ICYMI: This week in racing games – 21 April 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 as we approach the finish line at the end of the week.

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 a massive Assetto Corsa Competizione update, an update on Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown, and a new game leak.

Assetto Corsa Competizione update 1.9

Assetto Corsa Competizione received arguably its most important update yet. Update 1.9 brings numerous physics changes to the suspension and tyre behaviour, so you may need to readjust your existing setups.

Assetto Corsa Competizione update 1.9 Ferrari 296 GT3
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On top of that, update 1.9 also coincided with the 2023 GT World Challenger DLC Pack, which adds three GT3 race cars and Circuit Ricardo Tormo. If you haven’t tried Assetto Corsa Competizione in a long time, now is the perfect time to jump back in.

F1 23 closed beta announced

While we’re still waiting patiently for EA to show off F1 23, some lucky fans can play the game early.

F1 23 beta
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EA is hosting an F1 23 closed beta, allowing players to try this year's F1 game ahead of release and give Codemasters vital feedback.

You can find out more about how you can sign up to the F1 23 beta here. 

First look at Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown’s Hong Kong Island

With no gameplay footage available years after its announcement, Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown is shrouded in secrecy. To help ease the wait, KT Racing gave a deep dive into TDUSC’s Hong Kong Island map.

Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown Hong Kong Island
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Recreated in 1:1 scale, Hong Kong Island looks stunning in the screenshots with a staggering level of detail and an impressive variety of environments. We can’t wait to explore every inch of this world.

In other racing game news…

F1 23 still hasn’t been revealed, but EA has confirmed this year’s F1 game will launch on PS4 and Xbox One. This is surprising after EA’s Need for Speed Unbound skipped last-gen platforms and raises concerns that the current-gen games will be compromised.

F1 23 taser
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After Hot Wheels Unleashed recently reached over two million sequels, a sequel seemed inevitable. Well, it looks like a sequel is happening.

This week, a user on Instagram spotted a diecast Twin Mill sporting a Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged logo, seemingly confirming a sequel is in the works. If so, it will be interesting to see how Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 stacks up against LEGO 2K Drive. 

You can also test drive the new Lamborghini Revuelto in Asphalt 9: Legends ahead of its real-world launch.

Milestone also made the surprise announcement that RIDE 5 is coming this year to give TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 3 some competition.

In case you missed it…

Ahead of its release in June, we’ve been hands-on with MotoGP 23 to find out how Milestone’s latest bike racer is shaping up.

We also speculate when F1 23 is likely to be revealed.

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