After skipping 2013, a new NASCAR installment is finally headed our way next week.
However, it's not coming to next-gen consoles. If you're wondering why, developer Eutechnyx has a very simple answer : The userbase for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One just isn't big enough yet.
As developer Ed Martin said:
"We took a good, hard look at it, but there just isn’t enough hardware out there yet to justify the cost of development."
While there must be around 7.5 million next-gen units in the world right now, that's obviously not enough. Remember, there are about 160 million PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles in homes around the globe, rendering the next-gen userbase almost irrelevant. Martin said Eutechnyx made their decision after hearing from Sony boss Jim Ryan, who confirmed last May that Gran Turismo 6 would be released only for PS3. Well, sure; 80 million PS3s vs. zero PS4s (at the time of the announcement).
Martin clarified the cost of development and added that NASCAR will come to the new consoles when it makes financial sense.
"It costs us about $6 million to develop a next-gen version of NASCAR. You have to sell an awful lot of copies in order to meet the development costs, on top of all the licensing. It just doesn’t add up for us right now. We own the rights, and we absolutely have plans, but it won’t be later this year."
NASCAR '14 releases on February 18 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
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