So yesterday, we ran a reader submission from a trusted source leaking the news that the highly anticipated 2015 V8 Supercars mod for Game Stock Car Extreme was cancelled, and would be completely re-built from the ground up by MakCorp for Assetto Corsa and rFactor 2. The news obviously wasn’t meant to be shared publicly for at least a few weeks, so over the course of about a day, each party involved quickly took to various message boards and news outlets to speak on the issue.
I’ll do my best to summarize what I’ve learned after reading all sides of the story and trying to find a common middle ground in each of them.
SimRacingOz, an Australian-based sim racing group, created a crowdfunding campaign to bring the 2015 V8 Supercars season to Game Stock Car Extreme. The team raised over $1,800 in donations, with most funds going towards the development of the mod. Initial concerns were raised about purchasing 3D models from a team called Sim Dreams, as they were routinely accused of stealing and/or ripping models from other sources.
During the later part of 2014, SimRacingOz approached Reiza Studios and asked for their help with the physics aspect of the mod. Reiza outright told them they could not directly collaborate with a mod team that was producing a mod featuring real world brands, manufacturers, and sponsors, but that they could get to work making their own car – what would later be the Holden Commodore released a few months ago – SimRacingOz could essentially use those physics and sounds as a base for their own full series mod.
Fast forward a whole bunch of months, and the SimRacingOz guys ran into problems completing their mod, asking for Reiza’s help yet again. Reiza essentially told them, again, that they couldn’t directly help out with a third party mod. As a result, a whole bunch of shit changed behind the scenes.
Why? This is where the stories differ. Our insider info shared yesterday essentially pointed the finger at Reiza, claiming they’d helped out SimRacingOz previously and had now refused to cooperate for some unknown reason (which isn’t uncommon within sim racing communities, as a couple Kunos guys have helped out with third-party mods for Assetto Corsa like the Mazda 787B and Shelby Cobra), while Reiza swears the two teams really hadn’t been working together at all to begin with.
Regardless of what side of the story is correct, the end result is the same – suddenly, the mod was shit-canned for Game Stock Car Extreme, and a PDF sent only to financial backers of the project outlined a new developer team behind the whole thing, as well as announced the mod would be released for both Assetto Corsa and rFactor 2.
We’ve got that PDF here:
This obviously angered a lot of people, as most gave SimRacingOz a few bucks solely because they wanted this mod for Reiza’s Stock Car Extreme, and knew Reiza were behind an integral element of the whole thing that would guarantee a top notch driving experience. As it stands right now, after the dust has settled, the Stock Car Extreme community basically crowdfunded a mod for Assetto Corsa and rFactor 2.
Nobody is getting their money back, either.
As for MakCorp, the new team behind the project? Their entire portfolio of publicly released mods consists of nothing but beta versions that haven’t been updated in months.