A new Midnight Club for me would be set in Tokyo. The game itself would be a homage to Japanese gaming when it comes to menu and menu music with crazy arpeggio synth music. The style would be also a homage to 80'/90's gaming. Think BloodDragon but with fast cars. Focus will be on Japanese cars, European cars and some American imports.
Story mode will consist Max Payne inspired story telling in comic-style with Retrowave/Synthwave music. It will have a rather dark story involving involving branching/RPG storyline based on the responses you give. For example, if you are talking to a rival racer and you keep responding negatively or sarcastically too much they'll become a "Sworn Enemy." Sworn Enemies use dirty tactics when racing. However, they will be highlighted so you know if you are around one. You can make multiple Sworn Enemies and every time you beat them you get double points/cash off them. The story will be a save the princess-style cliche but battling some Yakuza along the way.
Also a in-game odds calculator will give you odds as well as odds on other racers where you can bet on them. You can do pink slip bets only with Sworn Enemies. If your odds are good and others are betting on you regularly, you'll receive a percentage of earnings from those bets.
Night time will feature as the city is alive at night. Faithful recreation of Tokyo will be ditched in favour of fun racing,
Loading screens are little arcade games inspired by Snake and Pac-Man.
Driving mechanics inspired by Forza Horizon style with realistic graphics.
Soundtrack will have 80's music, Synthwave, Electro-Funk, Hip-Hop/Trip-Hop, Electronic, Japanese Electropop,