For those who have hung around PRC.net since we started this whole thing up back in January, you’ll know all too well of my hate for ridiculous End User License Agreements. First, Slightly Mad Studios basically turned everybody into viral marketers and censored negative discussion on their own internal forums before Project CARS dropped, iRacing has instituted a rule within their extensive sporting code that sees forum privileges or outright bans handed out for pointing out any issues at all, and now the guys behind Indie Rally Sim gRally have prevented anyone in the closed beta from talking about the game at all for the next three years.
- The receiving party recognizes that during the gRally Early Adopter Program, will receive trade secrets and other confidential information reserved to gRally.net, including info, materials, verbal and written reports, ideas, concepts, video, images, and know-how relating to characteristics and performance of the software.
- The receiving party will not make any reference to the public or to other parties in private on gRally Early Adopter Program at any time after the end of the program for a period of three years.
This is all for an indie game made by a group of amateur Richard Burns Rally modders from Italy in the Unity Game Engine, an engine commonly used by mobile phone games. This title was highly anticipated by diehard Richard Burns Rally fans, most of which dismissed Codemasters DiRT Rally and swore that the group of Italian RBR modders would blow people away with their creation.
A few weeks ago, the guys at gRally began accepting applications to get into the beta program, and now that the emails are being sent out, someone on 4Chan has posted a snapshot of what the game’s official forums look like.
I encourage all of you to try it out for yourself. Most users are currently reporting that the game simply doesn’t work for them and crashes at various stages, with the few who actually manage to get in-game being rewarded with gameplay on par with Farming Simulator 2015.
The final nail in the coffin is that gRally is one of four different modern rally sims poised to launch in the forseeable future, and not only do they have to compete against WRC 5 and Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo, another rally sim currently in the early access phase happens to look like this:
Blunder of the century? I think so.