Occasionally, combing through the comments sections on popular sim racing news articles warrants a story more interesting than the original piece itself. VirtualR.net recently posted a hefty amount of Automobilista screenshots and videos to showcase the upcoming 2016 racing sim by Reiza Studios, though it appears an interesting fight has broken out among users within the comments section. Complete with deleted posts and accusations that produce more questions than they do answers, the Red Corner sees Reiza Studios developer Renato Simioni, while the Blue Corner features beta tester for Reiza Studios Gui Cramer.
The argument begins when a user on VirtualR.net suggests that the rallycross portion of Automobilista has the potential to be a more realistic overall experience than Codemasters’ own DiRT Rally, a title we considered to be the best racing sim released in the 2015 calendar year. Gui states that Automobilista is no match for DiRT Rally, though he blames Renato Simioni of Reiza Studios for not allowing Automobilista to reach its full potential.
Simioni steps in and pours gasoline on the fire, accusing Cramer of playing an old build of Automobilista, and then hinting that Cramer was removed from the Automobilista beta program for not having a positive attitude towards the project.
Gui fires back, and pulls no punches. At first, Cramer alludes to an interesting workplace environment at Reiza Studios, before mentioning a lack of depth compared to other modern racing sims. However, Cramer brings up a little-known fact about another Reiza Studios release, Formula Truck, to strengthen his argument. Cramer claims that Renato promised an update to Formula Truck, but “never delivered”, and then removed all of his own posts mentioning the upcoming update. Gui ends his post by once again mentioning “there are talented artists and developers who try to make the most of what there is, despite you running the company” – implying Renato is simply another sim developer with attitude problems.
It’s all a very ugly situation, and a handful of posts appear to have been deleted; ones that we can’t exactly go and retrieve given that VirtualR.net uses Disqus as a commenting platform and old comments are not archived by the Wayback Machine. Regardless, it appears that Cramer may have gotten the upper hand in this argument, continuing to mention the abandonment of Formula Truck as just one of many examples that Reiza Studios may suffer from the same problems plaguing other notorious developers such as Slightly Mad Studios and Kunos Simulazioni.
Outbursts like this are reasons to keep your eyes peeled on the comments section of some articles, as the sim racing community is small enough, you never know for sure who might show up prepared for a boxing match. As for Gui Cramer’s comments about how Reiza Studios is run behind the scenes by Renato Simioni, we’ve learned far too often here on PRC.net that when there’s smoke, there’s usually fire.