The British Touring Car Championship will return to the video game world in 2022 as part of a deal announced with developer Motorsport Games.
This new release will be the first standalone BTCC game since Codemasters released TOCA 2 Touring Cars which revolved around the 1998 BTCC season.
Since then, fans of the championship and even drivers themselves have asked for a new game and their wish will finally be granted with this multi-year licence which will see an official video game and associated e-sport.
It will be available on new generation consoles which will likely include the Xbox One X and PlayStation 5 as well as PC and the British Touring Car Championship game itself will be developed by a team who have made the NASCAR Heat series previously, as well as being involved with 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual and various E-Sports leagues in Motorsport.
Alan Gow, BTCC Chief Executive is glad to have given the fans what they want and said it will be dedicated to the championship unlike various forays in recent memory including cars being included in games such as Project Cars.
“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 said on the deal: “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.”