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Featured Automobilista: August Development Update

Discussion in 'Automobilista' started by Paul Jeffrey, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    Sim Racing News Editor Staff Member Premium Member

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    Reiza Studios have maintained their tradition of outstanding community communication by releasing the latest edition of their popular Development Update feature, this time brining news of an upcoming hotfix and further details of the first DLC due for Automobilista, titled 'The Brit Pack'.

    With a full version one release of AMS already behind us, the team over at Reiza are already hard at work updating the game to repair a few issues caused by moving to V1, and working hard at developing the first DLC instalment due to hit the game at the end of September.

    You can read the full August development update below.

    V1.01 hotfix
    Since release last week we´ve identified a few teething issues which we have been since dutifully pursuing - one always tries to be ahead of these but unfortunately a full release is always a bit of a leap into the unknown as we go from having a few hundred beta testers to many thousand of users and the vast range of OS, hardware, drivers and third party software combinations that comes with it.

    One issue that we have partially identified is that AMS v1.0 is failing to launch with Windows 7 if Service Pack 1 is not installed - we´re still pursuing the reason why this came to be with v1.0, but for now we can confirm that updating Win 7 with SP1 is required.

    The hotfix will pack some further DynHUD improvements, fixes to Time Trial mode and some other priority fixes.

    Another issue we´ve been pursuing is further optimization, in particular to memory load - since AMS is a 32bit app, it can only use up to 4GB of system RAM, which means whenever AMS is running north of 3.2GB (as measured from the task manager) it may run into some instability issues. As we´ve been pushing for higher details from cars and tracks, this can mean that running a grid over the specified limits for any given series (usually in between 22-26 cars, other than StockV8 which allows 32) has the risk of overloading the system, causing instability issues and potentially Runtime errors or CTDs. We´re working on optimizing some of the higher detail models, as well as having the series´ max number of opponents better enforced to keep the game constantly on a safer range. Some of these updates are already upcoming with this hotfix.

    V1.1 development
    There are some important new features, both planned and already in the works to make AMS an even more complete sim package before we finally wrap up its development.

    One of these which we can confirm for v1.1 is the Integrated Spotter, based on the popular Crewchief mod as developed by gongo - here´s a sneak preview:

    Here is some further info about this feature from gongo himself:

    "The voice acting is done by my friend, Lincoln Hubbard, specifically for Reiza.
    I've included subtitles (using the Message Center) for people who have a hard time hearing/understanding, or for those players who are deaf (like Ivysaur). It also allows for different language translations while still using the original audio (or vice-versa).

    It includes the ability to spot other vehicles in pit lane (useful for larger races with everyone diving into pits) and also tells you when the safety car is out on track or coming into the pit lane. It will also tell you the pit is open depending on whether or not you are on the lead lap so you never have to guess when you're actually allowed to come in to pit.
    It announces when the pit crew is ready and when they've abandoned the pit request (timed out) as well as when you've requested or unrequested the stop. And since it's integrated directly into the engine, it also tells you when you have a drive-through, stop-n-go, or other penalty as well.

    And yes, it will announce the start of the race session countdown even when you're in the garage as well as give you a "go, go, go" as soon as your pit stop is complete (as requested by Will Mazeo).

    Pit exit clear/has traffic notification is tied directly to the pit exit lights, so if you see it flashing blue, it will tell you there is traffic. The blue flag notification is tied directly to the display of the icon in the corner of the screen, so when you see it, you'll hear the message too."

    1st DLC - The Brit Pack
    As previously announced, our first DLC pack for Automobilista will be the BRIT PACK, comprising 3 classic british tracks along with 4 british club racing cars - these are:

    BRIT PACK - Tracks
    Brands Hatch
    AMS Brands Hatch.jpg
    Cadwell Park

    AMS Cadwell Park.jpg
    Oulton Park
    We don´t have a preview of Oulton Park to show yet, but we do have some good news regarding its development as following our recon trip to the track we´ve also managed to get hold of LIDAR data for it, meaning Oulton will have the distinction of being our first track based on laser scan data!

