For a British racing game developer, Eutechnyx had alot on their hands when they signed on to create NASCAR The Game 2011. It was the first NASCAR game to hit video game consoles in over two years after EA Sports decided not to renew their exclusive license with NASCAR. For Eutechnyx, it wasn't necessarily a challenge, but it took a lot of hard work and constant feedback. Thousands of photographs, track data, and input from NASCAR (and all of the teams) helped build NASCAR The Game 2011.
After the game was released last March, many were wondering what would Eutechnyx do for NASCAR The Game 2012? Lets just say everything (including the title of the game) got a total facelift.
This morning, Eutechnyx and Activision, the publisher of the NASCAR The Game series, officially announced the sequel to NASCAR The Game 2011. Its called NASCAR The Game: Inside Line.
From what the press release tells us (which you can view below this article), fans will receive a more in-depth career mode where players go through the ranks in the Sprint Cup Series. They can earn sponsorships and upgrades in order to give them the best shot at winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Title. The game will also feature redesigned tracks (according to new track data) and a realistic race weekend that includes practice, qualifying, and the actual race itself (for both multiplayer and offline). The game will also provide fans will a more robust and improved online experience.
NASCAR Ranting and Raving spoke with Dave Thompson, the executive producer of the series, and he spoke about how proud he was of the announcement and building off the success of NTG: 2011 following constructive fan feedback.
“After many months of hard work by all at Eutechnyx, we’re especially proud about the announcement of NASCAR The Game: Inside Line today. Building on the success NTG 11, and with our very passionate fans helping to guide us, we believe NTG:IL is going to set a new benchmark for NASCAR games.”
If you want the latest information on all things NASCAR The Game, you can follow Dave Thompson on Twitter (@davet_etx).
NASCAR The Game: Inside Line will be released this fall on the Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. You can follow the latest developments of NASCAR The Game: Inside Line through Facebook and Twitter.
Stay tuned this month as I will have a post-announcement interview with Eutechnyx's Community Manager Neil Courtney. Neil will speak with yours truly about some of the new features being added to NASCAR The Game: Inside Line. If you are a fan of NASCAR video games, you won't want to miss this interview.
The official press release can be found after the jump!
ACTIVISION PUBLISHING AND EUTECHNYX
ANNOUNCE NASCAR® THE GAME™: INSIDE LINE
America’s Number One Motorsport Returns to Consoles This Fall
Santa Monica, CA – May 17, 2012 – Hop in the driver’s seat, buckle up, and start your engines because Activision Publishing, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and leading independent racing game developer Eutechnyx are pleased to announce NASCAR® The Game™: Inside Line. Bringing the true NASCAR experience to gaming consoles, the game will allow players to race with or as top NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, teams and cars, as well as feature all 23 officially licensed racetracks. NASCAR The Game: Inside Line is planned to launch Fall 2012 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Wii™ system from Nintendo.
"We set out to reinvent NASCAR gaming last year with NASCAR® The Game™ 2011 – and we’re very proud of it. With our continued enhancements to that game, and our very passionate fans helping guide us, we have an amazing platform to go to the next level with NASCAR The Game: Inside Line," said Dave Thompson, Executive Producer at Eutechnyx. "We’ve added a new in-depth career mode and robust online features that include realistic race weekends, and now aspiring drivers can rise up through the ranks, attract sponsors, and upgrade their car’s components in the quest to be the Sprint Cup Series Champion."
"The partnership between Activision and Eutechnyx produced last year’s widely successful NASCAR game experience," said David Oxford, Executive Vice President, Activision Publishing. "NASCAR The Game: Inside Line builds on that platform and adds a number of innovative, cutting edge features that will give NASCAR fans and gamers alike the chance to participate in the sport like never before."
Blake Davidson, Vice President of Licensing & Consumer Products at NASCAR and board member of NASCAR Team Properties, said, "The way Eutechnyx has integrated themselves into the sport has been amazing. From the fans to the teams, to NASCAR itself and now with our broadcast partners, they have been channeling that into something that evolves our NASCAR games into revolutionary interactive entertainment. We think the fans will really enjoy all of the new features Eutechnyx has incorporated into the latest game."
For more info on NASCAR The Game: Inside Line, visit the game’s Web site located at www.NASCARthegame.com, or follow along on Twitter (@NASCARTheGame) and Facebook (facebook.com/NASCARthegame). This game is not yet rated by the ESRB.
Eutechnyx is the world’s leading independent racing game developer. With a history spanning over 24 years, the studio has won numerous awards for its million-plus selling titles and garnered exceptional acclaim in the business sector. As well as its headquarters in the Gateshead (UK), the company has studios in Hong Kong, Chengdu (China), Charlotte (USA) and a publishing office in London (UK). For more information, please visit press.eutechnyx.com.
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