Assetto Corsa fans have argued over everything from trees to the number of light sources within the game engine, but I think this new argument cements itself as number one with a bullet for the most retarded forum drama to occur on the game’s official forums. In a few days, AC players will receive a pretty significant Version 1.2 update, that comes with five free cars and one free track – the cars being a total mix of everything from beastly Japanese sports cars to an 80’s Audi sedan, and the track being none other than Zandvoort, former home of the Dutch GP.
During one of Stefano’s Livestream sessions a few days ago, near the end of the broadcast it was revealed that Zandvoort would be the first modern track in Assetto Corsa that wouldn’t be laser-scanned. Until now, all modern tracks available in the popular italian-based racing simulation have been laser-scanned and generally regarded as the most accurate tracks in sim racing, even compared to iRacing which charges an arm and a leg for each individual track.
Anyways, it doesn’t particularly bother me that Zandvoort won’t be laser scanned. Monza 1966 isn’t laser scanned either due to time traveling equipment being far outside of the dev team’s budget, and the Kunos guys are known for quality 3D models, which is all a track is (compared to a car where you need pages and pages of data for it to behave right in all circumstances). It’s also no longer 2005, and 3D modelling has evolved into an art form – no longer do we live in a time where the difference between a good rFactor track and a shitty rFactor track is night and day – for example, R3E has zero tracks that are laser-scanned, and the complete lack of millimeter-accurate tracks in Sector3’s flagship sim is a non issue. Unless your obsessive compulsive tendencies flare up and you’re simply unable to boot the game at all because Kunos didn’t laser-scan Zandvoort, I’m sure 99% of the people who turn laps at the track won’t even notice. Of all the things people could be criticizing Kunos for, this isn’t one of them.