Motorsport Games has signed a multi-year partnership with the British Touring Car Championship to develop a new BTCC game scheduled for 2022.
The BTCC is one of the UK’s top national series and enjoyed video game counterparts in the 1990s with the TOCA Touring Car series from Codemasters.
The new BTCC game will be developed by the team at Motorsport Games for the next generation of consoles set for release later this year, as well as PC, using market leading technology with an option to also develop a mobile version.
The new partnership will spawn an Esports series, with Motorsport Games enjoying success in this area this year with the Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours, Virtual Race of Champions, World Rallycross Esports series and eNASCAR Heat Pro League.
Alan Gow, BTCC Chief Executive, said: “Finally, I’m proud to say that the huge demand from the BTCC and TOCA game fans is being answered.
“Just like the original BTCC/TOCA game, this will be a dedicated BTCC game featuring all the cars, all the teams, all the drivers and all the circuits – not merely some elements partially incorporated into an existing game.
“It is hugely important to me, our teams, drivers and fans that any new BTCC game reflected exactly what everyone loves about our championship; the incredibly close non-stop action, intense competition and great enjoyment.
“I’ve no doubt that Motorsport Games will deliver exactly that.”
Stephen Hood, President of Motorsport Games, commented: “This partnership is a clear signal of the enormous trust that the BTCC has placed in Motorsport Games.
“Our team demonstrated real enthusiasm for the project from day one, and our ambitions were immediately aligned.
“The opportunity is clear for all to see and we look forward to deploying the significant and proven capabilities of our esports, game development and media teams to return this series back to the forefront of gaming.”
On the new prospect of the new BTCC game, Motorsport Games’ Creative Director, Paul Coleman, said: “There is a clear demand and appetite for a new touring car game, and we are delighted that we are going to make that a reality.
“Many of the staff in our studio have fond memories of the TOCA game series and my first job in the games industry was actually working on TOCA Race Driver 2 as a QA Tester.
“We have some exciting plans that we cannot wait to reveal.”