Off-road racing game ExoCross pushed to 2024

The iRacing-owned title ExoCross has been moved from 2023 to 2024.
Off-road racing game ExoCross pushed to 2024

The upcoming off-road driving video game ExoCross has been rescheduled from fall 2023 to sometime in 2024.

The title, created by Orontes Games, sees you driving around deformable terrain in giant fictional off-road bests. The physics are the unique differentiation, with ‘soft-bodied’ tyres that dig into the surface through what’s touted as 4-way Contact Patch Traction technology, or 4CPT.

It was initially realised for PC via Steam early access as DRAG: Outer Zones, before the project was purchased by iRacing in December 2021.

DRAG: Outer Zone is a great starting point for a future racing game

Since then, it was renamed as ExoCross with the promise of the completed game for PC, PlayStation and Xbox.

Now, according to iRacing’s Marketing and Communications Manager Chris Leone, the team is aiming for a 2024 release having successfully ported the existing development version to consoles.

A new ‘quick race’ single-player mode has been implemented, with the claim that iRacing’s AI system has been ported across to control your competitors. A third vehicle type and fourth world, set to include 38 unique track layouts alone, are in progress.

A total of 48 driving challenges are expected, alongside continued work on the engine sounds, vehicle physics and user interface.

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Interestingly, the original Drag: Outer Zones is still available on Steam, and anyone who purchases it will be upgraded to ExoCross upon its launch next year.

Visitors to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte (USA) for the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series final later this month will have the ability to test a work-in-progress version, which presumably sees some of the improvements over and above the Early Access release.

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