Despite only being available for download on Steam’s Early Access platform for a mere three hours, the hardcore sim racers among us have already managed to run into several problems trying to turn laps in Automobilista. The highly anticipated multi-discipline auto racing simulation by Brazilian developer Reiza Studios was set to take the genre by storm in 2016 with a rejuvenated isiMotor engine, but almost immediately the discovery of huge game-breaking performance issues has served to frustrate early adopters of the title.
Unfortunately, I’m one of those people. While seamlessly integrating my previous controller configurations, graphical settings, and car setups from Stock Car Extreme into the brand new sim, venturing out onto the track nearly crashes my game. The framerate drops to a level that’s completely unplayable – we’re talking less than a single frame per second. As Automobilista and Stock Car Extreme are fundamentally the same game with roughly the same system requirements, it’s extremely confusing for my PC to nearly stop running the game completely when I click the Drive button. To add to the confusion, the game performs fine in Replay mode.
And I don’t appear to be the only one having this issue. Within the past hour, others are also reporting that Automobilista is virtually unplayable. Some believe the problem is connected to the game’s Force Feedback setting, though I was unable to rectify the bizarre framerate drop in this manner. These guys have PC builds that are far superior to anything I could ever hope to assemble, and they too report that they straight up can’t even pull the car out of the garage. It’s that bad.
Lastly, both the game itself, as well as the configuration executable, crash at random. A couple of us on Teamspeak noted that Automobilista crashed to the desktop upon merely trying to Escape back to the garage menu after a few laps of driving for those who could get the game to work, and the external graphics configuration menu crashes every single time you leave the application. I’d like to use the excuse of “it’s Early Access”, but let’s be real here – this is Stock Car Extreme with a few more cars and tracks. This is not the same thing as making the jump from Grand Prix Legends to Assetto Corsa.
Reiza will probably get this fixed – Automobilista is so fundamentally similar to their previous release, there’s no reason these issues should exist for more than a day or two, but for those who risked staying up late for the Monday night release within the North American timezone, we’ll be heading back to the message boards until someone gives us the thumbs up that these problems have been fixed.