NASCAR pulling into Activision's pit?

Online reports claim Eutechnyx will develop game based on wildly popular racing circuit for megapublisher, to launch on Wii, PS3, and 360 next February.

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What we heard: Last September, EA Sports president Peter Moore confirmed to GameSpot that Electronic Arts was letting its long-held NASCAR license lapse. Today, game-industry site Gamasutra cites "sources close to the situation" that EA's archrival, Activision, will publish the next installment in the series.

Activision and Eutechnyx may be readying the next NASCAR game.

The report was also backed up by a less reliable outlet--a post on the EA Sports forums. Poster N0Fear88, a two-year veteran of the site, claims another "inside source" at NASCAR said the title was in development for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii and would be released two weeks before next February's Daytona 500.

In late August, British developer Eutechnyx, the studio behind the racing games Ferrari Challenge and Big Mutha Truckers, accidentally tipped its hand by posting the forums for NASCAR 2011. (The google cache showing the page can be found here; the logo is below..) It is unclear at which of Eutechnyx's four studios the game will be developed. The Gateshead, UK-based shop also has operations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as Chengdu and Hong Kong in China.

The official story: Activision reps had not yet responded to comment as of press time. Bogus or not bogus?: Signs point to not bogus. Activision has repeatedly stated its desire to break into the racing genre, which it tried to do in May with the critically acclaimed Blur. However, the game was a commercial disappointment, only selling 150,000 units in the US through the end of August, according to the NPD Group. Taking over NASCAR would give the company the highest profile racing property in the US--and the chance to succeed where EA largely failed.

Discussion

83 comments
nascarisone
nascarisone

You NASCAR haters, I bet if you were put in a car at 180 mph or more, 3 wide with cars surrounding you, less than inches apart, you would WRECK! There is more to it then ya think.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I don't see this game as being the next greatest racing Sim but more a poor game riding the coat tails of the name it comes from. Though lots of the redneck and trailer park people that bought Wiis to play dumb games will eat this up. I mean no offense to people who like Nascar, my dad does. I'm just saying if you like it then you know that they certainly do even if you don't fall into that category. Walmart shelves will be stocked with this game.

SopranosFan
SopranosFan

An Activision game that I won't miss buying in the least.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Though I love racing games, I'm going to stick with Gran Turismo 5 and Forza Motorsport 3.

anthonycg
anthonycg

Steer clear of Activision's pit.

neonblueshadow
neonblueshadow

Umm I've worked with Eutechnyx before.... they can't actually put out working games, especially the guys at england. Their idea of fixing a bug is removing the feature in peril....

SPBoss
SPBoss

Must be well hard to digitally design a racing track that only consists of left turns...

TTDog
TTDog

Presumably the special edition box will look like a pick up truck, come with a crate of low quality american beer, a confederate flag and a DNA test showing that your mum is also your sister, your father is your uncle and you're your own grandpa.

Col-Struckin
Col-Struckin

*Look they're making a left turn! Oh my they're making ANOTHER left turn!* Come on, everyone knows that Nascar is for drunk rednecks who have nothing else to do other than sit on their lazy a** all day and watch highspeed cars make another left turn.

Paladinlight
Paladinlight

Gt5 isn't NASCAR, just NAScars....anyway Thunder 04 was my favorite, hope this turns out good

tony382
tony382

@bigjohnwv EA discontinued the series two years ago.

BigJohnWV
BigJohnWV

EA needs to give up on the NASCAR franchise. They have crapped out on that game since NASCAR 06. Hopefully the next NASCAR game will have real sponsorships like "Budweiser", "Miller Lite", "Jack Daniels" and not things like "Kahne", "Busch" or "Burton" on the hoods.

HyruleanLink
HyruleanLink

Nice to hear that NASCAR is coming back. Also it is the Daytona 500 and not the "Dayton" 500.

Moneyballzs
Moneyballzs

@sinn24, I own both but if a person dosent own a PS3, its their loss.....

Accuracy158
Accuracy158

LoL I think I'll stick with GT5... Sorry Activision :P

sinn24
sinn24

@JohnF111 cause nobody has a PS3 :D

JohnF111
JohnF111

GT5 has Nascar... Why wait for 2011 when you can get a higher quality one in November! :P

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

NASCAAAARRRR.... I want Nascar game immediately... :)

GreyFoXX4
GreyFoXX4

@lockedge yea Blizzard did take part in the Nascar Racing Series game for pc. Matter afact they had their own car in the game it was pretty sweet also lol.

