Another Month Without Custom Lobbies for Console Version of Assetto Corsa

The current generation console version of Assetto Corsa needs no introduction at this point. Horribly un-optimized, and lacking in basic features & functionalities seen in games dating back to the PlayStation 2 era, the popular PC simulator’s jump to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 hardware has been anything but a wise decision for Kunos Simulazioni, with the vast majority of customers exposed to the Italian team’s ineptitude and lack of foresight – traits that PC owners were at least able to sweep under the rug, distracted by an abundance of third party mods to extend the lifespan of the game.

Establishing itself as the peak of the metaphorical mountain of problems and omissions plaguing the console renditions of Assetto Corsa would be the game’s complete lack of custom lobbies. Unlike basically every online racing game ever, which would let you open a private or public lobby under your own rules with the specific cars and tracks you’d selected, Assetto Corsa instead takes an approach reminiscent of modern first-person shooters, and forces sim racers to join already established servers with preset combinations. Obviously, this has not sat well with the userbase – on top of being unable to conduct proper league races and dirty/inexperienced drivers commonly creating mass chaos on the grid, many cars available on the vehicle roster, including DLC cars some had paid extra for, are not available to be driven in online sessions. Given that the game’s artificial intelligence is a bit of a mess, and the Career mode offers the depth of an iPad game, people have every right to be choked.

Customers raised hell upon the launch of the game, as many took to Facebook blasting Kunos Simulazioni for leaving out what is objectively a very basic feature that almost every video game with online functionalities comes bundled with by default. To combat the wave of negativity, the community manager for 505 Games released a very generic statement to try and keep the terrible reception from getting out of hand, but it instead read like a whole lot of hot air – as one forum user puts it, “all I get from that is that they’ve heard the complaints, but aren’t going to do anything about it.”

We hear you! Our biggest priority with the console editions of Assetto Corsa was to release a stable game with great driving. Be rest assured, going forward, we are going to do our very best to take community feedback on board and build upon the foundations we’ve laid.

That was in August of 2016. Yet as the weeks clicked off and it became more and more apparent that the console version of Assetto Corsa was a total disaster compared to its already shaky PC counterpart, a core group of Assetto Corsa fans became very vocal about what the game did well, and said they would be willing to stick around for the long run if Kunos Simulazioni were able to implement custom lobbies, as the raw driving experience was enough to make people dismiss other concerns they had about the quality of the game.

Four months went by – September, October, November, and December – before Kunos Simulazioni actually addressed the topic of custom online lobbies directly, only coming after four months spent pushing out wave after wave of downloadable content package, some of which couldn’t even be used online, as the server rotation had not been updated to include DLC cars. According to the Assetto Corsa community blog published on January 27th of 2017, private lobbies would be coming to the console versions of Assetto Corsa, they were currently in quality assurance testing, and “the finish line is in sight!”

Console owners instead received more downloadable content instead, as well as single player events that should have came bundled with previous DLC packages that Kunos accidentally forgot to include in their respective DLC bundles several months earlier. RaceDepartment estimated a mid-to-late February release for custom lobbies, but to the disappointment of sim racers, Valentine’s Day brought with it more ways to spend money on Assetto Corsa, without any of the promised improvements. February came, February ended, and aside from an increase in DLC, no custom lobbies.

We’re halfway through March, It’s now 195 days after the release of Assetto Corsa for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and a feature that almost the entire community unanimously demanded Kunos Simulazioni to implement into the software from day one, a feature so basic it’s been in almost every online racing game dating back to their inception, is still nowhere to be found. Gaming is such a connected experience in 2017 there’s even a goddamn SHARE button on the controller, but yet Kunos Simulazioni won’t even let you race with your friends in the manner which you desire. Threads on the matter clog up the Console Forums, but at this point they’re acting as comic relief more than anything; the Kunos Simulazioni apologists attacking other users for daring to ask how such a preliminary set of options could be left out of a modern auto racing simulator with such vitriolic responses, you start to wonder if its the staff themselves attacking users under alternate accounts – it’s not like they have the greatest reputation to begin with.

