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Featured Automobilista March Development Update Released

Discussion in 'Automobilista' started by Paul Jeffrey, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

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    Reiza Studios have released the March development roadmap for Automobilista. Read on to find out what the team have in store for the simulation in the coming weeks...

    Following on from the recent build update released by the Brazilian studio, Reiza continue to work on their Automobilista title and have a number of nice new features and content due to be added to the sim in the coming months before development wraps on the game and attention is turned to the new simulation.

    As has become custom in recent months, Reiza have today revealed their development update post detailing some of the things happening with the simulation in the coming weeks. You can read the post below in full:


    Version 1.3.5 Release
    Just yesterday we´ve deployed our latest v1.3.5 update, packing several fixes and general improvements to the sim.

    On the graphics front, @Alex Sawczuk has developed a series of all new SweetFX profiles, including a new default setting - these can be previewed and set from AMS Config. These new profiles have been overhauled and use a much better tone mapping layout, a nice improvement over the previous offerings.

    We have two categories of profiles. The 'A*' category offers a progression in terms of amount of saturation, the digit in the identifier indicates how much saturation there is. Vivid profiles have roughly same lighting as none vivid profiles. but with extra contrast in them. There is then a 'B*' category. These offer a variety of fun post-FX settings for you to try out, the higher the number the generally the more strange the effect.

    The new default profile is 'A3 Natural Vivid'. Older profiles remains available in the "Legacy" category.

    We expect different monitors to show up the differences in different amounts - hopefully from one of these new configurations you can find one that you like best.

    HERE are some album previews of the new SFX profiles...

    Another important new feature in v1.3.5 is the option to fetch setups from other users as ran in their fastest lap in Time Trial mode. To do that, click on the name of the driver you wish to fetch the setup from, and click the "Fetch Setup" button:

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    The setup will then be available for you to load from the Garage Files menu, in the respective track folder:

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    Keep in mind only laps set from this release onwards will have a setup available for fetching.

    Virtual Xperience TT Rank & Official TT Challenge
    We have recently introduced a new TT Rank via VX for users participating in the TT leaderboards. This is basically how that works:
    • Rank Points are calculated using the position of each driver´s best lap in every series irrespective of track user - the important thing is to register at least one lap with each individual series in the sim.
    • If driver has not registered a lap in any one given vehicle, they are attributed a penalty position (one place higher than the current largest leaderboard in VX)
    • The higher the driver´s points tally, the better his ranking.
    • Full details of laps counted towards a drivers ranking (and penalties applied) are listed on the driver´s profiles.
    We strongly recommend users to work on putting together their complete TT Rank - we´ll be offering a few things in the coming months which will surely make it worth your while, and not only for the top guys!

    Further news on the VX front is that our regular "Time Trial of the Week" fun challenge will be evolving into a full-blown official prize-awarding competition covering 12 weeks, starting April 9th - keep an eye out for the official announcement sometime next week!


    V1.4 Development
    Work is already ongoing on v1.4 development - we´re pushing hard to release it before the end of April.

    Focus currently is on concluding the much anticipated Custom Season Tool for single player championships. We are working on some interesting new options which should hopefully add some extra dimensions not only to championship mode but to the race weekend in general.

    Another area receiving attention for v1.4 is AI - we have compiled a number of AI issues and general areas for improvements and have allocated a few weeks over the remaining months of AMS development to be dedicated towards addressing as many of those issues as we can. While it´s uncertain how much ground we´ll cover already for v1.4 and subsequently for v1.5, we´re hoping to see some substantial improvements before AMS development wraps.

    The long overdue support for Steam Achievements is also in progress and scheduled to make it in for v1.4.

    There have been many enquiries about improving support for the Fanatec CSL and Logitech G29 / G920 - we´re working on those and hope to have news in time for the next release.

    Major developments also coming in the audio front for v1.4, as @domagoj Lovric is making some great gains introducing new filters which should hopefully greatly enhance the aural experience in AMS.

    One of the results from these changes is that we´ll be able to reduce audio samples from the currently huge 16bit / 96kHz WAVs to much smaller 44.1kHz rates. This yields a number of benefits, including smaller RAM usage due to audio samples being considerably smaller size, smaller game footprint on disk and potentially fixing some audio related stutters and glitches.

    As a visual reference, the images below show a comparison with the introduction of the new filters. First image the filter is OFF - notice these dotted sweeping lines (almost looks like fireworks of noise) above thick line in the bottom:

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    Now with filter ON, there is much less dotted lines or "noise":

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    The real proof of course is in the pudding - HERE you can check a preview of how all these developments sound in-game.

