NASCAR The Game: 2011, also known as NASCAR 2011 or NASCAR 2011: The Game, is the first edition of the NASCAR The Game racing simulator series. Developed by Eutechnyx and published by Activision, it will be released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii on February 15, 2011. It will be the first NASCAR game since the contract between EA Sports and NASCAR expired. The game will also feature online races for 16-players. A damage model has been included with cars catapulting cars into the air and barrel-rolling over others. All of the 23 Sprint Cup Series race tracks will featured in the game. On December 3, 2010, Eutechnyx announced 22 drivers that has been added in the game.
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NASCAR The Game: 2011 will be the first game relating to NASCAR from Eutechnyx. One of the features will be a career mode, which lets players compete at all the tracks on the 2010 schedule and compete for a Sprint Cup Series championship. The game will feature ferocious damage caused by accidents on the track. Some types of the accidents include catapulting cars into the air and barrel-rolling over others. It will also show fragments of the car, commonly called debris, scattered across the track. The feature allows all areas of the car to display damage build up realistically, in relation to the impacts during the race. Its is also planned to have enhanced AI to compare with the characteristics of actual drivers. The player will also be able to tune and adjust their car's handling, and change the paint color, decals, number and sponsor logos. The controls and HUD will be completely customizable as well.
Other features on the game includes pit stops and spotters. The pit stop feature will display the pit crew changing the tires and fueling the car. It will average a speed on 14 seconds. Each animation were actually photographed from real Sprint Cup Series teams. The spotter feature will inform the player of the drivers in the race that will assist them, such as bump drafting, blocking, and slingshot. The spotter will also alert the player of any hazards happening ahead, as well as behind. Furthermore, the spotter will have calculated suggestions on pit strategy, such as fuel level, tire wear, the number of laps remaining, and the player's position in the race and in the point standings. The game will have a interactive celebration mode where players can do burnouts and your victory lap. In the feature the player will also have the ability to get out of their car and excite the crowd, as well as doing a back flip off their car in the winner’s circle. In the game, players can earn NASCAR experience points to unlock rewards. Some rewards include, decal packs, special car designs, as well as career sponsorships and special races throughout career mode.
Similar with the 2010 season, the game will feature all 22 tracks that the Sprint Cup Series compete on, with the addition of Kentucky Speedway, which is scheduled to hold a race in 2011. However, only 22 drivers have been announced that will be in the game, as of December 3, 2010. Some of the drivers include Jennifer Jo Cobb, Danica Patrick, and Aric Almirola, which none of them participated during the entire 2010 season.