Apparently wanting a product with industry-standard features is akin to kicking and screaming like a child for “not having his toy how he wants it, and when he wants it.” Never in my life have I seen such anti-consumer practices eaten up by a woefully delusional audience; modern passenger vehicles would be slaughtered for not including an air conditioning unit to keep passengers cool, or a radio of any sorts for in-car entertainment, but yet here we’ve got a guy basically saying you’re being a spoiled brat for merely pondering why industry standard online options have been left out of the base product and still have yet to materialize. This is insane, and only goes to show that Kunos are more talented at building a rabid fanbase whom defend their every move, no matter how bizarre or nonsensical they may be, than they are at creating competent auto racing simulators.

Will we ever see custom lobbies in the console version of Assetto Corsa? My prediction is yes, but they will be too little, too late, and people certainly won’t forget about this chaos if there’s a second iteration of the software.

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102 thoughts on “Another Month Without Custom Lobbies for Console Version of Assetto Corsa

  1. It is not acceptable to release garbage like this, post 2005. SMS and Turn10 must look at this pile of horse shit and laugh themselves to sleep at night. Driving Simulator my arse. It’s a show-pony for one man’s unhealthy obsession. A pony that should have been shot years ago. Say what you like about Ian Bell, at least his product has playability and longevity. This bedroom project should be being passed around on DVDs in the schoolyard amongst friends, not dropped on an unsuspecting hardworking cash-paying audience. An audience who are literally verbally torn apart by the lead programmer when they dare to question his company’s motives or abilities.
    The whole scenario stinks. I sincerely hope it dies a death.

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      1. Hah! I thought it was iRacing’s Tony Gardner… but yeah, you are right. This was about consoles so it couldn’t have been him.

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  2. Sadly it was always bound to end up this way. It’s clear that Kunos only released a console port as a cash grab, without consideration of whether they could actually produce a functional game. After all, they’ve had a hard enough time getting the PC version sorted out. The treatment of console players on issues like this simply confirms that. If (and that’s a big if) we see a sequel to AC, I don’t imagine it will come out on consoles.

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  3. I have never seen such a load of shite as ashitto.
    This so cold simulation that warps you back to the pits. Where you can’t change your setup between sessions although the conditions change. Has a frame rate so poor your eyes start to bleed. No public and full customisable lobbies.
    A abysmal career mode.
    The are never getting a penny from me ever again. Even if the build the best game/ simulator the world has ever seen. Kunos and all there pc elitist fanboys can go Fuck them self. Me and my mates are back on forza. Is it perfect no is it a thru sim no far from it. Do we have lots of good close racing every night hell yeah. My hope is on pcars 2. But that’s probably going to have the same problems as the first one. So I can only hope forza7 is going to up there game.

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      1. Not very nice telling someone to get cancer is it
        So probably a pc elitist fanboy who got his feelings hurt
        Go cry in I corner you wanker

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        1. It’s one of those autistic Assetto Corsa fanboys who have made the simracing community a complete wasteland. Wish they’d stop pissing and shitting in every corner and instead flush themselves down the toilet.

          These same neckbeard autistic wankers who don’t know how society works also destroyed the once peaceful and harmonious scene called the Flight Sim community. RIP Frugalsworld.

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          1. Yet you are the one coming here to piss and shit around…care to read what you write and maybe reflect on it before pushing the “post comment” button?

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    1. lol, forza, pcars, pcars2, forza7…
      Mate, AC is not a game, its nothing you play, its a simulator. There is nothing more to do then to drive.
      Just educate yourself before buying stuff…

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      1. That’s a proper pc elitist fanboy answer. When is it being a simulator a reason to be a total crock off shite. This so called simulator that warps you back to the pits. Let out start with stone cold tyres. Its ok not to have tyre warmers but the you should be able to do a warm up lap. Like in real life. A simulation as close to real life as possible. Ashitto a simulator bhahaahahahahahahahahahaha

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        1. Not only does it let you out with cold tyres, you also must warm them tyres up carefully to get get the best performance out of them.

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          1. A simulator you say? In 43 years spectating at motor racing events I’ve never seen a car get beamed up back to the pits 100 yards past the finish line. I’ve also never seen 15 competitors afraid to overtake the guy in front because he has a huge invisible forcefield either side of his car. I’ve also never seen cars hit invisible landmines at Monza. Nor have I seen a motor race so incredibly boring that I have had to walk away mourning the loss of the previous 30 minutes of my life. Not since I last watched F1 anyway.

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            1. In the pc version you can drive to the pits, so the teleport only happens much later when is time to switch sessions back to qualifying. Although this change came in last update.
              About the rest of the stuff you’re talking about seem more like a rare bug or some exaggerations from your part.

