Your average sim racer isn’t required to dig very deep in order to discover some of the glaring issues holding back rFactor 2, and the most recent display by developer Image Space Incorporated is yet another example of a once-prestigious entity failing to deliver even the most basic of promises to their loyal customers. While some may be quick to argue that rFactor 2 is a continuously evolving product, bound to have growing pains and other irregularities that are sure to pop up with each software update, owners of rFactor 2 paid for a game that works, not “is being worked on.”
Build 1080 of the highly sophisticated racing simulator was not met with any sort of applause, as the official Image Space Incorporated forums paint a very disappointing picture for a product that has been available for purchase far too long to warrant these major issues. People straight up can’t connect to servers online – and are having to revert to previous builds or reschedule important league races.
The response from Image Space Incorporated leaves much to be desired. “It’s being looked into” is no longer acceptable given the age and overall state of the game. You have a consumer product on the virtual shelves of Valve’s Steam platform, you’re charging a pretty absurd amount per year for an online pass that grants sim racers access to mostly empty servers, and now a new build has introduced a problem where your audience can’t even race with their friends online.
Even two of the most prestigious online racing series using rFactor 2 as a platform have reverted to an older build of the title, indicating the current issues on display in Build 1080 are far more crippling than the usual list of minor glitches seen in a major update.
I understand that this whole approach of creating an evolving product is a path many developers have chosen within the current world of sim racing, but when you’re this far into a title’s lifespan and pushing out updates that literally break the game, at some point you have to question if this was a logical path to take. This really isn’t funny anymore – rFactor 2 is seriously struggling as is, and the customers Image Space Incorporated have managed to retain over the years are playing the role of beta testers, regardless of whether they wanted to or not. They have paid for a product that works, not is being worked on, and it’s only a matter of time before people inevitably stop caring altogether.