Stock automobile racing has a new engine — Unreal 4 — with NASCAR 21: Ignition, and it will get a close-up in this gameplay trailer Motorsport Games launched throughout Gamescom 2021. The first take a look at the sport’s automobiles shows presentation and element that Ignition’s predecessor, the NASCAR Heat sequence, would battle to satisfy with the Unity engine.

NASCAR 21: Ignition is a from-the-ground-up effort, Motorsport Games chief govt Dmitry Kozko instructed Polygon earlier this month. The new publishing label (a subsidiary of’s publishing firm) picked up the NASCAR franchise final 12 months. This 12 months’s sport makes use of Unreal 4 in addition to Studio 397’s proprietary physics package deal for the rFactor 2 racing simulation on PC.

Visual constancy isn’t the one high quality NASCAR followers are searching for right here. Motorsport Games mentions that the Fords, Chevys, and Toyotas in the Cup Series will race with totally different aerodynamics packages — for superspeedways, midsize ovals, quick tracks, and highway programs, for instance. I could also be late to the social gathering, however this feels like a primary for me, inside the NASCAR video games on fashionable platforms, anyway.

Motorsport Games is also giving consideration to car setup, acknowledging that a whole lot of that knowledge is super-secret proprietary stuff that drivers received’t allow you to take a look at, even when they’re buyers in your studio (as Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski are). NASCAR 21: Ignition goes to pay shut consideration to a vital element of online game race-planning and technique, however Motorsport Games guarantees it would nonetheless be one-button simple for individuals who don’t want that sort of constancy.

NASCAR 21: Ignition launches Oct. 28 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, with upgraded variations for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X launching later (free to those that purchase the previous console’s model).

This is a license that has struggled to attract consideration from customers, or AAA-level funding from publishers, however appears critical about making this work, no less than. We’ll discover out when the sport launches, significantly because the depth and class of profession modes or different options received’t be recognized till then. But it already appears to be much more polished and rendered than the Heat sequence, which by no means appeared like a lot, however did have robust racing gameplay.