Kevin Harvick No. 4 on track at Las Vegas in NASCAR Heat 4

NASCAR Heat 4 Gold Edition debuts in advance of standard edition

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tuesday, NASCAR Team Properties’ exclusive console simulation-style video game licensee, 704Games, will release the latest version of the NASCAR Heat franchise. Fans who pre-ordered or plan to purchase the limited NASCAR Heat 4 Gold Edition will have early access to gameplay, as the Standard Edition will be available nationwide Friday. The game will be available on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One X, and PC via the Steam Store.

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NASCAR Heat 4 delivers improved gameplay mechanics, audio and visual enhancements, along with an expanded career mode. The gameplay features an all-new handling and tire wear model, multi-groove racing and major upgrades to the AI system to more closely mimic racing conditions. Additional enhancements include new engine audio, sourced from authentic stock car recordings, and visual upgrades to all 38 tracks, including enhanced lighting, the addition of motion blur and day-to-night transitions. NASCAR fans and gamers alike will enjoy the inclusion of the Carousel at Sonoma Raceway as well as the latest iterations to the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval and the ability to race Martinsville Speedway at night.

The new game also features expansive upgrades to career mode with the option, for the first time, to start in any of the four series included in the game. Players also have the ability to participate in the Xtreme Dirt Tour and join the Smoke Racing team led by dirt racing enthusiast and cover star, Tony Stewart.

“The 704Games team has been hard at work during our product development cycle making adjustments to ensure that we deliver the best NASCAR video game yet for our fans,” 704Games president Colin Smith said. “Our developers — informed in part by input from the NASCAR Heat community — have implemented numerous upgrades to the game this year that serve to capture and relay the realism and excitement surrounding the NASCAR experience.”

Professional eNASCAR drivers participating in the inaugural eNASCAR Heat Pro League season transitioned to the new game in advance of the 2019 eNASCAR Heat Pro League Playoffs. The playoffs will begin on Sept. 11 at the virtual Las Vegas Motor Speedway and culminate on Oct. 23 at the virtual Martinsville with teams competing live at NASCAR Plaza in Charlotte.

NASCAR Heat 4 is priced at $49.99 for the Standard Edition and $69.99 for the Gold Edition, which features NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon. Players who purchase the Gold Edition will also receive the 2019 Season Pass (valued at $29.99).

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