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Featured July Development Roadmap Released for rFactor 2!

Discussion in 'rFactor 2' started by Paul Jeffrey, Jul 22, 2017.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

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    Studio 397 have revealed their latest 'development roadmap' detailing the future of the rFactor 2 simulation, as planned during the month of July.


    With development pushing ahead at full steam, Studio397 have revealed what the future looks like for rFactor2 in the coming weeks and months..


    Competition
    As we previously announced, McLaren’s World’s Fastest Gamer starts soon, and we are really excited that rFactor 2 was chosen as the flagship qualifying platform. This competition aligns with the overall competition structure that we are currently building, allowing tournament style events that extend all the way to a license progression system. Our competition platform will be unique in many ways: we will have our own structured competition and, in addition, support the community. We actively believe in the strength of our community to run outstanding events, both online and onsite. Specifically, APIs will be made available to allow sanctioned leagues/competitions to integrate with our overall structure, providing visibility and consistency. We are also developing our license structure based on an overall percentage rating and a system that penalizes drivers for off-track or bad driving by giving time penalties instead of relying on an independent safety rating.

    Content
    We have some even more exciting news: it’s no secret that we are releasing a McLaren GT car. And now, we are pleased to announce that it will be….drum roll please… the awesome McLaren 650s GT3!

    This McLaren will be used in the World’s Fastest Gamer competition and will be available for you all as a paid item in our upcoming item store at the start of August. We’re really excited to launch with this car, which was developed in close cooperation with McLaren. But that’s not all! This car will also be part of a soon-to-be-released wider pack, reaffirming our ambition to align our content! What a tease!

    Many of you saw our rendition of Zandvoort at the Max Verstappen days. Since then, we have optimised and further enhanced the track. Like the McLaren above, Zandvoort will be used in the World’s Fastest Gamer competition and will be released as a free addition. Check out some screens below!

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    Additionally, we are working on some new significant track projects and will share more in the next couple of months.
    DX11

    Ever since the beginning of the year, we’ve showed you the evolution of our DX11 graphics engine. Right now, we’re close to the point where we are happy enough with the visuals and performance of this engine to soon switch it to become the default. We will keep the DX9 engine around as an option for a little while longer, at least until we’ve rolled out the new overlays (see below). This also does not mean we are done developing the engine. We still have many bigger and smaller improvements to make it look better, and we will keep pushing those out in the upcoming months. At this point, we would also like to thank everybody who actively participated in our open beta. Your input was very helpful and allowed us to improve the whole engine, and VR mode, a lot quicker and better.

    UI
    Not only are we putting the final touches on our in-game user interface, as you have read above, we are also about to roll out the first parts of the new competition infrastructure, which will fit right in with the new UI. To show you some of the last details we are currently working on, we’ve captured two details of the UI, starting with the calibration screen for your wheel and pedals. As you know, you could always calibrate axes visually, but when specifying the ranges of motion and the deadzones, you had to physically move your wheel or pedal in the right position to set such a limit. Now we’ve included not only the exact numbers, but you can also directly edit them to fine tune them exactly the way you want without having to mess around with text files.

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    A second detail we’d like to show is what we’ve done with the garage setup screens. There was already a way to compare, and we made that a bit smarter, but we also added a quick way for you to see what changes you made to the current setup compared with the one you saved last. In the shot, you see two gear ratios that have an orange font. Those are ratios you’ve changed. That way you can quickly get an overview. It’s little things like this we are still tweaking. We know it’s taking a bit longer than you, and we, anticipated, but the wait is almost over!


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    Physics
    One of the things we have been working on over the last few months is our tyre model. You may have noticed some changes in the latest version of the Radical, and you will also see them in the upcoming McLaren. These updates reflect our work on improving accurate tyre fidelity. We have a number of tyre updates underway, making one of the best tyre models in consumer racing simulation even better.

    Overlays
    We have been working hard to create a solution for overlays. As you know, we aren’t great fans of rendering over rFactor 2 screens as this can cause issues that become hard for us to resolve. We have built a solution using HTML. Shortly, we will be allowing 3rd parties to develop their own overlays, not just for broadcast, but for in-game HUDS through an API.