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              1. Why don’t you pc elitist fanboys actually go try this asshitto so called simulator on the console before pretending that you have all the answers. It’s pretty obvious that you haven’t got a clue about the state of the so called simulator on the consoles so go crawl back to your pc u moron. Rare bug don’t make me laugh this simulator is a bug that should have been squashed years ago, it’s the most incomplete untested pile of poo the console has ever seen. As for the comment “AC is not a game, its nothing you play, its a simulator. There is nothing more to do then to drive” then why is it advertised as a game and why are there race events/crap online lobby’s that console users have no control over and only can use certain cars on certain tracks hahahaha total simulation my arse. The only thing this game simulates is how not to launch a crappy pc bugged port and how not to deal with the console children. So mr pc elitist fanboy who likes to just drive on your own “bye have a great time” hope you enjoy pleasuring yourself or sucking on some thai ladyboys.

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                1. because we pc elitist fanboys do not play AC on console. Thats just stupid. Wait I spell that for you, cause you are one of the very slow ones: S.T.U.P.I.D
                  You do not appreciate a good sim, cause you can not make out the difference anyway, propably even driving with a pad
                  Like feeding truffles to horses really.
                  Better for you to stick to Mario cart

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                  1. Then why reply back I.D.I.O.T HAHAHA. A good sim would be a sim that actually works unlike this beta version of the pc game. If you haven’t even tried the game on console then your opinions on here are of no use to anyone just like the I.D.I.O.T.S on the forum. I play all driving games on a wheel and can certainly tell whats good or not and this is shite and hell mario kart would be alot more enjoyable than this beta game at least it would work hahaha. Away back to your overclocked pc because your points are invalid here. Spank u come again.

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                    1. The only thing you can tell is, if you’re wanking or filling up the luu.
                      What a shame, you have backed down to this last safe place on the interent to vomit your completely worthless and false opinion about a computer game, and still you are being put in your place, time and again.

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  4. Fired up assetto last night for the first time in a while , admittedly the game has a great feeling through my my t500 once dialled in , unfortunately that is where the fun stops .

    It has to be up there with the most boring racing titles ever made , it has nothing to keep the user engaged , its as dull as fuck.

    These guys saw the success of pcars on console and thought we can jump on this wagon, as for the dlc I love a Porsche but I’m sure as hell not paying for cars to do nothing with them.

    It’s actually a product console could have done without .

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      1. Yeah really, this game is so totally boring, and its also more then 3 years old now.
        I really can not understand why it has the highest player count on Steam Charts.
        I really can not understand why such a shitty car manufacturer as Porsche has choosen AC as their simulator for their customer centers
        I really can not understand why another shitty small italien manufacturer like Ferrari uses Assetto Corsa in their customer F1 sim rigs.
        I really can not understand why AC was awarded the best driving game in 2016 by the red bull magazine.
        I really can not understand why Kunos has their office inside the Vallelunga race track.
        I really can not understand why the developers test the cars ingame against the real cars around the race track, thats just so, so boring…

        There is so much I do not understand, I think it will be better for me to just relax, and turn on my Xbox. I need some real game to entertain me and keep me engaged.

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  5. Totally agree. It’s BORING. Totally devoid of enjoyment.
    Go say that in their forums and await the replies! Especially that wanker Charles who must be somehow directly related to the devs, or worse still, that prick who thinks that the brakes on race cars don’t squeak.
    Wankers. All of them.

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  6. I rather play Forza than the console version of AC, as Forza is much more feature complete and has much more content than AC. The only thing that makes AC on consoles appealing is the physics, but how does that matter when the other 90% of the game is dull and boring as fuck. The fact that this game still doesn’t have custom lobbies for consoles is downright embarrassing.

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  7. Last but not least as far as consoles go , between assetto and pcars people are going to be very sceptical of sim racing titles in general .

    I guess its a hard balance between fun and realism but when there is no fun to be had you may as well toss your game out the window.

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  8. assetto corsa was a good driving game but public lobby’s is a wreck fest shame its gone down hill faster as a fat women in a cake shop but wont be long till AC2 be out with buying dlc on top of dlc oh heres a car but if you want it in red its a extra ten pound of dlc a just wish there would just say sorry we have done it wrong sorry for the wait on the beta of this game as thats what this game is at the mo just a beta

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    1. “with buying dlc on top of dlc oh heres a car but if you want it in red its a extra ten pound of dlc”

      Are you confusing it with raceroom racing experience?

