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New BTCC game set for 2022 launch

Organisers of the British Touring Car Championship have announced that an agreement has been reached that will see the series return to a video game for 2022.

The series was popular with gamers in the 1990s thanks to the TOCA Touring Car series, but hasn’t appeared on PC and console platforms in an official capacity for more than 15 years.

The new deal will see Motorsport Games has handed a multi-year license to ‘create the official video game and associated esport’ for the series, with versions being created for both PC and next generation console.

“Finally, I’m proud to say that the huge demand from the BTCC and TOCA game fans is being answered,” series chief executive Alan Gow said. “Just like the original BTCC/TOCA game, this will be a dedicated BTCC game featuring all the cars, all the teams, all the drivers and all the circuits – not merely some elements partially incorporated into an existing game.

“It is hugely important to me, our teams, drivers and fans that any new BTCC game reflected exactly what everyone loves about our championship; the incredibly close non-stop action, intense competition and great enjoyment. I’ve no doubt that Motorsport Games will deliver exactly that.”

Motorsport Games’ creative director, Paul Coleman admitted there was plenty of excitement within the team over the creation of the new game.

“There is a clear demand and appetite for a new touring car game, and we are delighted that we are going to make that a reality,” he said. “Many of the staff in our studio have fond memories of the TOCA game series and my first job in the games industry was actually working on TOCA Race Driver 2 as a QA Tester. We have some exciting plans that we cannot wait to reveal.”