Top 15 Upcoming Racing Games of 2020, 2021, & Beyond (PC, PS4, X1, Switch) | whatoplay

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1. Trackmania Nations Remake

Ubisoft's Trackmania will be getting a return title added to their modern series. Trackmania Nations was originally released back in 2006, but it was overrun with in-game advertisements and nobody really played anything other than the campaign.

With the remake, Ubisoft is converting into a live service, countering the fall off with daily track selections, frequent updates, and an enhanced track creator. Trackmania Nations has always been known for its expansive content, and hopefully this remake will bring it the attention it always deserved.

It's coming out on the PC on July 1.

2. F1 2020 on PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One

With the new formula one season making its start, we are finally up for another entry into Codemasters' thrilling F1 series. For this entry of the formula one racer, we're getting plenty of new features, the biggest of which is the new My Team mode that's separate from the already outstanding career mode.

In it, you'll get to create a brand new team from scratch, becoming the driver slash manager who's an expert on everything on the track and off. Codemasters are pretty tight-lipped about what's to come in the mode so far, but there's also plenty to be excited about when it comes to improvements on the old features.

The beta signups have just begun but we can expect a release on July 10th.

3. Fast & Furious Crossroads on PC, PS4, and Xbox One

Fast and Furious is one of the most popular movie franchises out there and it's about time they took to the videogame stage--of course, along with their biggest star, Vin Diesel. The game promises over the top, car-based action, with lots of heists and international espionage.

So far, it hasn't been very impressive. For one, despite being designed for PC and consoles, the graphics looks like its made straight from mobile. Even with developers Slightly Mad from Project Cars, with a May 2020 release window, we’re just gonna have to hope for the best.

4. Hotshot Racing on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch

On the subject of throwbacks, Sumo Digital is determined to bring back the best of 90s racing with their latest lightning-fast arcade racing game. If you won't let its low polygons deceive you, Hotshot Racing is built with silky smooth speed in mind.

Gathering up to 8 players in their breakneck tracks, driving seems intensely exciting, especially in 60fps. Featuring a number of game modes, you can beat the online leaderboards in Time Trial, play both sides of the coin in Cops of robbers, or the adrenaline-pumping Drive or Explode mode.

It's set to release on the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch this Spring.

5. Inertial Drift on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch

Everybody wants the excitement of the old arcade racers, but Level 91 had different ideas for how to deliver that. Making strides in accessibility and challenge, Inertial Drift presents us 90s retro-futuristic racing using their unique twin-stick control mechanics. Steering with your left stick and drifting with the right means that you'll get to navigate those sharp bends with precision and just the right amount of challenge. And, they take the arcade gaming one step higher with a local split-screen multiplayer.

It's coming out on the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch this Spring.

6. Electro Ride

This game's fighting against an image of a gray Russia with an alternate history set in a neon-filled Moscow. It's riding hard on their elaborate backstory, letting you ride through socialist Eastern Blocs padded with 80s pinks and purples. In their night races, you get to choose between carving your path in night racing championships, breaking your own records, or challenging friends for the high scores.

Delayed from its 2019 release date, it's expecting fans will finally find it on the PC sometime this Spring.

7. WRC 9 on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Series X

The next step for the WRC series is here. Their 40-second trailer to announce WRC 9 didn't really say much, except for the fact that we can look forward to three new exciting locations in Japan, Kenya, and New Zealand. It also showcased the fact that it's gonna release on the PS5 and Xbox Series X, as well as today's console generation, including the Switch and a PC release on the Epic Games Store.

All of this, while initiating development for WRC 10 and 11, makes it look like the World Rally Championship series is ready for the next generation, and we are getting our first look with WRC 9 on September 3rd.

8. Dangerous Driving 2 on PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One

Three Fields Entertainment's spiritual successor to Burnout is getting a sequel and it seems to follow the format of 2008's Burnout Paradise. Steering away from the linearity of the first game, Dangerous Driving 2 will offer an open world paradise for racing enthusiasts.

