BTCC fans rejoiced when wen Motorsport Games announced the development of an officially licensed British Touring Car game in 2020. Originally slated for a 2022 release, the project hit a roadblock when it was mysteriously removed from the company’s release schedule, with a release date to be determined.
Now, Motorsport Games has broken the silence, announcing a new release window for the BTCC game.
BTCC delayed to 2024
In an update, Motorsport Games announced the BTCC game has been delayed until 2024. It’s going to be a long wait, but at least the project isn’t dead like we feared. The delay will allow Motorsport Games to leverage technology from recent rFactor 2 updates and KartKraft.
Motorsport Games says it wants to “optimise the user experience,” and “offer a better value proposition to the end user and enhance product differentiation within a robust racing games marketplace.”
“We are expanding our development efforts on the BTCC release to create the best experience possible for all players, with the full support from our partners at the BTCC. Both Motorsport Games and the BTCC are committed to bringing this famous and popular motorsport series to life within the virtual world,” said George Holmquist, Vice President of Publishing and Marketing at Motorsport Games.
“We remain excited by this project and look forward to the many activations and content releases we have planned for the BTCC game.”
Play BTCC at Fan Zone events
It’s going to be a long wait, but fans can get an early sneak preview of the BTCC game later this year. To help ease the wait, “BTCC Fan Zone events” will be set up selected BTCC events in the second half of the 2022 season, the Autosport International Show, and BTCC 2023 season events.
These events will have racing simulators with early playable demos of the BTCC game, enabling players to provide feedback to the developers. More content will be added in future demos.
Last month, the Infiniti Q50 and Toyota Corolla BTCC cars were added to rFactor 2. Motorsport Games confirmed that more BTCC is coming to rFactor 2, which will be used as a “test bed” in the run-up to the full release.
“While we understand that our fans are eager to get their hands on the BTCC game, I can assure them that the expanded development efforts that Motorsport Games is pursuing through the game’s 2024 launch will make it well worth the wait,” said Alan Gow, CEO of the BTCC.
“So, we invite all of our fans to attend activations at selected BTCC events later this year to get a first look and to provide their feedback, so as to help make the new BTCC game the very best.”