The best driving games coming in 2020-2021

You’re very well catered for if you’re into driving games. From hardcore simulators on the PC to family-friendly racers like Mario Kart and the latest releases from franchises like Need for Speed and Gran Turismo, there’s bound to be at least one title out there that ticks the right boxes for you.

If you’re shopping around for gift ideas for gaming enthusiast friends and family, or simply want to keep tabs on upcoming releases, make sure you check out our list below of the biggest driving games coming in 2020 and 2021.

Dirt 5


On sale 16th October 2020
Available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One (PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions due later)

In comparison with last year’s hardcore rally simulator Dirt Rally 2.0, Dirt 5 promises to be a more accessible and less punishing game to play. Don’t go thinking that means it’ll be boring or watered-down, though – developer Codemasters says players will get to take part in epic cross country races, showboat in Gymkhana stunt sessions and get behind the wheel of everything from rally cars to off-road buggies and racing versions of production SUVs such as the new Aston Martin DBX.

F1 2020


On sale Now
Available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

This year’s F1 championship may now be well under way, but it’s still worth making time for the official F1 2020 tie-in game. For a start, it’s the only way to experience the 2020 season as it was meant to be, because all 22 rounds from the original pre-Covid calendar are featured in the career mode. You can also channel your inner Jack Brabham in this year’s game by creating, managing and driving for your very own F1 team.

Fast & Furious Crossroads


On sale Now
Available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

With the Fast & Furious 9 film now pushed back to April 2021, the only way to get your fix of Vin Diesel driving souped-up performance cars is in the Fast & Furious Crossroads game. It looks like Crossroads is a pretty faithful representation of the movie series, too – i.e., there’s loads of action and it looks like a bit of light-hearted fun, but don’t expect it to be nominated for any major awards.

Forza Motorsport


On sale TBC (expected late 2021)
Available on PC, Xbox Series X

No, Microsoft isn’t remastering the original Forza Motorsport from 2005 – instead, it’s making a new-from-the-ground-up title that promises to be a “reimagining” of the famous Xbox racing game series. It’s still in early development so the new Forza Motorsport likely won’t be released until late 2021 at the earliest, though we do know the game will be coming to PC and the new Xbox Series X console.

Gran Turismo 7


On sale TBC (expected 2021)
Available on PlayStation 5

Forza isn’t the only racing game series that’s going back to basics, because the next Gran Turismo will also be a more old-school affair. Unlike the online racing-focused Gran Turismo Sport, Gran Turismo 7 will offer a more traditional gameplay experience, with features like a from-rags-to-riches career mode and used car dealerships being familiar to long-time GT fans. Expect Gran Turismo 7 to launch next year, exclusively on the new PlayStation 5.

Monster Truck Championship


On sale Autumn 2020
Available on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Not every racing game on the horizon is a circuit racer or a rally game. As Monster Truck Championship shows you can even have a go at getting behind the virtual wheel of a big and bouncy monster truck. If that sounds like your cup of tea, you’ll be able to pick up a copy of the game later this year. You’ll be able to play it on the go, too, because (unlike almost every other game on this list) it’s also launching on the Nintendo Switch handheld console.

Need for Speed


On sale TBC (expected late 2021)
Available on TBC (expected PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X)

Having taken a break in 2020, the Need for Speed series is expected to return next year with an all-new game for the latest PlayStation and Xbox games consoles. That’s all we know about the title so far, though it does seem whatever’s being cooked up is in very safe hands – development is being handled by the Guildford-based Criterion Studios, which was responsible for 2010’s critically-acclaimed Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and the action-packed Burnout driving games.

Project CARS 3


On sale 25th August 2020
Available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

On paper, Project CARS 3 looks like a very big departure from its predecessors – out go pit stop strategies and tyre wear, replaced by car upgrade and progression systems that wouldn’t look out of place in a Forza or Gran Turismo game. However, developer Slightly Mad Studios promises this is still very much a racing simulator at heart, and players will have a huge array of GT, prototype and single-seater racing cars to get to grips with.

Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown


On sale TBC (expected 2021)
Available on TBC (expected PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X)

It’s been a long time coming, but a new Test Drive Unlimited game is on the way. No official launch date has been announced yet, but we do know Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown will let players drive an assortment of exotic supercars, across a large open-world environment that developer KT Racing claims is a 1:1 scale recreation of a real-life island.

WRC 9


On sale 3rd September 2020
Available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions due later)

If Dirt 5 isn’t enough to whet your rally game appetite in 2020, you’ve also got WRC 9 to consider this year. Just like F1 2020 does for the F1 series, WRC 9 lets you live out the 2020 World Rally Championship that the organisers originally had planned, and the developer KT Racing says the tweaks it’s made to the handling, the sound effects and the career mode help make the rallying experience more authentic than ever.