Aside from breezing through open tracks and fields at your leisure, it will also offer split-screen modes and online multiplayer--all hopefully filled with the crashes and vehicle damage its known for.

That's about all we know about the game so far, and with a Holiday 2020 release window for the PC, PS4, and especially the Switch, we're bound to know more about it soon.

9. RIDE 4

We may have already seen a few good motorcycle games in this list, this fourth installment of the Ride series claims itself as the return of the best motorcycle video game. We didn't really see much from their 26-second teaser trailer. But developer Milestone assures us that on its release, we'll get a hold of new features and witness a "never-before-seen level of realism."

Developed under the same wing as MotoGP, we have high hopes for the title, and it might just be the Forza Horizon of the two-wheel racing genre. It's coming out sometime this year.

10. GTR 3

After months of development silence, the guys and girls at Simbin Studios’ is back in business with their next racing installment. According to the studio, it'll be on the Unreal Engine 4 and they're planning to include day to night transitions, an improved vehicle damage system, as well as dynamic weather systems that will hopefully have organic puddles for us to splash through. With Sector3 Studios working alongside them, we might also see some of the best features of their RaceRoom Racing Experience in the new GTR game.

It was last August that Simbin tweeted about discussions for the release date and its imminent announcement, but we haven't heard from them since.

11. KartRider: Drift on Pc and Xbox One

There was a time when Kart Racing was the big thing, and with this updated version of their crazy racer, Nexon is bringing it back in style. Using the high def ranges of the Unreal Engine 4, KartRider looks better than ever and they're opening their doors for cross-platform play on the PC and the Xbox One--and, still totally free to play. It features the classic Item Mode for those no mercy plays to the finish line, as well as an improved Speed Mode for a drift-focused competition.

It's coming out to PCs and Xbox Ones sometime this year.

12. Monster Truck Championship on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch

From small karts to monster trucks. The Monster Truck Championship by developer Teyon markets itself as the first monster truck simulation. Instead of just mindlessly running into their 25 packed arenas, tuning your massive wheels will be the utmost priority. With over 50 customizable elements, the game aims to simulate the technical details of maintaining and driving the majestic vehicles.

Unique in representing the behind the scenes demands of doughnuts, wheelies, and bicycles, it'll be out on store shelves this year.

13. Test Drive Unlimited 3

After all the promise that Test Drive Unlimited 2 presented, flawed as it was, open-world racing fans everywhere have been waiting for the next game that will blow their minds all over again. And, perhaps, this is it. The third installment has been rumored to be released since there was a Reddit leak from a french developer. But, in Gamesbeat's recent interview with Benoit Clerc, the game has since been confirmed to be in development under Kylotonn, who's responsible for the recent World Rally Championship series.

We don't have an announcement trailer or a release window yet, but that's definitely enough to stoke the hype fires. Hopefully, it’ll come with all the features in our long wishlist.

14. Gran Turismo 7

Sony is under pressure to retain the pedigree of their premier racing series. Lead Designer and director, Kazunori Yamauchi, has been quoted saying that it'll be a complete form of Gran Turismo, combining past, present, and future. With what we've seen from GT Sport, we're definitely expecting better.

While we've learned little since the last time we checked on the Polyphony Digital title, their ambition for the game makes it almost certain that it might get a console launch on the PlayStation 5. And, with PSVR 2.0 supposedly being a pillar of the PS5 launch, that might also come along with it.

Speculation puts it at a November 2020 release, but sadly, nothing has been confirmed.

15. Project CARS 3 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One

Some of Slightly Mad Studios' devs might be busy elsewhere, but the development for their labor of love, Project Cars, is still going strong. Project Cars has been one of the forerunners in the genre of gorgeous racing simulators, and that's still their goal.

When we last checked with them in early pre-production they promised a more focused yet fun racing experience which means fewer variations, but also a lot less balancing issues. There haven't been many details after that, but CEO Ian Bell has recently reassured us of the progress in their upcoming game changer.

It’s reported to be set for release on the PC the next-gen platforms PS5 and Xbox Series X. Unfortunately, there’s still no release date.