It was only a few short days ago we reported on Brazilian based Reiza Studios pulling a complete 180 regarding their intentions with this summer’s IndieGoGo campaign. Originally intended to use the community’s $100,000 to bring free additional content to Stock Car Extreme, as well as a new title in 2017 powered by DirectX 12, there has been a sudden shift in direction. Reiza plan to release a stop-gap title in the coming months, repackaging Stock Car extreme into an IP that can appeal to a wider audience. The title will have no new features or engine changes, introduce premium DLC, and have a shelf life of less than one year.
While 95% of financial backers support this sudden shift, as the move is intended to ensure economic stability for the small development team, sim racing elder statesman EmptyBox has blasted the decision, citing implications of a greedy cash grab with no real benefit.
However, buried deep within the gigantic announcement thread is a peculiar post by Reiza themselves. Stock Car Extreme established itself as a spiritual successor to the original rFactor thanks to tire model, force feedback, and graphics updates, yet Reiza apparently want no part of that.
After previously lending their expertise to the third party modding community on numerous occasions, as well as an overwhelming amount of mod sites and leagues switching to the Stock Car Extreme platform because it’s pretty fuckin’ good, suddenly Reiza want to distance themselves from the “stigma” of rFactor.
Even poster boy Rubens Barrichello has dropped the default content in favor of participating in an online league featuring the 2012 Blancpain Endurance series mod – an rFactor conversion that Reiza themselves would deem “out of place.”