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  9. Hey James,

    thanks for all this publicity, we really don’t deserve it. By now all our loyal fans know we care deeply about our opinion of our game, and we know it is the best. We repeat this message over and over on our website, we are listening and we will have news for everyone soon – yes PC fans it begins in D and ends in C, you just need to be Lucky and guess the middle letter. At least that is what 505 games PR department tell us to say. As I type this I have my feet up on my desk, working hard once again. If you want to discuss this in more detail please join our official forum where our loyal PC players will soon put your misguided thinking right. Make sure to sign up with a new forum name on each visit to praise the best simulator ever made as our members of staff are instructed to do daily.

    The truth is the console version was a glorious cash grab to pay for the Porsche packs on the PC version and to sell our company to 505 games. Yes we used 2 school children to port an old version of the PC game to console, it kept them out of trouble, and it is proof that people really will buy anything with enough marketing. Before you moan about this, when was the last time you built a company which sold for 4 million? That’s right, never so think before you type. We ripped off a few console players, we kept our hardcore PC audience happy and they always like my posts and that is all I care about. We’ll do it again in a few months with a lot more DLC this time, the game name is a secret but I can tell you it will end with a 2.

    If you deem yourself worthy enough to reply to a Lord remember to keep your comments polite and in the tone of a posh exclusive tennis club where you are an invited member, the fact you paid for membership is irrelevant it is my club and you will play in my way. If you are rude I will send my loyal PC fans to your house in time for your next party and you will soon have no friends or life just like them. I will also have you banned from the internet forever.

    Every paid reviewer said our game was amazing after a free holiday and as much booze as they could drink, most of the reviewers couldn’t keep the cars on track but who cares the reviews never lie.

    Bring on your comments console lovers, I haven’t had a good public meltdown in hours.

    Love all you PC guys,

    Your Lord

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  10. Well at least it payed for your Ferrari. And all the ladyboys you want to fuck. So us console peasants got ripped off who cares. As long as the pc elitist ass kissing fanboys are happy. At least the will suck your cock when you run out off ladyboys.

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    1. You are the reason we do not have any Dutch cars in our most amazing No1 simulator ever. A humourless German PC simmer is on his way to your house right now. Well he will be once his mum has warmed up the car.

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      1. Well we know what to do with Germans over here. I think I have a nice tall tree waiting for him. Hope he brings his pc so I can stuff it up his arse before I string him up

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        1. Now now kids just go out and buy a pc.

          As better game on there as consoles and Germans you say …. sniper elite will suit you

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          1. Good thing about sniper elite is.you do not only get to shoot Germans but Italians as well. Good.to get rid of.some frustrations

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  11. some people is going to hate me but Assetto corsa is class on the console as no track limits so a can cut the track right out

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  12. Are these a couple of haters impersonating different many anonymous posters? Jeez the obsession is strong, you learned that from James?

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    1. Sorry the frustration runs deep with this one
      Especially wen the pc elitist fanboys keep telling you there’s nothing wrong with the game……..sorry “simulator”

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      1. You’re frustrated my friend, calling everyone that doesn’t play AC on console a “pc elitist fanboy”. There are rights and wrongs, there good things in and there are missing things. Just play the game, give feedback to the devs if you want, but anything more is just pure sick obsession. That’s what you’ve been demonstrating here with all your comments.

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        1. Give fed back to the devs done it loads of times with problems and get no joy I thinking talking to a wall you get more joy out of it as spent over £300 on wheels as thinking oh my wheels are old a upgrade no it’s the game

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        2. Sorry I’m not calling everyone who doesn’t play on the console a pc elitist fanboy only those who defend it to a fault
          Especially the ones who never played it on console
          I know it’s pretty good on pc that’s wy when all bought it. Because it got recommended to us by a pc player. And we all trusted them to give us the same experience as on the pc. But what the brought out was a beta of a beta. And that would be alright if the brought it out on a early access version for half price.but instead the.did a cash grab to get the Porsche license and sell the company on. Never intended to release a proper game on console

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          1. Yep they did a cash grab, not much of a game on pc either but at least i find driving fast entertaining so seeing as its psychics are good i don’t feel too upset, I get use out of it, it doesn’t cost much to buy a game so i’m not going to cry too much & just wait till something better arrives. There really is pretty much nill choice for consoles, not sure there is that much of a market for it.