PSGamerforlife
PSGamerforlife

Lol. wth. A nascar game? Going around in ovals really fast isnt exactly fun at all. Literally minimal input required. Anyway, GT5 will do it better. But I know im not going to go near the Nascar section. Nascar is a joke. If you want to race, race an F1 or GTR R35 or anything down the Nurburgring. In the rain.

Gamer999000
Gamer999000

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IrishBulldog93
IrishBulldog93

i wonder if there will be a mini game were you have to just drink for a whole race and pass out . . . . that would be really realistic.

DKHardee
DKHardee

@lockedge Blizzard did infact take part in Papyrus' NASCAR Racing series. I know they were part of 2002 and 2003, not sure about previous installments.

DKHardee
DKHardee

all you people who say "its just going in circles for four hours" must have never raced on an oval. Its much more then that. There is strategy and i will most def be buying "NASCAR 2011: The Game".

halflife2100
halflife2100

NASCAR is just awful. People who appreciate actual racing know it is a hillbilly joke.

dylanisbored
dylanisbored

Well you really can't improve or degrade anything in NASCAR since you just go around in a circle for 4 hours.

Lockedge
Lockedge

@GreyFoXX4 Are you certain Blizzard took part in Papyrus' NASCAR Racing series? I'm pretty sure it was just Papyrus, published by Sierra. Sure, Activision now owns what was left of Sierra, but they closed that shop down to try and sell it.

cjo1992
cjo1992

I'm hopeful. Also Activision is not making the game there just publishing it. So if it's bad Activision really had nothing to do with it. Also GT5 only has a small selection of NASCAR tracks and cars. Also one of the lead guys from Eutechnyx has been talking about it on his twitter. His username on twitter is davet_etx he says there will be a official announcement by next week.

Mr_arizona
Mr_arizona

Remember when EA was the evil game company and people would have been happy they lost a title? Now Activision has become the new face of evil around here.

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

Does anyone ever respond to Gamespot's requests for comments? I've yet to see it.

BKGlover
BKGlover

@Animatronic64 I didn't play TH4 much or the Underground series at all, so I can't say anything about them.

johnmetcalf
johnmetcalf

Well, here's to hoping they don't screw it up.

Bigsteve3570
Bigsteve3570

I will always and always have played Nascar games for the crap load of cars to crash into; creating an epic crash scene. So, just give me a lot of damn cars and very nice damage modeling + physics and i'm game. Also, who the hell cares who creates/publishes games as long as they're good?

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

hmm..my dad might be interested. haha. and i didn't know GT5 had nascar..hmmmmm

360player_eq12
360player_eq12

Eh if I want to play NASCAR now I will play it in GT5... an activision NASCAR game might seem more like Mario Kart or something..

caketoo
caketoo

In theory nascar on gt5 sounds awesome but seriously. Nobodys getting gt5 for nascar. We've all seen the pics and sure there only early pics but seeing 3 jeff gordons isnt exciting. If they have 5 actual nascar tracks id be amazed and whats the field count in gt5? 10 opponets? 16? I like the GT series but GT has been one of the worst when it comes to On-rail AI. No career and the same opponets finishing in the same positions,id rather get this than gt5 for my nascar fix.

helldude90
helldude90

I will pass, I am waiting for gt5

JESSEAARON100
JESSEAARON100

I rather buy GT5 because Nascar is also included

W-zup
W-zup

lol, racing game where they always turn left :P

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Sorry but I'll play it on GT5! :P

cjasko94
cjasko94

I agree, Nascar is included in GT5, and probably plays better...

GreyFoXX4
GreyFoXX4

P,S. Also when Blizzard and Papyrus had Nascar Racing on the pc, they always released the new version during the weeks builiding up to the Daytona 500 and speed weeks :)

GreyFoXX4
GreyFoXX4

Hmm, Activision? Makes since actually. They own blizzard right? And blizzard and Papyrus made Nascar Racing Series Sim for the pc. Actually this is getting me very pumped up cause there hasn't been a true Nascar game to match Nascar Racing 2003 since well 2003 lol. Very interested in this rumor.

Msteele48
Msteele48

should i be happy about this.......

Jack_n_Coke07
Jack_n_Coke07

Oh, another thing, Activision is just simply publishing the game. Eutechnyx has entire control over what is in the game. Figured I'd just put that out there before all the Activision hate came in.