Not much of an opinionated Reader Submission to start off Halloween weekend, but rather a really killer news tip that other sites haven’t picked up on yet. PRC.net reader BN97 has done some digging in the official ISI rFactor 2 forums, and found that URD has been given the thumbs up to convert Assetto Corsa premium DLC into rFactor 2, and it will be released for free.
Kunos is allowing URD to port a lot of their DLC cars into rFactor 2. The news mainly comes from this thread in the ISI forums. Basically Kunos have said to URD that they can convert the cars they want to (yes they have been given official permission) as long they wait 60 days after the car comes out in Assetto Corsa. URD have utilized this already with the Corvette C7R GTE, and are now in the process of converting the BMW M235i VLN, the Toyota GT-86, and they are waiting to convert another car from the second Dream Pack DLC, though we haven’t been given a name.You guys are good at having varied opinions, so I thought you might like this story. It might stop those trolls saying that you guys hate every sim in existence.
Do you guys think its good for developers to allow conversions like this? Do you think this is a method of combating half-assed converts from Russian modders with shoddy physics?
Well, for one, it’s great that URD are behind the project, as I think the only payware mods I’ve ever bought have been from URD. I mean, I hate payware mods, I think they’re stupid and have no place in racing sims, but the quality was so good that it was equivalent to buying official DLC for rFactor 2. The Toyota GT86 is the Japanese Pontiac Solstice, but obviously stuff like the BMW 235i and any future race cars will be well received within the small rFactor 2 community. It’s no secret that rFactor 2 is a much better platform for leagues than Assetto Corsa ever will be, so from a player’s perspective this is a pretty sweet deal.
I know Sev is hyped for the M235i, as he drove in the controversial RaceDepartment league earlier this year featuring the car and found a few physics oddities that will be rectified in rFactor 2…
…but it all depends on what cars URD chooses to convert in the future. People want race cars and the occasional super car. However, I’m on the fence as to whether Kunos made the right call from a business standpoint. I think it’s a phenomenal venture to display the camaraderie between rival racing sim developers, but if the first few cars are extremely successful and it sort of kickstarts activity in rFactor 2, you’re looking at a future where people slowly leave Assetto Corsa.
Think about it: two games with increasingly similar content, yet one has more features and functionality. You’re gonna go with rFactor 2 if you’re a smart consumer. Bizarre, but entirely possible that Assetto Corsa URD rips sell copies of rFactor 2, because Assetto Corsa’s roster of cars is unique enough to enhance the library of content available for rFactor 2.