Featuring eight cars and a laser scanned version of the United Kingdom’s Brands Hatch motor racing circuit, Assetto Corsa’s third premium Dream Pack DLC bundle landed on Steam today along with the Version 1.4 tile update, bringing a host of improvements to the extremely popular PC racing sim. Priming the game for a busy 2016 calendar year, a lengthy change log details several areas of the sim have been attended to by the Italian developer, including the online netcode and several graphical enhancements.
While one cannot fault Kunos for their efforts in supporting Assetto Corsa well past the game’s launch in late 2014, fundamental artificial intelligence issues are still disrupting the core single player experience.
Once believed to be the work of two individuals on a campaign to sway the public’s opinion of Assetto Corsa, artificial intelligence issues are now widely regarded as one of the game’s shortcomings, with AI cars now subjected to Project CARS-like physics oddities.
Despite several users attempting to notify Kunos that there is something indeed wrong with an integral portion of the offline component of the racing sim, staff members at Kunos have traditionally held the belief that users concerned about the quality of the product they’ve purchased are “attention whores” with “psychological problems”, and reception has been otherwise overwhelmingly positive.
It remains to be seen whether Kunos will continue to use the same approach when dealing with valid criticism, as yet another premium DLC pack has been pushed on Assetto Corsa owners while a fundamental portion of the game straight up doesn’t work as advertised. Given that the third Dream Pack DLC will be a required purchase for anyone interested in participating in populated online sessions, it’s a tough pill to swallow that nagging issues still haven’t been attended to while Kunos continue to push out additional content as a quick way to earn revenue. To complicate matters even further, next generation console owners will be introduced to Assetto Corsa in only a few short months, and after the disastrous launch of Project CARS, won’t be as kind to a second buggy racing sim appearing on the market.