If you haven’t heard the news by now, Kunos Simulazioni posted a lengthy blog post earlier this morning, outlining their 2015 calendar year as well as giving Assetto Corsa owners a pretty detailed preview of what’s on the horizon in 2016. Not everyone is happy with the announcement, as I received a Reader Submission from Sir Necrophile before I even got a chance to sit down and read the initial blog post. Given the contents of Kunos’ letter to the community, it’s understandable why himself and others are upset not just with Kunos, but the community surrounding Assetto Corsa.
Hey James. As I’m sure you’ve seen, Kunos have made a lengthy post about things to come in AC in 2016, and the Reddit fanboys are out in force even though the post brings no mention of:
- The ability to jump the start
- Rolling starts
- Planning pit stops rather than playing a mini-game in the pit lane
- Timed Races (even though they’re bringing an Audi Prototype to the game!)
- Official Leaderboards (can they really release a console version without these? it would be laughable!)
It also talks at length about how the physics won’t be sacrificed for consoles, and that the console version will in fact focus on the driving experience as its main selling point. It doesn’t even mention artificial intelligence improvements in the future at all! Do they honestly think console players will be satisfied purely by the driving experience when they’re driving round an empty track using a control pad because the game has nothing else for them to do?
Going back to the Audi R18 Prototype, not only are they introducing an LMP1 car in a game that doesn’t support timed races or rolling starts, but you won’t actually be able to have a WEC-style race in single player because we all know what happens to the AI when you try to run a multi-class race. It shouldn’t take more than ten minutes to get some good screenshots as examples!
- “Assetto Corsa never stops to amaze me, the only racing sim I play and will ever play.”
- “I fucking love Kunos, they do a great job communicating with the community. I’m so happy the game is becoming such a huge success for them.”
Who cares? They’re a business, and you’re their customer! I don’t celebrate when McDonald’s posts a profit regardless of how much McDonald’s I eat!
- “I’m just overwhelmed. WOW.”
- “And pit stops! I’m so excited for pit stops!”
Someone is outrageously excited that the game is going to have pit stops in Single Player. You shouldn’t need to get excited about a game, which was released as feature complete in August 2014, adding a feature two years later which all serious racing games should include by default! Holy shit dude, seriously, these people!
This is not well formatted or written, I’m just rambling and baffled by these people and this incomplete game. Is it just because it has pretty graphics? It is very disheartening, I just don’t understand how people can keep throwing money at more cars, more cars, more cars when the actual game itself is barely functional. As you have said in the past, I guess it’s because they’re not actually playing the game, they’re too busy taking screenshots of shiny cars or recording videos of themselves driving a slow lap on their $4000 wheels to post on YouTube. Hardware fetishism is something that’s been bothering me recently too, I’m a pretty competitive racer on a DFGT and I see people talking like it’s basically impossible to drive competently on anything less than an OSW because they’re “uniquely sensitive to input lag” or some such bullshit.
I read through the press release/blog post earlier today, and I wasn’t impressed. Maybe I’m just a cynical cunt and will never find joy in these kinds of letters to the community, but it was essentially an elaborate DLC announcement with nothing of real value. Now, I don’t mind the principle of DLC, I think games like Project Gotham Racing did it right, but the last thing Assetto Corsa needs is more cars and tracks; especially after it was proven the team at Kunos are simply copy/pasting data from one car to the next.
There are a few prototypes coming – which we’ve known for a while – but no option for a timed race, nor can the AI handle multi-class racing. There are multiple DLC packs on the way, but currently no way to join an online room unless you own every last piece of content. Pit stops are planned, yes PLANNED for a future update, but don’t look over there at the guys saying it’s ridiculous for a racing simulator NOT to have pit stops, look over HERE for another shiny new DLC pack. Oh, can’t use the DLC word too much, better thank the community for riding our dicks and mention the next-generation console release.
And as you’ve mentioned above, no hint of AI improvements. No hint of changing the button mashing pit stop mini-game to something more logical and practical in a competitive setting. No safety car, but F1 cars are on the way. No rolling starts, but a nearly complete GT3 grid. A completely pointless drag racing mode is available, but you can’t pick the color of your car online unless you’re personal friends with the server host.
I no no longer understand the praise this game receives. Assetto Corsa ships with less features and content than the “simcade” console competitors like Forza, Gran Turismo, and Project CARS, yet is deemed this highly sought-after PC sim that is somehow above the aforementioned titles. Guys love to boast above the online popularity and the huge modding community, but how many of these users are kids like SlapTrain running around in shitty Grid 2 Nissan Silva rips on tracks built in Google SketchUp?
It’s X-Motor Racing with a bigger budget. Why anyone would willingly continue to support these guys is beyond me. Kunos are about to ship a PS4 game in 2016 without so much as hotlapping leaderboards or competent AI, and somehow people are eating this up because they’re straight up cucked by a group of sim racing developers. After the masterpiece that was Forza 6, and even classic odd-ball titles like Enthusia Professional Racing, nobody aside from the die-hard apologists will accept this. The backlash from all but the most diehard of Assetto Corsa fanboys will be incredible, and while IGN Italia will praise this as Italy’s Gran Turismo (oh wait, they already did, reviewing the game while it was still in beta), your average PS4 owner will wonder what the fuck he just bought.