11 August 2020
Silverstone Park business Motorsport Games has secured a multi-year licence to create the official video game and associated esport for one of the world’s most famous motorsport series – the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC)
The BTCC’s official ‘TOCA1 Touring Car Championship’ and ‘TOCA 2 Touring Cars’ games (then developed by Codemasters) were a global hit with PlayStation users in the mid-Nineties.
Frustratingly for millions of fans, there was never a follow-up game. But that is now set to change with the BTCC’s new game – developed by Motorsport Games from inside its studio at Silverstone Park’s Innovation Centre – expected to launch in 2022.
The BTCC joins Motorsport Games’ roster of products which also includes the NASCAR Heat video game franchises and esports, such as 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, eNASCAR Heat Pro League, World Rallycross Esports Series, ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge, #NotTheGP series and the Le Mans Esports Series.
Stephen Hood, President of Motorsport Games, commented: “This partnership is a clear signal of the enormous trust that the BTCC has placed in Motorsport Games.
“Our team demonstrated real enthusiasm for the project from day one, and our ambitions were immediately aligned.
“The opportunity is clear for all to see and we look forward to deploying the significant and proven capabilities of our esports, game development and media teams to return this series back to the forefront of gaming.”
The business’s Creative Director Paul Coleman added: “There is a clear demand and appetite for a new touring car game, and we are delighted that we are going to make that a reality.
“Many of the staff in our studio have fond memories of the TOCA game series and my first job in the games industry was actually working on TOCA Race Driver 2 as a QA Tester. We have some exciting plans that we cannot wait to reveal.”
BTCC Chief Executive Alan Gow said: “Finally, I’m proud to say that the huge demand from the BTCC and TOCA game fans is being answered. Just like the original BTCC/TOCA game, this will be a dedicated BTCC game featuring all the cars, all the teams, all the drivers and all the circuits – not merely some elements partially incorporated into an existing game.
“It is hugely important to me, our teams, drivers and fans that any new BTCC game reflected exactly what everyone loves about our championship; the incredibly close non-stop action, intense competition and great enjoyment.
“I’ve no doubt that Motorsport Games will deliver exactly that.”