You may remember that we covered the rebranding of NASCAR Heat Evolution developer Dusenberry Martin Racing (DMR) to 704Games at the end of March. We also mentioned that a sequel to NASCAR Heat Evolution was on its way and we now know that it will go by the name of NASCAR Heat 2 and will release on September 12 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
NASCAR Heat 2, a true evolution
As you may know NASCAR Heat Evolution did receive some mixed reviews and for its successor, 704Games and Monster Games want to take over the good things as a foundation and add new features and enhancements on top of that. The press release mentions “enhanced online multiplayer, a deeper career mode, track updates, additional drivers and other features in line with the 2017 NASCAR-sanctioned national series formats”.
Here is what Paul Brooks, CEO of 704Games and former NASCAR Senior Vice President, had to say on the new release.
We’re excited to continue our relationship with Monster Games for NASCAR Heat 2. This new game will have a very different look and an enhanced overall experience that reflects the insights of actual NASCAR drivers. Over the coming months, we’ll announce additional new features that we believe will really excite our fans.
Does the “very different look” maybe allude to a new graphics engine? Of course this is only speculation, but Italian developer Milestone for example went ahead and switched to the Unreal Engine 4 for its upcoming titles Gravel and MXGP3.
Richard Garcia, President of Monster Games, also added.
NASCAR Heat 2 improves on the strong racing foundation established in NASCAR Heat Evolution. We added a slew of new features designed to take NASCAR games back to their roots, while delivering an authentic racing experience for fans.
Cover athlete competition
Once again, 704Games has partnered with Toyota to determine the driver to feature on the game’s cover, by letting the community decide. A short trailer was also provided, which you can view above.
Head here and you will have the opportunity to vote for a selection of Toyota drivers that you want to compete for the place on the cover. First of the community-selected drivers to finish Stage 2 at the Monster Energy All-Star Race a day later will become the face of the game.
Paul Brooks said.
The inaugural Monster Energy All-Star Race is going to be one of the most entertaining weekends of the year. Being featured on the cover of a video game is an honor for any athlete. Teaming up with a forward-thinking partner like Toyota for the NASCAR Heat 2 Toyota Cover Race is a thrilling addition to up the stakes of the weekend and increase fan involvement.
More details are not available yet and are supposed to be revealed during summer on the game’s website and social media.
Below you can view some screenshots of last year’s NASCAR Heat Evolution and you can check out our first look here.