704Games announced today that NASCAR Heat 2 will not only feature the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, but also the NASCAR XFINITY Series™ and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ vehicles and tracks.
NASCAR Heat 2 builds on the 2016’s NASCAR Heat Evolution with new tracks, new series, a deeper career mode, enhanced damage modelling, and two-player local multiplayer. The new tracks include three road courses (where the cars have to turn both left AND right), two ovals, and a dirt track. Monster Energy series driver Kyle Busch will be on the cover after winning a competition between Toyota drivers during May’s Monster Energy All-Star Race™.
The big news, of course, is the addition of the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series cars to the game. For those less familiar with NASCAR’s various series, the XFINITY and Truck series are generally considered to be NASCAR’s “minor league” program, with successful drivers often eventually joining the marque series. While cosmetically similar to each other, the XFINITY series cars are less powerful than their Monster Energy series counterparts, use carburetors instead of fuel injection, and have approved rain tires allowing races to not be halted due to inclement weather.
The Camping World Truck series has the major difference of running modified pickup truck style bodies rather than car bodies. This makes for some rather different aerodynamic considerations. Another major difference is that the truck series is mostly run on shorter, tighter tracks where the larger, faster series don’t go. Most XFINITY races are held at the same track and weekend as a Monster Energy series race, with the XFINITY series running on Saturdays.
NASCAR Heat 2 is expected to be released for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs on September 12, 2017. 704Games is the exclusive console license holder for NASCAR, and previously released NASCAR Heat Evolution for consoles and PCs, and NASCAR Heat Mobile for iOS and Android devices.