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Featured NASCAR Heat Evolution: 40 Player Online Events and New Dev Video

Discussion in 'NASCAR Heat Evolution' started by Paul Jeffrey, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    Sim Racing News Editor Staff Member Premium Member

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    Dusenberry Martin Racing and Monster Games have confirmed their new upcoming NASCAR racer, NASCAR Heat: Evolution, will feature up to 40 player online racing events on both PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game - a first for a console racing title.

    As well as the big news regarding the ability to host up to 40 online players in one race, several other new and interesting facts have emerged from the studio in their recent announcement. Sean Wilson, Executive Producer of NASCAR Heat Evolution has confirmed the game with feature adaptive AI functionality, where the AI will adapt to your skill level in order to try and promote close offline racing on the game's many oval tracks.

    Unlike previous entries into the NASCAR series, the new Heat Evolution online races will be hosted by a server, taking away the previous necessity for one to host their own event. All data will come from the race server, hopefully providing a robust online solution. One potential sticking point to the admittedly impressive 40 car field online will be... lack of caution flags! Although no caution periods will be available due to the required resources to ensure a stable experience, pitstops will still be available depending on the race length and wear options selected.

    It appears that a qualification session will also not be present in multiplayer events, with a players starting position is determined by previous lap times at that track. A strange and slightly worrying choice, as you would imagine determining starting position based on previous laptimes would be more difficult to code than simply adding a qualifying session prior to the race event.

    The new announcement is both an exciting advancement for the game, but tempered slightly by some downright bizarre and disappointing decisions regarding the flag rules and qualifying (or lack of) format.

    See below for a breakdown of the different available lobbies in multiplayer and the new development diary:

    There will be three different online lobbies available: No Rules, Normal, and Hosted.
    • No Rules: If you’re a beginner just looking to learn, bump, and crash (or you just want to bump and crash), the No Rules lobby is for you. This is a great place to practice, try things out, or just have a good time with friends.
    • Normal: For players who want to test their skills but are still looking for a good, clean, and friendly race.
    • Hosted: This lobby is for people who are more serious about racing. Race hosts will have the option to decide which level of player can join the race session. For example, if the host only wants racers level 5 or higher, he or she can set that parameter when creating the session. In addition, hosts have the right to boot players from their game.

    NASCAR Heat: Evolution Developer Diary #3 - Game Modes:

    NASCAR Heat: Evolution will be available to purchase on the 13th September for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and via Steam for Windows PC.

    Check out the NASCAR Heat sub forum here at RaceDepartment for discussions about this game and the latest news articles.

    Another video and more information to absorb. Are you looking forward to 40 player online events? Do you think the game will be able to adequately handle that many players? Does the latest video help you make a decision on if you want to purchase this game? Let us know in the comments section below!
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2016
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  2. No caution flags can definitely be a problem for leagues. It's not that big of a deal for open servers. I had hundreds of online races in NR2K3 and never once saw a yellow flag.
  3. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    Sim Racing News Editor Staff Member Premium Member

    @Rob Nelson I wish I shared your belief regarding the no yellow flags mate!! :)

    Just worry about wreckers and the usual online shenanigans.. plus its a bit of a dampener for potential league runners.. still, 40 players should be epic.
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  4. Boby Kim

    Boby Kim
    There is no spoon...

    Ugh...no caution flags and that for Nascar:cautious:
  5. I think I needed to word my previous post differently, there were plenty of wrecks, but no cautions. Most servers had yellow flags off. A 20 lap race on the average open public server will have about 4 green flag laps if cautions are enabled. Don't get me wrong, caution periods definitely belong in this game. Hell, it's NASCAR. There should be a five caution minimum in every race. : )
  6. samcar304

    Staff Member Premium Member

    Real shame its not coming to Europe atm... :(
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  7. Oh, I would of considered buying this as well.
  8. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff Member

    Hmm, are there region blocks on Steam?
  9. samcar304

    Staff Member Premium Member

    I just checked my Steam and its not in the Store considering its out in in 35 days or so... Very puzzled why they did not branch out to a worldwide audience. They missed out on some serious business its not just Americans that like NASCAR :(
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  10. No qualifying is a weird one.
  11. Michael Watts

    Michael Watts
    XB1 Gamertag: michaei watts Premium Member

    WHAT????????? 40 players! Online at the same time.. :thumbsup:

    They must have dedicated servers.
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  12. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff Member

    No dedis.
  13. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff Member

    Well, I gonna get it in some way ^^, (I said that about NASCAR 09 as well, still haven't got it)
  14. Bram

    Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Djeez, 2016!!!!

    No dedi, no buy for me.
  15. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff Member

    Hmm, need to clarify, that it is only from my understanding, reading the news here.
  16. Michael Watts

    Michael Watts
    XB1 Gamertag: michaei watts Premium Member

    how do you Peer-Peer with 40 people..and no Dedicated servers? Xbox is pure :poop: with only 16 Peer-Peer
  17. Have to say... this game doesn't really offer anything new.

    And lack a lot of fundamental features.

    Another super arcadish game.

    Too bad. Used to play it.
  18. Michael Watts

    Michael Watts
    XB1 Gamertag: michaei watts Premium Member

    Well, after this game comes out, and is tested, I wouldn't mind Hosting a Multi-player RD league on Xbox if I can get a solid 39 drivers and a Pace Car Driver. :thumbsup:
  19. Lars Hansen

    Lars Hansen
    RDs Ion-Engine....0-60 in six days. Staff Member Premium Member

    In theory yes, but it is very rare that they're implemented.
    It's usually used when there's a Russian version as well as a Western Europe version.
    I have never seen it implemented on a Europe vs. US release.
    I'm pretty sure they're either still hammering out a distribution deal, or they are still working out the Steam implementation in the game.
    I have serious doubts that this will be a US only release.
    And there's the news that even the Xbox version won't be available for pre-order until about 30 days pre-release.
    So I'm assuming that goes for Steam as well.

    Btw, there's a 90 minute live-stream available here:
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