This probably isn’t the news you wanted to hear. No less than two hours after our piece about Reiza’s new title, Automobilista, has gone live, we’ve already received a Reader Submission from a source that wishes to remain anonymous regarding a portion of the upcoming DLC plan for the 2016 racing sim. It’s not good. In fact, a lot of people are about to be rightfully pissed off. There is a chance content previously added in free updates for Stock Car Extreme will be removed from the default content list in Automobilista, and re-sold as premium downloadable content.
All owners of Stock Car Extreme will receive Automobilista for free, as it’s essentially the same game, but Reiza is looking at the possibility of removing desirable cars and tracks from the game in an effort to generate additional revenue by offering them as DLC. IndieGoGo contributors from the crowdfunding campaign this summer will receive these packs for free, provided they’d donated to the project while it was active.
I’ll leave it to the anonymous source to say a bit more.
Hey James. I know you don’t have access to the Reiza forum, so here’s what you’ve been missing. Don’t mention my name or initials because it’s now a bannable offense to leak things to you. Reiza are going to take content out of Stock Car Extreme and sell it as DLC for Automobilista. So far it’s just the classic version of Imola, but things are subject to change.
This isn’t cool. Like, at all. Because at first, it’ll just be Imola. And people will undoubtedly say “stop being such a whiny baby, it’s just one track!”
Then, it’ll turn into “we had to drop historic Montreal and Johannesburg too.” We weren’t aware there was a reason for Automobilista to exist when the crowdfunding campaign was in full swing over the summer; most sim racers assumed they were crowdfunding extra content for Stock Car Extreme in the near future, as well as a new title in 2017. Suddenly, that plan was turned upside down, an entirely new stop-gap game was spawned, and backers were told to deal with it.
This is just the beginning. Reiza can’t afford too many more slip-ups like this.