ICYMI: This week in racing games – 24 March 2023

Welcome to Rear View Mirror, your weekly racing game news roundup. Shift into reverse and catch up on the biggest racing game news stories that hit the headlines this week.

This week saw the surprise reveal of a new open-world LEGO racing game, Need for Speed Unbound’s first major DLC update, an F1 23 teaser from a Formula 1 driver, and much more.

Here's your latest weekly racing game news roundup.

LEGO 2K Drive revealed

In what was the biggest surprise of the year so far, 2K Games, best known for the WWE 2K and NBA 2K sports franchises, revealed a new open-world LEGO racing game set to rival Mario Kart.

Lego 2K Drive
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The first LEGO racing game in over 20 years, LEGO 2K Drive looks like a riotously fun family-friendly racer, with a colourful open world featuring multiple biomes and challenges to discover coupled with over 1,000 LEGO customisation pieces allowing you to build your own car brick by brick.

Perhaps most surprisingly of all, LEGO 2K Drive is out in just two months and is penned for a 19 May release on all current- and last-gen platforms.

Need for Speed Unbound Vol 2 update

After launching four months ago, Need for Speed Unbound received its first major DLC update this week.

Need for Speed Unbound Vol 2 update
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Better late than never, the Need for Speed Unbound Vol 2 update brings cop chases to the online multiplayer alongside new cars and online game modes.

Unbound’s multiplayer was undercooked at launch, and so it's no surprise that this is the main focus in the Vol 2 update.

Supercars could return in F1 23

EA has yet to announce F1 23 yet, but Charles Leclar might be hinting at supercars returning in F1 23.

Charles Leclerc Ferrari 488 Pista F1 23
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The Ferrari driver shared a photo of his black Ferrari 488 Pista promising “more to come @easportsf1”, suggesting F1 23 will have an expanded supercar roster.

In other racing game news…

It’s no secret that Assetto Corsa 2 is in development. But thanks to a financial earnings report, we now have a clearer idea of the release window.

The wait for this year's WRC game could be over soon, as a reliable leaker claims WRC 23 is “ready to launch” with an announcement reportedly coming “very soon” from Codemasters.

WRC 23 could be announced soon
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Playground Games also revealed the Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure achievement list ahead of the expansion’s launch next week and Assetto Corsa Competizione received a console update adding the 2022 GT World Challenge season liveries

Arcade racing fans rejoice: Ridge Racer has returned on PS5. Well, sort of – one of the best Ridge Racer games is now playable on PS5.

In case you missed it…

Need for Speed Unbound has finally had a DLC update, but is the Vol 2 update too little too late? We went hands-on with the update before it launched to find out.

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