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EA ditching NASCAR games

They were just going round in circles.

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EA Sports has "no plans right now" to develop any further games under the NASCAR motor racing licence, boss Peter Moore has told GameSpot.

The US-centric oval racing series falls by the wayside to make room for the addition of MMA - mixed martial arts - to the EA Sports roster, he explained.

"There are no plans right now for NASCAR from EA," he said. "We had a great relationship over the years that I thoroughly enjoyed when I first got here. Unfortunately... we had to make some tough trade-offs.

"We've had to redeploy some of those folks. A number of the NASCAR team has moved over now to EA Sports MMA, which will be shipping next year."

EA has been making NASCAR games for over a decade - since 1997's NASCAR 98 for Saturn and PlayStation, to be precise. The most recent was cartoon spin-off NASCAR Kart Racing for the Wii, which saw a US-only release in February this year.

The end of the agreement with NASCAR leaves EA Sports without a motor racing licence. It's good timing, then, that EA's Need for Speed series is about to get serious, with Slightly Mad Studios' simulation game Need for Speed: SHIFT, out here on 18th September.

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