Nascar '14

NASCAR ’14 Skipping Next Gen


If you’re a NASCAR racing game fan, I guess you have a new reason to hold off on buying a PS4 or an Xbox One a little while longer.

Citing a low install base, NASCAR ’14 devs say that when the game releases Feb. 18, it will only be for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows.

Eutechnyx’s EVP, Ed Martin, explained the reasoning to Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard:

“We took a good, hard look at it, but there just isn’t enough hardware out there yet to justify the cost of development,” says Martin. “The nail in the coffin was when a guy from Sony talked about Gran Turismo, and how their new game was launching on PS3. He said something like, ‘Why would we put Gran Turismo on a console that has zero units in the market when there are 150 million PlayStation 3s out there?’ Well, it’s a great question. It costs us about $6 million to develop a next-gen version of NASCAR. You have to sell an awful lot of copies in order to meet the development costs, on top of all the licensing. There are about 4-5 million worldwide combined units of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, so it just doesn’t add up for us right now. We own the rights, and we absolutely have plans, but it won’t be later this year.”

So no shiny next gen graphics for NASCAR console players, at least for now,  but Martin promises online leagues, better online multiplayer, and more aggressive AI to make up for it. Check out the full interview here.

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