Five unanswered questions about the MotoGP 23 game

When this season’s official MotoGP video game was announced at the end of March, developers Milestone revealed a later release date, dynamic weather, flag-to-flag rules and a social media feed for the career mode.

MotoGP 23 will also feature the same stunning Unreal Engine-powered graphics as previous titles and this season’s official riders, bikes and teams in the top-tier Moto2, Moto3 and MotoE.

We look forward to it as always, but we couldn’t help but notice that several items were not on display.

Well, that doesn’t mean they won’t be included, and let’s say they end up not being, we shouldn’t write off their hopes. However, we hope to have the following points resolved by the June 8 release date.

Will MotoGP 23 feature the sprint event format?

A new format for the 2023 real-world season analogous to Formula 1 sprint rules, each real-world race weekend in 2023 will include Friday practice (with the combined times determining who goes straight into Q2 the next day), then both qualifying and a short Sprint races on Saturday followed by the main race on Sunday.

The starting grid for Sunday’s race will be determined by qualifying, not sprint results. Sprints are set at half the length of the main race and offer up to 12 championship points.

Brad Binder, KTM, wins Argentinian Grand Prix Sprint, 2023, Gold and Goose, Motorsport Images

At the time of writing, Francesco Bagnaia won the Portuguese sprint and Brad Binder won the Argentine affair.

Currently, this racing format has not been confirmed for the MotoGP 23 game and the developers have not answered the question on their official Discord server.

When F1 started sprints in 2021, they didn’t show up until the F1 22 game – let’s see what happens with the MotoGP games.

How about the new tracks?

MotoGP will visit Kazakhstan for the first time in July at a brand new circuit, the Sokol International Racetrack.

The venue was announced in 2012 but it will take until 2023 to get the Hermann Tilke-designed circuit up and running as the nation, which lies in both Central Asia and Eastern Europe, looks to host world-class motorsport for the first time.

Sokol International CircuitSokol International Racetrack, Picture of Sokol International Racetrack

So far, no footage or images of this venue have been released in MotoGP 23 and Traxion.GG is yet to receive confirmation either way.

Similarly, India’s Buddh International Circuit – which hosted F1 between 2011 and 2013 – will be held later in the season for the first time.

Nico Rosberg, Indian Grand Prix, 2013, Steve Etherington, LAT Photographic, Motorsport ImagesNico Rosberg, Indian Grand Prix, 2013, Steve Etherington, LAT Photographic, Motorsport Images

Milestone has been excellent with track change updates in the past and added the new Red Bull Ring layout in last year’s MotoGP 22 game before the race took place – so we’re hopeful even if this is far from confirmed.

Are the ranked races actually ranked races?

Good point, since the recently released Monster Energy Supercross 6 was released with an advertised “ranked” online feature, but it simply meant there was an online leaderboard based on results. When you entered a lobby, it seemed your rivals weren’t based on your skills.

We’re bringing this up because Milestone works with a centralized development studio, which then shares the technology with all areas of play – as explained by Federico Carlo Riccardo Spada in our Hot Wheels Unleashed podcast interview.

Monster Energy Supercross 6 online leaderboardMonster Energy Supercross 6, also developed by Milestone, uses some sort of online ranking system

So it could be something similar in MotoGP 23 as in Supercross 6, although the game’s website says:

“New ranked races allow you to take on other players of the same skill level for the most intense and challenging duels!”

We really hope that’s the case and that maybe Supercross 6 has laid the groundwork [CHECK] required to implement a ranking system that places you in races against close competitors. Fingers crossed.

Does flag to flag work online?

The flag-to-flag rules apply to changeable weather. When a race starts dry and turns to rain, riders head into the pit lane and instead of changing tires, they hop off one bike and then onto another already fitted with wet rubber.

MotoGP 23 flag to flag

This will make its debut in MotoGP games with MotoGP 23, which is a huge leap forward.

However, if you could run online leagues with dynamic weather, we would really add more depth and a new element of risk to the experience.

MotoGP flag to flag racing, 2021 French Grand Prix, gold and goose, motorsport imagesMotoGP flag to flag racing, 2021 French Grand Prix, gold and goose, motorsport images

If flag-to-flag is just offline, we don’t think it’s a deal-breaker – after all, this is the development team’s first attempt at this feature.

Perhaps the biggest question here. A video was recently released by the game’s promotion team that talks about a “renewed career mode”.

These include the reinforcement of mid-season team changes with a new feature called Turning Points, a rivalry system that at first glance resembles that of the Supercross 6 feature, and the inclusion of the aforementioned social media feeds.

MotoGP 23 career rivalry and social media feed

But we’d like to see new personal management options and additions to the bike skill tree – something that has remained similar for several seasons now and was even copied entirely in SBK 22.

An excellent feature in MotoGP 21/22 once you reach the upper echelons of the sport is managing your own junior teams in Moto2 and Moto3. We hope it stays that way, but if you’re starting your own team we’d appreciate the opportunity to hire a teammate – something the F1 games come with.

With everything in mind and the five points raised above, we’re very excited to see what the development team has in store for the next two months leading up to release. Let us know your ideas in the comments below.

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