NASCAR Heat 5 Season Update 2022 available June 22nd

The long-awaited 2022 season update for NASCAR Heat 5 was finally released on Thursday (June 22). Links to the DLC were released on Steam and PlayStation Store earlier this week and the content unlocked on PlayStation, Xbox and PC via Steam around 10pm BST / 5pm EST.

Originally scheduled for release in October 2022, the title’s 2020 update was delayed by some time. The predecessor to NASCAR 21: Ignition was the basis for the last two releases from Motorsport Games, the last two years being the NASCAR Heat Ultimate+ and NASCAR Rivals releases on the Nintendo Switch.

Here’s what’s included with the price of $9.99. This DLC will be playable in Race Now, Career, and Online Multiplayer modes.

2022 cars and teams included

As for this DLC, in terms of cars, the NASCAR Cup Series 2022 is primarily included. That in itself is a major update, as 2022 sees the introduction of an all-new car to the sport’s top tier.

All three cars from these NASCAR NEXT Gen manufacturers – the Chevrolet Camaro, the Ford Mustang and the Toyota Camry – will be modeled and presented. All of last season’s teams are in action, from Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske to Rick Ware Racing and Beard Motorsports.

That brings all the drivers for the 2022 season to the roster, including 2022 series champion Joey Logano and the other full-time drivers. A good proportion of the part-time drivers also made it.

Which titles?

Prior to this update, we knew that NASCAR Heat 5 already featured 23 or 24 of the 28 tracks in the 2022 calendar. Missing from the older title were the Circuit of the Americas, the Nashville Superspeedway, the Los Angeles Coliseum Clash track and the repaved version of the Atlanta Motor Speedway, among others.

Bristol Dirt already existed, albeit as a fantasy track created for previous Heat games before the real version was made. Because of this, NASCAR Cup cars could not race on this track. This is the only confirmed title expansion with the DLC. Atlanta is still the version created for the 2020 game.

All of these tracks other than LA were featured in NASCAR Rivals on the Nintendo Switch. COTA, Nashville and the new Atlanta were off NASCAR’s radar for the 2020 season. They were included in Ignition but not in Ultimate+. Career mode has an altered schedule for 2022 to accommodate what’s not in the title.

A brief summary of the delay schedule

Despite Ignition’s problems, NASCAR Heat 5 remained a popular console choice for gamers. Due to Heat 5’s continued popularity, the update to the older title was announced back in September, following rumors that it was possible a month earlier. A lot has certainly happened since that time last year.

Since April of this year, Motorsport Games has had a new CEO in Stephen Hood. A new game from the company, Le Mans Ultimate, was announced earlier this month. After months of uncertainty, Hood mentioned the DLC during an investor call in May, stating that the delayed DLC for NASCAR Heat 5 would be “available in a matter of days.”

Days, well, turned into a few more weeks, now more than a month has passed. Despite what the internet might have you believe, the DLC actually exists. The price was originally $12.34 but was dropped last year due to the initial delay. These DLCs were first spotted earlier in the week and finally released late Thursday evening.

The DLC costs $9.99 and is available starting today, Thursday, June 22 on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC via Steam.

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