September 12, 2017
PlayStation 4, Xbox One
September 12, 2017 (EU, NA)
|Delisting||March 08, 2019 – Steam
March 2019 – PlayStation 4, Xbox One
|Relisting||December 13, 2019 – Steam|
NASCAR Heat 2 was delisted on Steam on March 8th, 2019 and around this same time on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The delisting was likely caused by changes in the corporate structure of publisher 704Games which was acquired by Motorsport Games in 2018. By mid-December of 2019 the game had returned on Steam but was never relisted on consoles. Continue reading for more on the delisting of this and other related NASCAR titles.
In January of 2015 Tom Dusenberry and Ed Martin, long-time gaming executives, announced they had acquired NASCAR assets from Eutechnyx including the title they had in development at the time, NASCAR ’15. As Dusenberry-Martin Interactive (DMi, Inc.) they would go on to publish NASCAR ’15 and would delist NASCAR The Game: 2013 and NASCAR ’14 in early 2015 likely due to changes in corporate registrations and how that related to NASCAR licensing.
DMi would go on to publish a handful of new NASCAR titles leading up to 2017 when the organization rebranded as 704Games. This change likely caused the delisting of NASCAR Heat Evolution for similar reasons as above. In early 2018 an unrelated developer and publisher named Motorsport Games was founded and by August of that year they had acquired a 53% stake in 704Games. Now folded under the Motorsport Games name, NASCAR Heat 2 which was published by 704Games was likely also delisted for the same reasons as earlier titles; changes in corporate structure.
It appears that after Motorsport Games had established themselves they then relisted both NASCAR Heat titles that were credited to 704Games and have continued to be listed as the publisher, if not also the developer, of newer NASCAR titles.
About the Game
3 National NASCAR Series – The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ and NASCAR XFINITY Series™ are playable for the first time in nearly a decade. Add in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ and players have over 100 drivers to choose from.
New Tracks – 6 new tracks make racing more diverse. 3 road courses, 2 ovals, and 1 dirt track join the 23 updated Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series sanctioned tracks for a total of 29 tracks.
New Split-Screen Multiplayer – Two players can race together in head-to-head, local split-screen multi-player.
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