Bit of a quick story to start the weekend, and how it’ll sit with people, I have no idea. A couple days ago, Mount Panorama was released as a free add-on track for rFactor 2 through the game’s official website, though the third party content label indicated the track had been created someone other than ISI. It’s not uncommon for other devs to inject tracks into rFactor 2; Reiza Studios allowed ISI to put their modern version of Interlagos designed for Game Stock Car Extreme into rFactor 2, but most remained tight lipped about where this track had come from.
Regardless of who had a hand in putting the iconic Australian circuit together, it’s a very good version of Bathurst, and those with rFactor 2 currently installed shouldn’t hesitate to download it.
Had it been illegally ripped from Project CARS and prettied up for ISI under the guise of scratch-built creation from a reputable mod team, I’m sure shit would have hit the fan fairly quickly. While I myself have no problem pirating games or downloading mods containing an abundance of stolen content, a large portion of the sim community prefers to take the moral high ground and stay away from content containing elements ripped from other creations. Some sites like F1-Classic encourage sharing these types of add-ons, whereas sites like RaceDepartment do not.
Anyways, after making comparisons and seeing that “hey, it IS pretty damn close to the pCars version”, ISI staff members Luc Van Camp and Tim Wheatley confirmed the track model was indeed by Slightly Mad Studios, reworked extensively to operate in the rFactor 2 environment.
Given that Kunos received a lot of flak for including a non-laser scanned third party version of Zandvoort in the most recent Assetto Corsa update, I’m curious to see how sim racers react to this. Despite how destructive Project CARS fanboys have been since the game’s launch this spring and the reputation Project CARS has gained just for existing and being incredibly underwhelming, it’s definitely neat to see competing developers working together behind the scenes for the good of the community.