During the past few days, Image Space Incorporated have been hard at work pushing out both new content and updates to existing content within rFactor 2, attempting to flesh out the hardcore racing simulator with a selection of cars and tracks that are intended to appeal primarily to the North American Audience. ISI’s fictional version of Darlington Raceway has received a small update, but the big news is the compete revitalization of Joesville Speedway. What was once a track nestled comfortably within a small mountain range is now a lovechild between Stafford Motor Speedway and South Boston Speedway, ISI now listing the track’s location as somewhere in Florida.
Unfortunately, despite the addition of two oval tracks that take a fair bit of skill to drive, nobody seems to care.
This screenshot of the online server browser was taken at 10PM EST (so twenty minutes ago), directly in the middle of prime time for North American rFactor 2 users. East Coast rFactor 2 players have just under an hour before their evening news comes on, while California residents sat down at their PC’s about an hour ago. It’s a Tuesday night, and there’s nothing for your average American sim racer to do aside from play video games. You’d think our resident rFactor 2 NASCAR fans would jump on for some laps, right?
There is basically nobody online period, and the brand new content released a few days ago, such as Joesville or Brookdale, can’t even be found on the server browser. The lone Stock Car server has the session configured to run Daytona, and even though restrictor plate tracks routinely producing highly exciting online races regardless of the field’s combined skill level, the room is a ghost town.
The 2015 Stock Car add-on for rFactor 2 was highly anticipated in the months leading up to its release. Not even a month later, interest has completely evaporated, while sim racers from all over the globe celebrate another successful message board witch hunt instead.