And it ain’t pretty:
Over nine minutes of video from known forum troll Hexagramme paints a very grim picture of Assetto Corsa’s latest update, one which caused FPS drops and total game meltdowns for some users while adding a paid DLC pack to the popular Italian racing sim. While the messenger himself doesn’t have the greatest reputation, and people are already claiming he’d hacked the game…
…we at PRC.net ourselves have experienced these similar issues with the artificial intelligence in a former update and basically had to make a video backing everything up that had already been displayed just to confirm the issues were legitimate and not the result of a crazed rFactor 2 fanboy trying to shit on the competition:
Essentially, legitimate game-breaking bugs are pushed under the rug because people don’t like the person who discovered them. While harassment and shit-talking are an unfortunate reality of any online community, and certain personalities do develop that rub people the wrong way, even the developers themselves have bought into this witch hunt mentality, now deeming their own paying customers as suffering from psychological problems just for discovering issues in their game:
To anyone who’s impartial to the current lineup of driving games and the developers creating them, this leads to an incredibly scary situation. Developers are now at a point where they simply don’t care if someone’s found a fatal flaw in their game, as it’s easier to simply label them as crazed trolls and fall back on the numerous ass-kissing comments than actually put forth the effort and create a better product. It is this exact problem with video games in 2015 that leads people like us at PRC.net to sit down and install emulators to play NASCAR games from almost fifteen years ago.
What’s even more hilarious, is that these issues, the same ones that developers labeled certain forum users as suffering from psychological problems just for discovering, are also being found by other users with no connection to the endless internal forum drama whatsoever. In an effort to downplay these numerous issues and prevent people they don’t like from achieving any sort of credibility, these glitch videos are conveniently configured to be unlisted so the majority of potential customers and current users won’t see them.
Assetto Corsa is set to be released in 2016 for the Xbox One and Playstation 4; it’s main competition being Turn 10’s Forza Motorsport 6, and Polphony Digital’s inevitable Gran Turismo release, games with expansive single player campaigns. Meanwhile, Kunos Simulazioni have been unable to succeed in developing competent artificial intelligence despite working on the overall project since 2004, and the videos above are what they have to show for it, while adding yet another paid DLC pack.