PRC.net readers are all well aware that Assetto Corsa as it appears on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 was an abysmal package which retained none of the illustrious magic that captivated hardcore sim racers on the PC, but word on the street is that Kunos Simulazioni and 505 Games are already in a tricky spot. While unverified message board rumors can range anywhere from eerily accurate to completely off the mark, and it’s traditionally not wise to invest in the validity of a piece concocted by a user with no prior credentials, a post by Bibbles within the Assetto Corsa Console Lounge hints at a significant problem brewing behind the scenes.
According to this user, an employee from GameUK revealed to him that hard copies of Assetto Corsa have now been discontinued, and stores will no longer stock the game due to an “avalanche of complaints” in regards to consumer reception of the title. The clerk also supposedly stated that he would not be surprised if Assetto Corsa was taken off the respective online marketplaces of each current generation console completely, though I find this aspect hard to believe given utter tripe such as No Man’s Sky has been allowed to freely roam the marketplace – even though everyone who owns some kind of modern gaming platform knows that Sean Murray is a liar.
Yet is this situation totally out of the realm of possibility? No. Unlike the aforementioned No Man’s Sky, where you can’t just remove a game from the shelves after a multi-million dollar advertisement campaign, Assetto Corsa flew completely under the radar; a niche offering intended for a fraction of a fraction of hardcore driving game fans. The removal of the game from both prominent console storefronts isn’t something that would even make headlines; rumor has it that Assetto Corsa only moved around 8,000 copies in the United Kingdom, essentially putting the game on-par with forgotten endeavors such as Sega Rally Revo and Bizarre Creation’s Blur. There wouldn’t be a lot of outrage if this random guy behind the counter of GameUK was telling the truth – barely anybody bought this game, and most who did, promptly returned it.
The thread obviously descends into utter chaos, with a janitor eventually locking the thread due to “misleading” and “inaccurate” information, but there’s another aspect to this story found in a different post which raises some eyebrows. Despite an abundance of post release downloadable content recently arriving in the console versions of Assetto Corsa, none of it has even been implemented into the static online servers – meaning those who have paid extra for additional sets of cars and the Black Cat County circuit, can’t even use them outside of the incredibly dull single player sessions. It’s as if Kunos and 505 Games have basically given up on the title already, neglecting to implement the game’s downloadable content into the dedicated servers.
And remember, this is a fairly big problem to owners of Assetto Corsa, as the console version of the game does not allow them to create their own lobbies that adhere to their specific gameplay options. You are forced to play on the servers Kunos has set up, regardless of how many retards you’re sharing the grid with.
Is there any truth to the message board rumors? It’s hard to say. A random message board personality revealed that Project CARS would receive a delay all the way back in 2015 based on some random clerk at a video game store giving him the heads up – and it later turned out to be true. The very same situation could play out for Kunos Simulazioni and 505 Games; a lowly clerk who doesn’t care for these games and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is may have accidentally revealed a fairly substantial piece of news on us.
Or, it’s just a random guy being a shit disturber because he knows he can whip the Assetto Corsa fanboys into a frenzy.
If any of you readers of PRC.net are employed by a major retail chain who can access this kind of information to either confirm or deny the rumor, we’d love to hear from you.