    BRIT PACK - Cars
    Ultima GTR
    (road & race spec)
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    MCR Sports 2000
    AMS - MCR-2000_WIP.jpg

    Formula Trainer - A semi-fictional wingless trainer car based on british F-Ford, featuring both slicks & treaded tires - this is the bonus car hinted in last month´s update:
    AMS Formula Trainer.jpg

    Caterham (several models) - more details to be confirmed about the included Caterham series soon!

    The BRIT PACK is scheduled for official release on September 27th and will sell for US$ 19.99. Subsequent DLC packs will be released in the following months. More details on what these upcoming DLCs will feature will be presented in our next Dev Update :)
    Worth pointing out that the AMS Season Pass is now also available for purchase from Steam - owners of the Season Pass (which includes Reiza Members as well as backers from all levels of last year´s crowdfunding campaign) will already earn the BRIT PACK along with all the other upcoming AMS DLCs.

    Besides securing all DLCs with a single specially discounted purchase, Automobilista Season Pass also grants Automobilista BETA - a standalone / independent development version of Automobilista, which receives regular updates of in-development features and content, allowing users an early taste of these upcoming goodies (including the DLC items) as these gradually hit beta status. Brands Hatch & Ultima GTR expected to make to next week´s new Beta build.

    Check out the Automobilista sub forum here at RaceDepartment. Download the latest mods, join in the discussion and race with your fellow AMS fans in our epic Racing Club!

    Like the sound of the recent development update? What are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments section below!
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2016
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  2. Lazarou

    Premium Member

    Laser scan Oulton Park, my local track. Can't wait!
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  3. Dave Wild

    Dave Wild
    Premium Member

    Mine too and I can't wait either :)
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  4. Slalom823

    RDTCC S10 Champion Premium Member

    F-trainer formula car, that will be fantastic!
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  5. samcar304

    Sam Carmichael Staff Member

    Its staggering the amount of diversity this sim has in the way of Cars and Tracks...
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  6. Good news, thank you Reiza ! ;)
  7. Nox

    Staff Member Premium Member

    Just out of curiosity, how many DLC packs are we expecting in future?
  8. samcar304

    Sam Carmichael Staff Member

    There has been confirmation of "Legendary Track Packs" That will include multiple layouts of circuits through the years and the modern layout. Imola has been confirmed and im not too sure but i think Hockenheim is also too.
    There is the Brit Pack being released and i dont think there has been any word on another expansion pack like it so far...
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  9. That's always been its best asset to me. No other sim lets me say that I find every car interesting and engaging. Most other titles are just full of chaff that I don't enjoy.
  10. sidewinder26

    Premium Member

    Scanned Oulton Park! Bring it on!
  11. 2017 is three months away and still not a single sign from their Reiza2017 Project. Not even a teaser
  12. ouvert

    Premium Member

    @leon_90 well we know that it is not gonna happend on the start of 2017 :) I think they were pretty clear about it

    Ultima with H-stick is gonna be blast
  13. Still, more than a year has passed since the kickstarter campaign and nothing about any progress on it
  14. indiegogo campaign had nothing to do with reiza2017 project: ''Unfortunately not yet - in fact development & raising funds for the new game is not supposed to be the focus of this campaign. ''

    in case u didnt notice
  15. Fabian Biehne

    Fabian Biehne
    Premium Member

  16. ouvert

    Premium Member

    they are still working (a lot) on AMS ... I guess (hope) lot of new features coming to AMS will be utlilized in Reiza17 eventually but for now they have more things prepared for us ...
  17. As you wish lads, everyone is free to choose what he wants to see and how much of it.
    Beauty of reality is that it is made of perspectives ;) it's never at it's fullest
  18. Slightly Mad Studios are developing their game for ages. do u expect a small team like reiza to pop out a new game out of their hat?
  19. Is it ? :O_o:
    Am I missing something, is this some... leap month year ? :cautious:
    Leon, have a break. Have a KitKat. Everything's under control. Reiza's good. :thumbsup:
    And, in meantime, do some counting exercise.
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  20. samcar304

    Sam Carmichael Staff Member

    Reiza stated that AMS is the foundation Reiza 2017 Will be built on. You cant build a house without foundations.
    All the features and content Reiza are putting into AMS will be included in Reiza 2017. So in a way they are developing Reiza 2017 by progressing with AMS and you could look at it that AMS is the teaser for Reiza 2017...