Often PRC.net receives a fair bit of flak for displaying the shortcomings of Italian racing sim Assetto Corsa, with some readers believing we’re aligning ourselves with the mentally ill for daring to source legitimate glitch videos made by certain community members, forcing us to make our own in an effort to prove that yes, the game actually is kind of broken and a bit of a letdown now that it’s been almost a year since release. It drives really fuckin’ nice, but there isn’t much to do aside from watching YouTube coding streams and waiting around on the forums for future updates.
SimHQ and sister site SimHQMotorsports is one of the longest-running simulation publications still in existence, and venturing onto their forums, there appears to be a bit of disappointment when it comes to how many people are interested in Assetto Corsa.
“No event last week. Nothing scheduled for this week. It seems like this is it,” says member Piotr, with over 1,200 posts in his time on SimHQ.“Assetto Corsa Multiplayer is woefully inadequate” writes editor Darren Blythe, adding that “what hurts the most is that many of the annoyances are just poor design choices and/or things that could and should have been fixed ages ago.”
These are not guys operating under fake accounts to drum up controversy within the community, but diehard sim racers who have been around this hobby for far too long, and they are already questioning the longevity of Assetto Corsa, hinting at support for Stock Car Extreme and/or RaceRoom Racing Experience instead.
This unrest, albeit focused on a different topic, has spread into the Assetto Corsa official forums, as well. User ShredatorFIN states that at launch, Assetto Corsa received a near-perfect score from a highly reputable magazine, and essentially asks “if the game was already satisfactory and nearly perfect, why were so many updates needed to continuously change everything?”
And he brings up a good point. The game got killer reviews almost everywhere; what was so bad about it that everything from the AI to the tire model needed to be re-done over the past few months? It’s no secret that we’re playing a vastly different Assetto Corsa compared to Version 1.0, but now the game is falling into an iRacing-like state, where there are multiple versions of different elements within the game, and each time they’re released in a patch, we’re told they’re the most realistic, and the former version sucked.
Rumor has it (and you know what happens when we post a rumor) that 505 Games, the publishing company that helped bring Backbreaker to shelves in 2010, aren’t interested in having Kunos tidy up Assetto Corsa for a console release, but rather throwing it out as-is to the console masses in order to establish the brand and generate a quick profit. It is highly likely (and unfortunate for AC fans) that many adopters of Assetto Corsa on the PS4 and Xbox One will be gravely disappointed at the title’s lack of features and polish, especially after the mammoth failure that was Project CARS.
It pains me to say that we are looking at a future where there are three unfinished racing simulators on next-generation consoles, and fanboys will be fighting over which game is less broken.