Early NASCAR 21: Ignition Gameplay takes a lap around Daytona

NASCAR 21: Ignition 'Dev Diary' #1 provides deeper game details

A quick lap around Daytona Int’l Speedway is the first official “early gameplay” from Motorsport Games for their upcoming NASCAR 21: Ignition video game.

Yes, we did see a brief amount of gameplay in the first “Dev Diary” a few days ago, but this is a straight up 50-second clip of a lap from a car in race conditions at this weekend’s host to the NASCAR Cup Series in real life.


On board the roof of BJ McLeod’s No. 78 Motorsport Games Ford, Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford is directly ahead. There are some cars in a pack a few more second ahead of that. Even though McLeod gets a run on Harvick, he doesn’t take it and instead uses the air to push Harvick forward.

A few key elements of the video include the visuals and the sounds. What stood out to me was the sound of the cars and the air in the video. As the No. 78 closed in on the No. 4, the sound of Harvick’s car grew louder. As McLeod battled some turbulent air, you could hear it as it hit his car.

The visuals, as noted, are a work in progress, and we do have to remember that this is initially releasing on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles first. While it’s not the crispest video you’ll see, the lighting effects from the environment are pretty good. The lighting on the car is still a little wonky, but hopefully that is part of what is being worked on.

It’s not much, but it’s something. There is no HUD or anything else to dissect here, but it’s good to see continued engagement as the countdown to release is nearly two months away. Race fans at Daytona are also getting their first taste of the action at the eNASCAR Arcade in the fan zone this weekend.

Things are in motion. Let us know what you think about it in the comments below.

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