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            1. I think when it’s done wright there’s a big market on console for it. But your not going to get it with some half finished crap. Doesn’t cost much to buy a game you say. Well I think 60€ is a lot of money to spend on something that doesn’t deliver what is promised. Could be called false advertising in some businesses

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    1. yeah but good PC is a couple of grand to buy. I can go and buy a good track car and go out in the real world and rag a car around a track bin it and not go “poof” im back in the pits by paul daniels magic

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      1. Then do that then? Thing is i would rather have a pc as i can use it for other things & it is far more practical. My PC cost allot but i use it allot & get my money out of it. I actually have a Mx5 sitting on my drive collecting dust i could probably turn in to a track car & i’ve thought about it but hey i can’t really be arsed. Each to there own.

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        1. You don’t need a couple off grand pc. Unless you have to do some high level graphic design maby. But its real silly to spend that kind of money just to play a game. Unless your some spoiled rich kid

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          1. You don’t need it but like i said a pc can do other things & really you just buy what you can afford right? I’ve always had a pc since a young child never owned a console & always purchased upgrades since then never a full pc So the cost is spread. I have VR so wanted a powerful gfx card & processor to run things at a highest settings & to me its totally worth the money. I mean shit i’ve spent more money on beer, drugs, cloths, women & fast cars & probably regretted that more.

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  13. Its Kunos own fault to sell Assetto Corsa on Consoles.
    They have thought console gamers have the same attitude and expectations towards a racing game as their PC audiance.
    Instead console gamers are 99% kids, that have no idea about cars, but want only features, bangs and whistles, and cars with 20000HP
    Completely useless effort.
    Go earn some cash, invest in a good spec PC, and decent wheel&pedals. Then come here again and say that AC is shit.
    iRacing has bad gfx by today standards, but to not have to deal with the dumb console folks is worth the money it costs to me

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    1. Never said the game is shite on pc.
      No need for bangs an whistles
      Even the console players want realism. But instead the delivered a crock of shite that’s no where near real. Or playable

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  14. AC is the biggest fucking con job since Hitler’s Diaries or The Turin Shroud.
    We’ve all been conned. Give them as much shit as they deserve.

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  15. The forum police have just shut down the Private Lobbies thread. It was all getting a bit uncomfortable, all that talk of broken shit, unfulfilled promises, and realisation that it just ain’t gonna work, ever.
    They’ve been rumbled. The game is up. It’s all getting a bit close to home for them now. “More DLC anyone? Here’s some Ferrari teaser shots. Go suck on these bad boys while we sit and scratch our arses for another 6 months at your expense”.
    Cretins.

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        1. Wel it’s going in for submission. Then it’s going to be held back again for a month or so.
          And the other question is are the going to be fully customizable lobbies. So I can choose the car and track combo I want. And even more important can you turn on the track limits. Witch would be nice for a “simulator”

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        2. I take it you won’t be happy neither when private lobbies are in. Is just your natural character. When some things aren’t in the game you lose your shit, when those things are put in the game you don’t care and might even make another sarcastic comment. That’s just your personality and you want to force it on everyone. But that is just sad.

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          1. So When I sell you a car
            And when you come to pick it up it has no wheels. You just say ….a well and drive it home on the brake disks.
            Yeah wright no problem having essential bits missing.

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            1. essential bits missing —- private lobbies

              LOL

              Even if the game wouldn’t have online multiplayer at all, that wouldn’t be considered an essential bit.

              Your example of comparison is very very flawed and in no way applies to private online lobbies for creating online session. But at least is nice to know these are the masterminds fanboying for prc.

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              1. My comparison is not flawed at all. If you knew at forehand the car came without wheels you wouldn’t have bought it. Or at least had asked for a better price. It says on the box fully customizable I say it again so you understand fully customizable multiplayer. If I knew there wasn’t any I would never had bought it.

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                1. Just because all sims have multiplayer doesn’t make it an essential bit for a racing game. Just like not all first person shooters need multiplayer.

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  16. The c*nts in their forums astound me……
    Some prick now suggesting that anyone that complains about the quality of the product shouldn’t complain unless THEY KNOW THEMSELVES how to fix it. What a complete and utter fucking tosspot nob jockey.

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  17. From Assetto Corsa’s twitter today:

    “For those asking about private lobbies on console, we’re going into submission at the end of the month. Expect to get the feature in April!”

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

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