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NASCAR Heat Evolution hits the track with this look at its gameplay

Stock car racing series restarts in September after 15 years

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

NASCAR Heat was a well liked stock car simulation for PlayStation and PlayStation 2 but was run off the track by bigger names as the era of exclusive licensing in sports video gaming began. Here is what its return looks like, in a developer diary shot by Monster Games.

Monster Games is the studio behind the original, retaining about half of the original development team that made NASCAR Heat 2002 more than a decade ago. Richard Garcia, the studio's founder, lays out how his team in Northfield, Minn. returned to the project after such a long layoff.

More importantly, this video shows off a good chunk of gameplay, showing cars liveries, how they handle and wobble in turns, the differences and details in the track layouts and course scenery, and HUD features and other callouts for the driver. In this profile back in May, Garcia promised that NASCAR Heat Evolution is a from-scratch effort, not a recycling of assets inherited from Eutechnyx when publisher Dusenberry-Martin Racing bought the license in 2015.

NASCAR Heat Evolution is being developed for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. It launches Sept. 13.

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