It’s due out on 22nd April 2021 for the PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S and Nintendo Switch. And you can watch the first official MotoGP 21 gameplay video to see how the latest in the franchise is shaping up.
The most interesting part of the video is that the player racing as Jack Miller on the factory Ducati Desmosedici GP21 intentionally jumps the start to demonstrate taking a long lap penalty later in the six lap race around the Jerez circuit in Spain. The punishment has a four lap limit before you end up with the black flag, and it’s not clear whether you retain manual control or it moves into autopilot as you navigate the additional part of the track.
The long lap is one of four main changes and improvements to the latest in series developed by Milestone and licensed by MotoGP owners Dorna. The others are a revised suspension system, the introduction of brake temperatures, and a new bike retrieval sequence if you have an accident, where you’ll need to remount your motorcycle as quickly as possible.
Plus a deeper single player Career Mode, and more evoltuion of the ANNA AI system for your computer-controlled opponents.
It all looks pretty good so far, and the game will be released following the first three rounds of the 2021 MotoGP calendar, which starts at the end of March in Qatar. It should be an interesting season to inspire your virtual sim racing, with the return of Marc Marquez from injury, Miller and Bagnaia in the factory Ducati team, and Valentino Rossi moving to the Petronas Yamaha squad as Fabio Quatararo joins the factory outfit.
You can pre-order MotoGP 21 from Game, with the bonus of some exclusive limited edition liveries. Or you can add it to your Steam wishlist in preparation for April 22nd, 2021.
Keep up with all the latest MotoGP 21 news, updates and eSports, here. And in the meantime, you can keep up with the latest on MotoGP 20, here.