motorpass.

The Crew 2 Season 7 Episode 1
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Not only that, but the new Season introduces a host of quality-of-life improvements, including improved car handling and 60fps support for Xbox Series S. Thankfully, the update also fixes the PS5 graphical issues in performance mode.

GRID Legends Rise of Ravenwest DLC

Another DLC expansion has been released for the criminally underrated GRID Legends. Paying homage to past GRID games, the Rise of Ravenwest DLC expansion adds 11 new Driven to Glory story chapters chronicling the career of Ravenwest’s Nathan McKane, the antagonist of the GRID series.

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Additionally, the DLC adds four new cars and a classic track from GRID 2. With so much content on offer, now is a great time to jump in if you haven’t played GRID Legends yet.

In other racing game news…

Recent events at Motorsport Games are casting doubt on the officially licensed BTCC and IndyCar games.

Amid the company’s financial troubles, the entire board of directors have reportedly resigned from Motorsport Games.

rFactor 2 BTCC
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What this means for the BTCC and IndyCar games remains to be seen, but we won’t be surprised if they are either released exclusively as rFactor 2 content. Alternatively, the licenses may be sold to a different developer.

As we get closer to release, the Need for Speed Unbound trophy list has been revealed. With over 40 PS5 trophies to collect, there's plenty to keep trophy hunters occupied.

It’s been a rough start for WRC Generations on Xbox. Weeks after launch, players are still experiencing force feedback issues with supported wheels, despite a new patch deploying this week.

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WRC Generations
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Since then, KT Racing has announced when these force feedback issues will be fixed in the next update, so at least we now have a timeline.

A WRC Generations PC update improved the graphics thanks to Nvidia DLSS 3 support.

Rocket League Sideswipe is celebrating its first anniversary this week, with Season 6 adding a new Rocket Pass, free gifts, and the return of a fan-favourite LTM.

In a free PC update, Assetto Corsa Competizione received new 24 Hours of Spa and Indianapolis 8 Hours liveries from the 2022 seasons. Wreckfest also smashed its way onto mobiles in a remarkable port on iOS and Android.

Frontier Developments has revealed the first details on the next F1 Manager 2022 update, confirming that two major issues will be fixed.

Sony Pictures’ Gran Turismo movie has also started filming – but the first behind-the-scenes photo has angered fans.

In case you missed it…

Compared to Fanatec and Thrustmaster, Moza is a newcomer in the world of sim racing but is already making a name for itself. Find out how Moza’s latest high-end wheel stacks up against Fanatec in our Moza R9 wheel review.

Moza R9
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Roblox is taking the games industry by storm, allowing players to create their own games. We’ve been impressed with some of the racing games the platform has to offer – these are our picks for the best racing games you can play on Roblox.

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