The next title in the officially-licensed annual series from Milestone will arrive this Summer, with MotoGP 23 announced for a June 8th release date. It will be available for the PC via Steam, the PlayStation 4 and 5, the Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S and the Nintendo Switch.
Along with featuring the current bikes, riders and tracks for the current season across the MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 and MotoE classes, the big new feature for this year will be the introduction of Dynamic Weather. And as in the real world, an event can be declared a Flag-to-Flag race, which means riders have the option to go into pitlane and swap bikes as a more practical alternative to cars changing tyres to deal with different weather conditions.
The decision to pull into the pits and jump onto a motorcycle set up for rain, for example, can quickly change a race, with other riders potentially riding extra laps on slick tyres, or the track not becoming as waterlogged as expected.
In addition to the Dynamic Weather, there’s also a more Advanced AI system to match the on-track behaviour of individual riders more closely with real-life, with each having a unique personality affecting their actions during racers.
The Career Mode has also evolved for MotoGP 23 with new turning points allowing you to potentially move up through classes and teams more quickly, or let you speed up the development of your motorcycle by completing dedicated challenges. And there will be an in-game social network with AI behaving differently based on the way players interact, along with a rivalry system to add some spice to single player racing.
You’ll also have the option of offline local split-screen racing, in addition to online multiplayer featuring crossplay between Sony and Microsoft console versions. And the addition of ranked races, intended to let players compete against similarly-skilled opponents.
Unfortunately the Flag-to-Flag races and split-screen won’t be available in the Nintendo Switch version of MotoGP 23 which is a shame. And both the PC and Switch versions will miss out on Cross-Play which is a bit frustrating.
Along with the return of split screen for the PC, PlayStation and Xbox editions, all versions of the game will see the return of the MotoGP Academy to help players improve their riding, and new aids have been added for handling, acceleration and braking to make the experience more accessible. Along with the graphics editor for your helmet, sticker, racing number and butt patch.
It’s a pity that three key features aren’t available across all versions of MotoGP 23, but the dynamic weather should provide a good reason for owners of previous versions to consider upgrading. There’s no news yet on any pre-order details or bonuses.
MotoGP 23 will be released on June 8th, 2023, and will be available for the PC via Steam, the Xbox One and Xbox Series X\S via the Microsoft Store, the PS4 and PS5 via the PlayStation Store, and the Switch via the Nintendo eShop. And you’ll be able to order physical copies through stores including Game and Amazon.
You can keep up with the latest MotoGP 23 news, updates, DLC and more, here.
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