With football ending and college basketball dribbling close to March Madness, another sport gets its gears going. Racing returns in the spring, and it starts off with NASCAR’s Daytona 500. Just a few weeks away, a lot is changing for the sport in 2017. The points system and the actual race, itself, will be completely overhauled. There are also new paint schemes, cars and drivers, and developer DMI, Inc wants to at least make its NASCAR Heat Evolution game feel up-to-date. For $9.99, the update will include an updated driver roster, sponsors, schedule, and paint schemes. It will not include the new racing formats. This could come in the annual release, however nothing is confirmed yet for a new game. The update will release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on February 21. Some other notes for the update are listed below.
- New team rosters including the absence of Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, and Greg Biffle; the inclusion of the new Toyota Camry model; and Stewart-Haas Racing’s switch to Fords.
- New drivers such as Daniel Suarez, Ty Dillon, and Ryan Reed, as well as new rides for the likes of Landon Cassill (#34), Matt DiBenedetto (#32), and David Ragan (#38).
- New paint schemes and sponsors, including Monster Energy’s sponsorship of the Cup series (formerly the Sprint Cup), and 5 Hour Energy.
- The 2017 Schedule