ICYMI: This week in racing games – 19 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.

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This week saw the much-anticipated release of LEGO 2K Drive as well as updates on Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown, Forza Motorsport’s release window and much more.

LEGO 2K Drive review

After a surprise announcement in March, LEGO 2K Drive has landed. 2K Games’ new kart racer is bursting with charm, with an explorable open world, humorous story and surprisingly deep car builder that will keep creators occupied for hours.

Is everything awesome in LEGO 2K Drive? Find out in our review.

Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown won't have buyable houses at launch

As we wait to see some actual gameplay, the third monthly Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown newsletter update dropped. The latest update confirmed a popular feature will be missing at launch: buyable houses.

Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown Solar Hotel
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Instead, players will stay at the Solar Hotel, which acts as the central hub for displaying cars, buying clothes, and changing their character’s appearance. This is disappointing, but KT Racing is considering adding this popular feature in an update after launch, so there’s still hope. 

Forza Motorsport release month leaks

Since Forza Motorsport was shown off at Microsoft’s Developer Direct show in January, Turn 10 has kept quiet about the anticipated Xbox racer. Forza Motorsport is on track for release in the second half of the year, but an Xbox insider has revealed the release month.

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According to MrMattyPlays, Forza Motorsport will release sometime in October. This is still a rumour, but if the leaker is correct, we’ll be playing Forza Motorsport around five months from now.

In other racing game news…

EA was supposed to reveal the second F1 23 deep dive focusing on Braking Point 2 and F1 World today. However, the next deep dive was postponed after the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was cancelled due to flooding in Italy.

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F1 23 Braking Point 2
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With the release now only two weeks away, Milestone has given a deep dive into what to expect in MotoGP 23’s redesigned career mode.

Off-road racer Overpass 2 was also announced and Trackmania landed on consoles two years after the initial PC release.

Ian Bell's GTR Revival also just got a lot more interesting, with Straight4 Studios joining forces with Automobilista’s Reiza Studios.

In case you missed it…

If you’re just getting stuck into LEGO 2K Drive, our beginner’s guide has essential tips and tricks to help you become a LEGO Speed Champion.

EA has confirmed F1 23 won’t support PSVR 2 – we explore why this is a massive missed opportunity. We also speculate if F1 23 can get the series back on track after last year’s lacklustre entry. 

LEGO 2K Drive isn’t the only new open-world racer. Last week also saw the release of TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 3. Both games have open worlds, but they couldn’t be more different.

Whereas LEGO 2K Drive is fun for all ages, Ride on the Edge 3 is perpetually punishing. Find out our verdict in our TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 3 review.

As always, you can check out our weekly guides on Forza Horizon 5’s festival playlist, photo challenge and treasure hunt, as well as the latest GT7 Daily Races.

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