First Look: NASCAR Heat 2 Brings More Racing Than Ever With New Series and Tracks

When fans load up NASCAR Heat 2 for the first time in September, one of the first things they’ll notice is that they won’t be limited to just playing with drivers on tracks from the Monster Energy Series.

Instead, for the first time in a decade, all three of the top national circuits will be represented in a NASCAR video game.

NASCAR Heat 2 will feature not only the main series, but the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series will also be playable in the game. That also means that courses raced in the second- and third-level series will be available.

Tracks like Road America and Eldora Speedway will be making their debuts in this year’s title. It’s a feature that the developers are extremely proud about.

“Being able to go to the new tracks and have the new experiences adds a lot of depth to the game, and adds enjoyment for players to think of themselves as professional drivers,” Todd LeGare, Design Lead at Monster Games said.

In order to get proper authenticity for the game’s new tracks, a company was hired to create drone scans of the courses. The drones traveled above each track, captured the necessary data, and the developers would use that information to build the environments exactly as they appear in the real world.

For more on the new series and track additions, including what went into getting dirt track racing to feel as authentic as possible in NASCAR Heat 2, check out the latest developer diary from Monster Games above.

NASCAR Heat 2 releases on September 12, 2017, and will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam (PC). If you missed the latest news, be sure to catch up on everything NASCAR Heat 2 via our game hub.


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