When RaceDepartment is forced to write a miniature guide preventing users from getting ripped off by Sector 3’s endless stream of microtransactions in Raceroom Racing Experience, you know a few bad decisions have been made somewhere down the line. While underneath the maze of in-game purchases is a very competent racing sim with a lot to see and do, I’m not a fan of a hand constantly reaching into the wallets of my fellow sim racers. If financial domination is your thing, other hobbies are available which allow for a more outward expression of this inner desire.
Thanks to a combination of licensing agreements and unintentional consequences of the Free to Play pricing model, owners of Sector 3’s most recent game are sometimes forced to buy the exact same car three times, as the GT3 cars in R3E are split between three very distinct classes:
- 2013 ADAC GT Masters
- 2014 ADAC GT Masters
Cars such as the Audi R8, Mercedes SLS AMG, Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Camaro, and BMW Z4 appear across all three classes, right down to the same 3D model and set of physics. Yet thanks to the two ADAC GT Masters expansions, as well as an all-inclusive GT3 class featuring an entirely different set of liveries , those who wish to have at least one car for each of the games three GT3 classes are literally buying something they already paid for.
While there is a slight discount for those who already own, say, one instance of the BMW Z4, the entire scenario causes problems online in a hurry. Hosts do indeed have an option to combine all three classes into one massive selection of GT3 cars, but that option is rarely explored. This is because the community surrounding R3E are split between purchasing full expansion packs – dubbed “Experiences” – for the best value, or lone pieces of content to keep costs down and in line with the Free to Play model. Some days, you’ll see somebody hosting a GTR3 server, and on other occasions, you’ll see somebody hosting an ADAC server.
By default, cars from one class obviously aren’t compatible with the other – they’re listed as an entirely different type of car – so users are forced to play smart and purchase at least one car in each of the three GT3 categories, as you’ll never know what type of GT3 server will be up each day. In most cases, users will buy the same car for all three in order to stick with something familiar.
As a consumer, this is really shitty, and unnecessarily segregates the already small amount of players racing online.
If I own Shane Van Gisbergen’s GT3 McLaren 12c from the GTR 3 class, I’m not allowed to join online races featuring the 2014 ADAC GT Masters class, because I don’t own the right livery. Oh, there’s a McLaren in the 2014 ADAC class, so there isn’t any slight performance advantage I’d gain, I just don’t own the right color of McLaren. If I own a BMW z4 from the 2013 ADAC GT Masters pack, I ‘m forced to buy ANOTHER BMW z4 GT3 to join servers running the GTR3 class, even though the cars are identical.
This leads to a scenario where I can buy a GT3 car specifically for racing online in GT3 rooms, and at the end of the day still not be eligible to race in GT3 rooms.
Somebody actually gave the thumbs up to this idea.