When we ran our article a few days ago analyzing the rather intriguing interview responses of ISI Community Manager Tim Wheatley in regards to the future of rFactor 2, we weren’t expecting a fallout quite like this. Tucked away within the confines of the SimHQ Motorsports message board – a small but dedicated sim racing community which peaked in popularity during the mid 2000’s – lies an intriguing post warning of a much bigger problem the staff at Image Space Incorporated are currently facing. Not only has the on-going development of rFactor 2 remained rather stagnant aside from the odd track release, apparently rFactor Pro is suffering the same fate behind closed doors.
Sporting a Sahara Force India racing suit in his avatar, and claiming to work with a professional auto racing team’s driver development program as part of his day job, SimHQ user mr_hill has unleashed a snippet of extremely sensitive info that is now being thrust into the spotlight with the help of PRC.net.
mr_hill begins his post by stating his day job keeps him in close contact with rFactor Pro – an advanced version of the traditional rFactor software intended only for professional auto racing teams and other private entities. According to this SimHQ member, Image Space Incorporated have directly informed his company that they will cease to provide updates to the rFactor Pro software, and instead have encouraged the unnamed team’s engineers to tinker with the software themselves should they run across any further issues. mr_hill believes this radical stance on the future with rFactor Pro, coupled with the worrying interview with Tim Wheatley and rFactor 2’s lack of commercial success, indicate that Image Space Incorporated are preparing for challenging times ahead. Furthermore, mr_hill states that his boss is pissed off at the whole ordeal.
After a familiar rFactor 2 user shows up to the thread in an effort to defend ISI’s reputation, mr_hill remains firm on his stance. Again, he states that his day job involves the use of rFactor Pro, and the most he can say is that many inside the auto racing industry are not happy with what ISI have revealed to them in private, and customers who have once relied on rFactor pro are now looking to abandon the software as soon as possible.
We’ll do our best to post more information as it becomes available.