    Misc
    For those of you who don’t know, this year’s Sim Expo will be held on the 16/17th September at Nurburgring – another great chance for all of sim racing to come together. We will be there, of course, showcasing some cool future features and content, so make sure you pop by!


    rFactor 2 can be purchased from the Steam platform right now and is available exclusively for PC.

    Check out the rFactor 2 sub forum here at RaceDepartment for all the latest news and discussion with regards to the simulation. You can take part in lively debates with fellow rFactor 2 fans and take part in some great Club and League racing events..! Head over to the forum now and share the love this simulation so very much deserves...

    Happy with the new roadmap update? Looking forward to seeing the changes filter through to the sim? Let us know in the comments section below!
     
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  2. Terry Rock

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    I look forward to having the updates and optimization.
    It certainly can't hurt.
     
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  3. DriverJay

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    Studio 397 are definitely making rfactor 2 great again, and looking forward to seeing the stable DX11 release, i recommend trying the beta if you haven't yet its like a tease of whats to come
     
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  4. FeltHat

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    first paid dlc announced! cant wait to see their $$$ strategy
     
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  5. elrollaor

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    Assetto is working really well with lots of dlc content,if there's good quality rf2 dlc's why not?
     
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  6. FeltHat

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    what? i just said i cant wait to see it
     
  7. elrollaor

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    I thought it was irony xD
     
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  8. ears

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    Ha! I think someone read some sarcasm that wasn't actually there!

    As a relative newcomer to rF2, attracted by DX11 and VR, I feel it needs more content and I can't just be sat here expecting it all to come for free, so I'm neither surpirised nor disappointed by its appearance.

    A series of GT3 cars might get some online momentum going too.
     
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  9. Paul Murphy

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    As it is, I've already experienced a huge leap in DX11 performance from their initial version of it, and I have a fairly modest pc.

    This, plus the great Radical and F175 mods, have allowed RF2 to edge out Automobilista as my most-played sim.
     
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  10. sjb266

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    Really looking good and definitely heading in a great direction.. thanks guys!
     
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  11. SunBro

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    The only outcome of this news is me finding out that people are burned out of gt3 cars. They said 650s was part of a wider pack and not a single person is excited about an official gt3 pack from studio397. I am just fu*king stoked. Probably just bmw, mercedes, audi and bentley but still excited.
     
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  12. Rick Lopes

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    it will be the first of many i'm affraid
     
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  13. FeltHat

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    so u dont want more content?
     
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  14. Rick Lopes

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    dx11 is far from ready
    i have a triple screen setup with a 960gtx 4gb.. i play Assetto just fine, and rf2 dx9 just fine (both not in max, of course)
    rf2 dx11 i can't play with triples.. low low fps

    many of us bought the live long multiplayer fee... and all went to hell
    now we will need to pay mods... and the engine isn't even ready

    new tyre model coming...

    dx11 will be default .. and dx9 wil eventually disappear..

    i hope i'm wrong, i hope these guys don't kill the game

    i bought it as dx9.. why can't they leave dx 9 version for those who want it?
     
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  15. Rick Lopes

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    i do, and i'll pay for it ... if it needs be..
    but i would like to see the dx11 engine issue fixed before
    and i would like to keep the possibility to use dx9 with my other mods
     
  16. FeltHat

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    because game is evolving with evolving market and maintaining 2 versions is a waste of resources

    still in beta and different branch so relax... for now :D
     
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  17. Rick Lopes

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    or.. they could just leave this version... and start another

    i like this one... very very much

    i don't see the reason to kill it
     
  18. Rick Lopes

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    why
    i could just use dx9 version offline

    i have a steam account... how to do that? ...
     
  19. FeltHat

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    yes u can do that, just dont update the game, but why did u complain in the first place?
     
  20. Rick Lopes

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    i see it now... in a few months i won't be able to play rf2 with my triples without needing another graphics card...