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ICR2 Release date
#1
This year marks the 25th year of Indycar Racing 2's existence, because as we all know the first version of the game was released in 1995. That made me wonder what the exact date was, but I can not seem to find it. On Wikipedia it justs states "1995" and review sites on the internet were few and far between back then. So my question is, does anybody know the exact date?
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#2
Not an exact date, but I have seen a november or december release mentioned.
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#3
Thanks! I have looked a little further and this website lists the release years for France, Germany and the US as 1996. So it was definitely at least at the end of the year (maybe just before Xmas in the US?) and likely a little later in the EU.
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#4
I believe it was released during the holiday season 1995. I am attaching a couple things I found on the Internet Archive - the advertisement is from the November 1995 issue of PC Gamer magazine, and the review is from February 1996.

   

   
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#5
Jeeez, that hint

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#6
it appeared on US shelves on 23rd November 1995 and in the UK on December 11th Happy

Quote:RickGenter -  12/10/95

The dates that I was given were as follows:

Release in US: November 17th (shipped from our warehouse on that day)
Release in UK to Europe, Asia: November 22nd (shipped from Virgin)

Shelf date in US: November 23rd
Shelf date in Europe, Asia: November 30th.

We hit the dates in the US; I think the Europe/Asia dates slipped a couple
of weeks, as I've seen postings here that indicate that stores in Europe
expect it on the shelves December 11th.

We shipped product to Virgin on schedule; I'm not sure why the release was
held up in Europe, although I know there was a problem with the on-line
registration system in some countries (Belgium, UK, Germany, Japan) for
which we had to ship a new master CD. But that was a couple of weeks ago.
Rick Genter
Technical Lead, IndyCar Racing II
Papyrus Design Group, Inc.

Source: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!search...qLnB761SgJ
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(06-04-2020, 11:08 PM)PTRACER Wrote: it appeared on US shelves on 23rd November 1995 and in the UK on December 11th Happy

Quote:RickGenter -  12/10/95

The dates that I was given were as follows:

Release in US: November 17th (shipped from our warehouse on that day)
Release in UK to Europe, Asia: November 22nd (shipped from Virgin)

Shelf date in US: November 23rd
Shelf date in Europe, Asia: November 30th.

We hit the dates in the US; I think the Europe/Asia dates slipped a couple
of weeks, as I've seen postings here that indicate that stores in Europe
expect it on the shelves December 11th.

We shipped product to Virgin on schedule; I'm not sure why the release was
held up in Europe, although I know there was a problem with the on-line
registration system in some countries (Belgium, UK, Germany, Japan) for
which we had to ship a new master CD. But that was a couple of weeks ago.
Rick Genter
Technical Lead, IndyCar Racing II
Papyrus Design Group, Inc.

Source: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/rec.autos.simulators/icr2$20RELEASE|sort:date/rec.autos.simulators/c0PRBBW-XFM/3ZqLnB761SgJ

Talk about a first post! Nice one.

Happy
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#8
Wow, thanks so much!
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