DRAG becomes ExoCross, expected on consoles and Steam in fall 2023

iRacing announced Tuesday that DRAG: Outer Zone is evolving into ExoCross, and the title will be coming to consoles and PC in Fall 2023. We’ve known about the later console release for some time, but now it comes with a branding update.

The original foundation of DRAG was that it was an off-road racer with unique physics – what the developers at Orontes Games called 4-Way Contact Patch Traction Technology, or 4CPT for short. Tires are soft bodied and it really reminded me of racing Warthogs in the Halo franchise when I dived into the title last year.

Just a few weeks ago, the online multiplayer aspect of DRAG on Steam was discontinued due to server hosting provider changes, but it was reiterated that more work would be done and the game’s official release was still to come. Sure enough, now we know that DRAG has a new name, new content, new gameplay, and much to look forward to in the coming months.

Originally developed by Orontes’ small team and released as an Early Access title back in 2020, iRacing jumped in and acquired the company in late 2021. It was one of iRacing’s two acquisitions during this period, as they also control Monster Games took over .

The collaboration with Monster Games has already resulted in a successful console launch of World of Outlaws: Dirt Racing. While the Orontes Games deal has yet to see a product hit physical or virtual shelves, this announcement proves that it wasn’t an afterthought and that sooner or later another iRacing-released console racer will hit the market.


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

The team behind the futuristic racing car now includes both Orontes Games and iRacing team members, and with the Orontes team they have specifically grown with new roles for many facets of the game including “design, engine, graphics, gameplay and AI development”. per release.

The AI ​​development is a new aspect overall since the previous title only had single player time trials or multiplayer leaderboards. Sure enough, the ExoCross title will now feature AI competitions in Quick Race and Championship modes.

The updated racer will include “a brand new play area and an additional vehicle class, both of which have yet to be named or showcased. Advertisement for the news included the previously included cars and tracks, although there was always that one vehicle under the tarpaulin that was inaccessible up to that point… hmm…

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

As for gameplay, there will be physics updates, stability and traction control will be added, and boost mechanics will also be added to single player modes.

I still think DRAG: Outer Zone is a great base for a more complete game, and it’s possible that ExoCross will turn that theory into reality later this year.


ExoCross will be released in Fall 2023 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam.

SOURCE: iRacing

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