A listing on Amazon.com hints at an official new NASCAR game for the Nintendo Switch, with a potential price, name, and release date revealed.
The plot thickened when it came to the only new official NASCAR game this year – the Nintendo Switch title created by Motorsport Games.
A quote on Amazon.com (but no other regional Amazon variants so far) has a game called “NASCAR Rivals”, with what appears to be a placeholder cover for the physical version of the hybrid console. This includes a blue background and a sleek new logo. At the bottom are officially sanctioned NASCAR and Motorsport Games icons.
It’s currently priced at $49.99, with a release date of October 14, 2022, and it’s available for pre-order.
In April, the embattled development studio released a NASCAR product roadmap. Here it was revealed that there will be no new standalone NASCAR game for PC, PlayStation or Xbox in 2022.
It included a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X update | S for NASCAR 21: Ignition for June, and it arrived on the 23rd with native 4K, visual improvement and faster load times but still at 30 fps.
A 2022 season update for that same title is expected in September, ahead of a “fall” “Nintendo Switch” launch, which October would align with.
Last year NASCAR Heat Ultimate Edition+ was launched, essentially a port of NASCAR Heat 5, but with content from the 2021 season. A community post from Motorsport Games recently stated that “a NASCAR 2022 game [will] will be released this year, with improved visuals and new features over last year’s NASCAR Heat Ultimate Edition+.
Then last month, broadcaster NBC shared a tweet with split-screen gameplay footage from an unreleased NASCAR Switch game, showing off the current Next Gen car at Nashville Superspeedway — both absent from NASCAR Heat Ultimate Edition+.
Whether “NASCAR Rivals” is a placeholder name or the final title remains to be seen. There is also no description on the list of retailers. So, although at first glance it seems like a pointer, there is no official confirmation at this time. Well, stay tuned when we hear more.
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