New tracks and cars are the bread and butter of racing games when it comes to retaining player engagement.
The king of Apple TV racers – Real Racing 3 – now has over 140 cars to race and upgrade, with more on the way in its next big update – version 9.1.
New tracks however, are a much rarer feature, and some might say an even more exciting prospect. A new track gives players a fresh new playground in which to test out their favourite rides. Completely new turns to master, making an old game new again.
February 2013: Obama is President, the PS4 has not yet been released, the iPhone 5 and 4th generation iPad were cutting edge, and it will be another three and a half years until an Apple TV with gaming capability hits shelves, sparking the idea for this website.
Six and a half years feels like an eternity in the tech-based industry of gaming, but that’s how long I’ve been playing and writing about Real Racing 3. In that length of time, many franchises would’ve released half a dozen sequels, but the fact that Real Racing has been sitting on number 3 since 2013 is an indication that Firemonkeys is doing alright with its racer.
Earlier this week, Firemonkeys unleashed the latest in RR3’s long, long line of free content updates – version 8.0.0. What’s so significant about this update that warrants it being a freshly numbered version?
A huge free update for Real Racing 3 rolled out overnight, bringing another year of Le Mans celebrations to Firemonkeys’ racer.
Given that Le Mans is the world’s most famous endurance race, endurance racing appropriately features heavily in this update. There are new cars (dating all the way back to 1970), new Motorsports Groups, a revamp of the Real Racing TV hub, and a bunch of bug fixes and tweaks.
Along with the free car, players also get access to a free Real Racing 3-themed livery to make your Camaro look like the one in the picture above. Without the livery it comes as a standard red, which is actually a nice look, but the RR3-themed livery is what you’ll want to wear for a night on the town.
But how do you access it? Unfortunately, Firemonkeys haven’t made it all that clear.
From the home menu, head up the top and select your garage, bringing up your shiny new red Camaro. From there, head down to the bottom of your screen and hit Customise, select the Paint menu on the left, then select the Official option (the leftmost tab). Finally, select the grey tile on the far right of all the Official Paint options.
Wait a second, and then watch as your shiny red Camaro transforms into a Real Racing 3-themed beast. Be sure to pan around a little with the camera over the roof, bonnet, and rear to see all the nice touches that have gone into the livery’s design.
With over 400 million downloads, more than 200 cars, and nearly 1.5 million followers on Facebook, it’s hard to consider Real Racing 3 to be anything but a success story, especially when you throw in the fact that it’s now five years old.
Five years old. Let’s think about that for a second.
Five is a lot of years in gaming. In 2013 we had no idea what a Nintendo Switch was, and the PS4 and Xbox One were both unveiled and released (as was the Ouya, remember that?). Five years is almost an entire console generation.
Even after five years, the studio behind Real Racing 3 – Firemonkeys – continues to churn out new events and add new cars, constantly finding new auto-related ways of soaking up hours of our time.