How to access the NASCAR Heat 5 2022 DLC and what’s in it

On Thursday, June 22nd, Motorsport Games released the 2022 Season Update DLC for NASCAR Heat 5, a title released back in 2020 for the 2020 NASCAR season. The new DLC adds the 2022 NASCAR Next Gen car, as well as the drivers and teams that competed in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season.

It costs $9.99 and is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. Accessing the new content is relatively easy once it has been purchased or a code redeemed.

Download the DLC from your chosen console’s store or the Steam store if purchasing for PC gaming.

As has been the case since 2020, when the game starts, after the intro scene, you’ll see the NASCAR Heat 5 logo and raining confetti, requiring you to press X (PlayStation) or A (Xbox) to launch the program.

Just like the NASCAR Heat Ultimate Edition+ for the Nintendo Switch, the game will then ask if you want to play with the 2020 or 2022 season. The Season 2020 option takes you to the normal section of the game, which contains all existing content prior to the 2022 update. The 2022 season takes you to new territory.

It will be a familiar screen, similar to what the regular game looks like, but with one less option at launch. The big option on the left is Career Mode. In the middle is “Race Now” and the race modes, which include championship, time trials, and split-screen multiplayer. On the right are Online Multiplayer and My Driver.

There is no option for a custom paint job, although the reason for this is quite questionable. In Race Now, Championship, Time Trial, Split Screen Multiplayer and Online Multiplayer, a custom car can be selected showing the driver you can create with a schematic on the back that cannot be edited.

DLC players will get the full roster of the 2022 NASCAR Cup drivers and teams and the opportunity to race against them all in most modes. The only really new track is the Bristol Dirt Track. Both Nashville Superspeedway and Circuit of the Americas failed, as did the remake of Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Career missing features, content

One of the great things about the NASCAR Heat 5 career was how deep it could get depending on how you took on the challenge. The 2022 season update has a career, but a shallow one. There are only 33 races on the schedule, originally slated for 2020, with some venues being scrapped for unknown reasons.

Also, there’s no custom team, which comes with the same shakiness as before. As your career progresses, there’s always talk of new potential sponsors when you start your own team, and while you’re making money, you can’t even spend it on anything.

Since it’s a separate part of the title, you can’t even progress from Xtreme Dirt, Trucks or Xfinity as of the 2020 season. All you get is the 2022 Cup squad, teams and a half-assed schedule that has had no reason to scrap races.

Try a custom mastery instead

Since most of the key parts of the NASCAR Heat 5 career aren’t included, we recommend going into Race Mode and then Championship Mode instead. This mode gives players the ability to create their own schedule using the tracks included in the game.

Those tracks, like WWT Raceway at Gateway, Road America, the Indianapolis Road Course and a new addition…so to speak…the Bristol Dirt Track, are not on his 33-race career schedule. Same schedule is the first available schedule choice, but there are other schedules to choose from.

The best part is that you can create your own schedule and get pretty close to the 2022 NASCAR Cup schedule. Yes, there is neither the Nashville Superspeedway nor the Circuit of the Americas, nor has the Atlanta Motor Speedway been updated to its current model, but you can at least get the others.

In my custom season I added a Texas race where COTA should be (Ovals are better anyway) and where Nashville SS should be I added a second Homestead Miami datum. Other acceptable options would be Dover (since Nashville inherited a date from Dover) or perhaps a different Charlotte since there is only one race at the Oval.

In reality you can create any schedule you like, add or remove the playoffs, change the length of the playoffs, whatever, in my opinion that’s really the best feature about this new DLC.

Things that we will hopefully see in future updates

Now we know this DLC even exists because NASCAR 21: Ignition didn’t do that well, the latest title NASCAR Rivals came out on Nintendo Switch with only the 2022 content, and more players from NASCAR games on consoles had switched back to Heat 5 -Platform as a result.

So, kudos for the developer and marketing recognition, but considering it’s taken so long and how much isn’t included, like a full career or bespoke cars, it’s disappointing.

A more polished career would be ideal for those still on the title, as would the ability to have bespoke cars and teams in the career (and the non-career car in the other modes). Also, this schedule needs to be revisited in career as I still don’t understand why this decision was made.

Some tracks where you could previously drive NASCAR Cup cars, such as: B. Iowa Speedway and Mid-Ohio are still on the 2020 side of the game but were not considered for inclusion in the 2022 update. This means that unfortunately you cannot include them in a custom championship schedule.

If the 2022 update could somehow be integrated into the full game, rather than being a standalone game with fewer features, that would probably be the most ideal, but it doesn’t look like that will ever be the case. Finally, since it’s already 2023, as a bonus for having to wait so long, why not add the list of teams and drivers for 2023?

The last part is just wishful thinking, but it would be nice. If you want a more cohesive game with 2022 content, NASCAR Rivals works for the Nintendo Switch. As for NASCAR Heat 5, that’s it, and that’s all you need to know about the new 2022 DLC for the 2020 title. What do you think of the new content?

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