    New 2017 Spec Formula Car

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    Work is also progressing on the yet-to-be-named 2017-spec Formula - it´s a looker!

    The new 2017 car will be added as a free base content to AMS. Along with bundles of extra grip, the big news with this car will be the introduction of new physics models as Turbo & ERS are being developed and will be added not only to this car but to others in the sim which feature either or both. This however is unlikely to be completed in time for v1.4 release - we´ll expand on the topic of these new features in our next Dev Update.


    Legendary Tracks Pt 3 - Hockenheimring
    Development of our next DLC is also coming together nicely as the legendary Hockenheim circuit is taking shape, with meshes for both modern 2016 & 2001 versions pretty far along. Here are some early previews:
    AMS Hockenheim 2.png AMS Hockenheim.png

    These 2 versions are expected to be ready in time for release of v1.4 towards the end of april, with 1972 & 1988 version to be added soon after.

    We are looking to confirm the full release schedule for the remaining DLCs as well as some new free base content in the works for Automobilista in time for our next Dev Update, so stay tuned!

    Worth reminding that the AMS Season Pass which secure all currently available DLCs along with the ones still to be released is currently on sale with 35% off - if you haven´t grabbed that yet make sure to do it now!

    Automobilista is a PC exclusive racing simulation from Reiza Studios. DLC can be purchased for the game at an additional cost

    Remember online racing in a clean environment like RaceDepartment can be a real blast! Check out the events we have scheduled for Automobilista in our AMS Racing Club and Leagues sub forum to get involved in the action yourself. Great racing, friendly banter and all skills and experience levels welcomed.

    We have our very own dedicated sub forum for Automobilista. In our sub forum you will find a wide selection of downloadable content to discover, from some of the best add on tracks to a selection of interesting vehicles, our downloads section is a positive treasure trove of additional content for AMS.

    Looking forward to the future development of Automobilista? Like the game currently? Fancy trying out a 2017 spec Formula car in AMS? Let us know in the comments section below!
     
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  2. chargingcar

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    Looks Awesome :D
     
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  3. Andrew Harper

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    Nice work as always. Looking forward to the update :)
     
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  4. Kostadin Kostadinov

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    That season pass proved to be worthy investment.
     
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  6. kedy89

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    Historic Hockenheim :inlove:
     
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    I am not going to say it... must... resist... :D
     
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  8. RayDarcy

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    The old, and new, Hockenheimring circuit is quite dull. Two variations of that from 1988 and 2001 is just a tiny change to the first chicane, otherwise they are identical. Maybe different adverts. Bit of a scam calling them different tracks, likewise Imola and Adelaide variations.

    The 2017 car is a nice addition though. Wonder how it will drive? The Assetto Corsa mod is just sublime, AMS will struggle to come anywhere near close.

    If I want an ageing sim, I will always go for Live For Speed. That sim ages like a fine wine.
     
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  9. paul carter

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    Love Reiza
     
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  10. jimortality

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    Mr ****in positive.
     
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  11. hex

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    What about Ostkurve chicane changed after Comas' crash in 1991, huh? :cautious:
     
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    Nice about the RAM reduction from the audio, since the game will always be 32-bit. Hockenheim might bring me back to the game, looking forward to it.
     
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  13. Erwin Sch

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    Cool updates :thumbsup:

    That timing screenshot (TT) shows everyone's sectors at once, very useful to compare them. I would like this to be the default timing screen in multiplayer also.
     
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  14. ernietheracefan

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    I'd like to see a combined version of the Hockenheim (you know what I mean, right).

    And F1 2017 Reiza looks better than the real one.
     
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  15. ernietheracefan

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    I'd like to see a combined version of the Hockenheim (2016 version with the old layout).

    And F1 2017 Reiza looks better than the real one.
     
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    Jesus, the cartoon explosion is like someone took a bad trip in a charcoal factory. Avoid
     
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  17. Rastas

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    Loool,LFS was great,now not so much,is not even at AMS level,looool,theses days is more a kids game than other thing.........and i was huge fan of LFS,is where i started my sim experience ;)
     
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  18. M D Gourley

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    Absolutely enjoying Automobilista to the max....just 'feel'n da luv' from Reiza with their updates...awesome.
     
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    all 3 chicanes where changed between 1988 and 2001.

    the first chicane became smoother, the second one was completely revised and the third one was made tighter and slower after the tragic imola weekend.

    really looking forward for the new updates.
     
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  20. hex

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    Yes, but you can easily overlook 1st and 3rd chicane, yet not to spot the difference with 2nd chicane between layouts is something amazing in a bad way :p
     
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