Eutechnyx Dangles Hope for U.K. NASCAR Fans

Eutechnyx Dangles Hope for U.K. NASCAR Fans

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Activision has nixed the release of NASCAR 2011 in the U.K. but developer Eutechnyx says it's looking into other ways of getting the game to the fans.

NASCAR. It conjures images of thick accents, southern states, rowdy crowds and good ol' boys turning left at 200 miles per hour. Not the sort of thing that's likely to go over big in the posh, cultured lands of the U.K., in other words, which is why it's no surprise that Activision has decided not to release NASCAR 2011 in Old Blighty. The game was originally expected to launch in the U.S. and U.K. but Activision confirmed with MCV yesterday that plans for the U.K. have been scrapped.

But that's not necessarily the end of the tale, as Eutechnyx, the company developing the game, said it is looking into other options to get it to the U.K. market, including by making it region-free. "Ultimately, as the distributor, Activision makes the call on which territory the game will be released in," Eutechnyx's NASCAR Product Manager Gregg Baker told Eurogamer. "However, as a developer we can try and ensure that those wishing to purchase the game outside of the US are still given the opportunity."

"We will look into making sure there is no region locking on the game so fans can import the game and if the demand is high enough we may even look into the possibility of distributing the game ourselves in the U.K.," he added.

Many Xbox 360 and Wii games are region locked but a good number, including the Activision-published Call of Duty: Black Ops, are not. Furthermore, Activision can decline to release the game in the U.K. but it can't prevent Eutechnyx from making other plans; Eutechnyx holds the NASCAR license, while Activision is merely a "distribution partner."

All of which leads me to ask: are there really NASCAR fans in the U.K.?

NASCAR 2011 comes out on March 29 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

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I don't mind NASCAR. Never really watch it, and probably won't buy the game either...

NASCAR fans aren't all rednecks. Mostly rednecks, though.

It's still more entertaining that any "sport" that involves watching people move a ball around, to me. That's not saying much, though. Since I don't watch NASCAR, either.

What the hell?

I didn't think there would be a demand for NASCAR in the UK, hell, I don't know anybody who likes it.

Nascar has fans?
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Nascar has fans in other parts of the world?

I'm fairly sure most UK motorsports fans who also play games don't really care about NASCAR, I may be wrong but I've never seen the appeal of driving oddly shaped cars around in a circle for several hours.

That said I hope if it does come to the UK that it doesn't outdo the F1 series seeing as it's developed and published by a British company.

I can gladly speak on behalf of, not only England or the UK as a whole, but for the entirety of Europe in saying America can keep its NASCAR. Do not want.

There are NASCAR fans in the UK?

Tsaba:
Nascar has fans?
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Nascar has fans in other parts of the world?

Stu1701:
There are NASCAR fans in the UK?

I guess the appeal of endless monotony broken up by multi-vehicle pile-ups IS a cross-cultural phenomenon.

In that people who actually HAVE culture can enjoy it to!

Nascar (2000 possibly) was one of the first videogames i played and all i used to do is drive the wrong way and attempt a pile up. I was rubbish at it and always remember finishing third once............Nostalgia...................Good for Nascar fans.

NASCAR still hasn't recovered from the death of Dale Earnhardt. The US, at least in the north, has almost no interest in the sport now. Even down south every single race has open seats, even the Daytona 500

Fascinating sport!
My favorite moment: They're making a left tuuuurn! Wait, they're making another left tuuuurn. Brilliant. ]

Apparently UK NASCAR fans will be sad. I'm terribly sorry for both of you, guys.

Sparrow:
I can gladly speak on behalf of, not only England or the UK as a whole, but for the entirety of Europe in saying America can keep its NASCAR. Do not want.

You shouldn't.

I'm European (well, Moscow IS Europe) and I wouldn't mind a NASCAR game.

HankMan:

Tsaba:
Nascar has fans?
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Nascar has fans in other parts of the world?

Stu1701:
There are NASCAR fans in the UK?

I guess the appeal of endless monotony broken up by multi-vehicle pile-ups IS a cross-cultural phenomenon.

In that people who actually HAVE culture can enjoy it to!

You can watch that on ESPN though, why watch the whole race of left turns in anticipation of this one event that might not even happen.

JourneyThroughHell:

Sparrow:
I can gladly speak on behalf of, not only England or the UK as a whole, but for the entirety of Europe in saying America can keep its NASCAR. Do not want.

You shouldn't.

I'm European (well, Moscow IS Europe) and I wouldn't mind a NASCAR game.

Then you are a brigand, a liar and a cheat good sir!

Sparrow:

JourneyThroughHell:

Sparrow:
I can gladly speak on behalf of, not only England or the UK as a whole, but for the entirety of Europe in saying America can keep its NASCAR. Do not want.

You shouldn't.

I'm European (well, Moscow IS Europe) and I wouldn't mind a NASCAR game.

Then you are a brigand, a liar and a cheat good sir!

I have no idea what a "brigand" is, but, yeah, you're pretty much right about the other two.

Still, I don't mind NASCAR. I just prefer F1 myself.

I can count the number of NASCAR fans in the UK on a single hand and given the unspectacular reception given to the F1 game (a series which is much more popular over here)...I predict hilarity.

whats the point of a racing game where you only make a feint turn to the left?
it sounds boring and makes desert bus a exciting game in comparison!

I don't think the UK could care less about a sport. Honestly, we'd be more likely to watch the Bengali pogo championships than NASCAR

Andy Chalk:

NASCAR. It conjures images of thick accents, southern states, rowdy crowds and good ol' boys turning left at 200 miles per hour. Not the sort of thing that's likely to go over big in the posh, cultured lands of the U.K.

That has to be some kind of sarcasm, right?

Sparrow:
I can gladly speak on behalf of, not only England or the UK as a whole, but for the entirety of Europe in saying America can keep its NASCAR. Do not want.

This, We have F1 why on Earth would we want Nascar?

Pipotchi:

Sparrow:
I can gladly speak on behalf of, not only England or the UK as a whole, but for the entirety of Europe in saying America can keep its NASCAR. Do not want.

This, We have F1 why on Earth would we want Nascar?

Yeah, at least in Formula One, you can look forward to the insane crashes that happen, well... until the safety car comes out that is.

Epic stuff indeed (not epic for the drivers though).

NASCAR is the most worthless professional driving sport. Anything else, like F1, GT2, LMP1, rally, baja, etc. has drivers actually racing in vehicles built by manufacturers to push the limits of the technology and the regulations of the race. In F1 if it says Honda or Mercedes on the side of the car, then there is a Honda or Mercedes engine powering the damn thing. And all of these companies are in it to win prestige and push the boundaries of automotive technology. NASCAR is a bunch of identical cars with changeable exterior shells. Weather it's a Chevy, a Ford, a Dodge, or even a Toyota; it's the same car underneath. It revolves more around the drivers personalities then the race itself. In this way it's almost like 'professional' wrestling, in that it is essentially a type of soap opera for male rednecks. Absolutely worthless.

To quote the founder of Honda Motor Company, Soichiro Honda, "Racing improves the breed".

But NASCAR is not real racing, and so nothing is gained.

What's the point of a NASCAR game exactly? Isn't the whole "fun" of it watching the guys crash?

You can import the PS3 version, they aren't region locked at all.

 

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