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NASCAR Heat 2 Announced For The Fall

by Matthew Kato on May 15, 2017 at 09:00 AM

Last year Monster Games returned to making NASCAR titles, and now the developer aims to build on that racing foundation and right some wrongs.

The game comes out on September 12 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC), and apart from the expected addition of new drivers, official rules, and track updates, comes a promise of better online multiplayer and a deeper career mode.

That's great news, as last year's game lacked an alluring multiplayer component (apart from 40-person racing), and the career mode – while structured around building an organization to compete in the standings – didn't capture the excitement and drama of a NASCAR season.

Monster Games and publisher 704Games (formerly known as Dusenberry Martin Racing) promise more details through the summer, so today's news is surely just the beginning.

In other NASCAR Heat 2 news, the game is again partnered with Toyota and some of its drivers for a cover athlete competition based on fan voting and real-life results. Fans can vote for Toyota drivers at to determine the finalists. Then, the cover star will be determined by whomever is the first to finish stage 2 at the Monster Energy All-Star Race on May 20.


Our Take
One of the things that fans of Monster Games' past NASCAR titles have wanted is multiple racing series. In NASCAR Heat 2's announcement press release, Monster Games' president, Rich Garcia, says, "We added a slew of new features designed to take NASCAR games back to their roots..." Could this be a reference to multiple racing series like in 2002's Dirt to Daytona?