If you’re a NASCAR game fan and have a shiny new Xbox One or PlayStation 4 game console, you’re out of luck if you were looking forward to play NASCAR ’14.
Eutechnyx, developer of NASCAR ’14, will not issue the game for the new Microsoft and Sony gamer platforms because enough consoles have not been sold to justify the development and production costs.
“We took a good, hard look at it, but there just isn’t enough hardware out there yet to justify the cost of development,” Eutechnyx’s Ed Martin told ExtraMustard.si.com.
The logic is easy to understand: Eutechnyx is releasing NASCAR ’14 in PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 formats because 160 million combined consoles are still in use globally.
But when it comes to PS4s and Xbox Ones, just over 7 million combined have been sold, according to GameSpot.com. So don’t expect to see NASCAR ’14 on those formats any time soon — at least until next year at the earliest, if at all.
“It costs us about $6 million to develop a next-gen version of NASCAR,” Martin said. “You have to sell an awful lot of copies in order to meet the development costs, on top of all the licensing.”
NASCAR ’14 launches Feb. 18, just in time for the 56th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.
Here’s the official trailer for NASCAR ’14, with Tony Stewart on the cover: