Yeah, licensing simply hasn't advanced when products shifted from boxed/finished to digital/ongoing development in any other way than to add term limits. After 3-5 years a 3-5 year old car is a lesser draw so the fact they have to drop/remove them rather than everyone just moving on just drives me absolutely insane. It's anti-consumer. If a developer wants to keep you coming back they'll license the newer version of a car anyway, they shouldn't have to drop the older one to be able to afford it.
IndyCar games have just been a mess. That's why it's still pretty refreshing to play the originals. Indy 500 is just still so good.
Good article. Part of the issue I think is that the sanctioning bodies treat the sim racing add-ons as a money making venture rather than as a marketing tool. If you treat it as advertising, your actions are quite a bit different: how to expand my market? how to target a particular demographic? how do I achieve long term growth?
I'm British, grew up watching F1 only. I didn't even know NASCAR existed before I bought NASCAR Racing. When Mansell went from F1 to IndyCar I started watching it and eventually bought IndyCar Racing, that made me more of a fan because I understood the challenge by this point of "turning left". It's SO IMPORTANT in building a fanbase.