ICYMI: This week in racing games - 21 October 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 a new Gran Turismo 7 update to the first look at Need for Speed Unbound cop chase gameplay, here’s everything happening in the world of racing games.

Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.25 adds four new cars and physics changes

Earlier than expected, Gran Turismo 7 received a massive update this week. Update 1.25 adds four new cars including the Maserati Merak SS ’80, which makes its Gran Turismo debut.

Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.25
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Joining the retro Italian sports car are the Mazda Roadster NR-A (ND) '22, Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 '18, and Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R (KPGC110) '73.

While there are no new tracks, the update also adds new Scapes locations, GT Café Menus, and World Circuits events. For more details, check out the Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.25 patch notes here.

Need for Speed Unbound Risk & Reward trailer shows off cop chase gameplay

With just over a month until the release of Need for Speed Unbound, EA treated us to a new gameplay trailer.

Need for Speed Unbound gameplay trailer
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This time, the latest trailer shows off Unbound’s intense cop chases and risk-and-reward gameplay, including a new betting system where you can bet on rivals to get larger cash rewards.

The Crew 3 rumours reveal new name and location

Need for Speed Unbound may not be the only open-world racer on the horizon – and we’re not talking about Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown. Considering it’s approaching its fifth anniversary, The Crew 2 is overdue a sequel.

The Crew 3 rumours
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The Crew 3 rumours are swirling, with reliable leaker Tom Henderson claiming the next game could drop The Crew branding and be renamed Motorfest. It will also reportedly be set on the Hawaii island of Oahu, but we’ll have to wait for official news from Ubisoft and Ivory Tower to validate these rumours.

In other news…

If you’re looking for a new wheel to get started in sim racing, Thrustmaster revealed the new T128 racing wheel and pedal set.

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Thrustmaster T128
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Slotting below the T248, the Thrustmaster T128 is a new entry-level wheel compatible for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox. Featuring smooth force feedback and an affordable price tag costing under £200, the T128 will go on sale later this month.

F1 fanatics and sim racing fans will want to head to London next month for the grand opening of F1 Arcade. Officially licensed by F1, the world’s first F1 Arcade will feature 60 motion F1 simulators powered by rFactor 2 as well as food and drink and a lavish venue inspired by the world of F1. 

F1 Arcade bar London
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We also got confirmation that WRC Generations will have crossplay support on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox, allowing players to race together on multiple platforms.

In other racing game news, Frontier Developments is working on the next F1 Manager 2022 update and rFactor 2 received a new Release Candidate adding improved single-player AI.

Stylish Inertial Drift: Twilight Rivals Edition has also suffered a last-minute delay until November and Tag Huer teamed up with Nintendo to design a luxury Mario Kart watch with an eye-watering price tag.

In case you missed it…

Seven months on, we look at why Gran Turismo 7 has failed to live up to expectations.

We also ask if Need for Speed Unbound is just a rehash of Need for Speed Heat and drive in circles in our NASCAR Rivals review for Nintendo Switch.

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