Monster Games and developer 704Games announced on April 16th that online services for both NASCAR Heat 2 and 3 will be shut down by April 30th, 2021. In the FAQ section of the post the team confirmed that Xbox players are already suffering multiplayer outages due to the age of the servers and that online features may already have been terminated there.
After a difficult decision, our team is planning to shut down the NASCAR Heat 2 and NASCAR Heat 3 online servers for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox by April 30th, 2021. We intended to continue support for online multiplayer in NH2 and NH3. Unfortunately, the age of the servers has led to an ever-increasing need for resource heavy maintenance. With more of our players moving to newer games in the NASCAR Heat franchise and our team hard at work on future releases, it was no longer feasible to continue support.
We apologize for any inconvenience and impact this may have on your planned online experiences. The good news, NASCAR Heat 2 and NASCAR Heat 3 will still be playable and all of the offline content will continue to be enjoyed. Thank you to the entire community for your support of NASCAR Heat 2 and NASCAR Heat 3. We look forward to sharing the future of the franchise with you soon!
NASCAR Heat 2 and 3 were released in 2017 and 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Steam. As stated, the games are expected to remain on sale for the time being. Thanks to Wakayama_PT for pointing out the news. I’ve added the date to the Watch List calendar.