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New build released

Discussion in 'Next Car Game: Wreckfest' started by Blkout, Jul 4, 2014.

  1. Lots of issues. Steam forums are loaded with new build related issues. Ugh.

    Update #5 2014-07-03
    And here we go! The new and much-awaited build of Next Car Game is finally out there.
    What does this mean in the end? Well, it all boils down to why it took so long between the updates in the first place: we upgraded the game’s engine. In its old iteration, we weren’t sure that the engine could handle all the features we want to include in the game, so, to play it safe, we took the long route and fixed the engine. In essence, we tore it apart. We cut off clumsy clusters of code, with each cut paving way for a more streamlined and more robust iteration of the engine.
    It was a lot of work.
    As it’s our own engine, we had a pretty good idea how long it would take, but in the end, the amount of effort it took was much more than even we ourselves had anticipated. But, it did pay off in the end. Now we can be certain that the engine can withstand all the nifty we have planned.
    The bad news is that, despite the work we’ve already put in, the engine is still far from finished. It’s a rickety contraption that’s bound to buckle and crash and sway and stagger, so expect Next Car Game to give you a constant supply of trouble.
    And now the good news.
    Next Car Game will soon run more smoothly, thanks to the new engine. What is now purring under the hood will also power a more complex, more detailed and more all around awesome damage model, meaning that all kinds of things can break, bend and tear in your motorized steel bullet. What you now see in this build is just the beginning.
    We have also added a second American muscle car to the mix! This baby is difficult to handle, but the power it commands is definitely something to be reckoned with. Again, this is just the beginning – we have many more cars lined up, but one banger at a time, folks, one banger at a time [​IMG]
    We have also included a very early prototype of a new track! And take note of the word “prototype” — it lacks pretty much all the nice bells and whistles, meaning that it’s our ugly duckling, but we thought it’d be cool to show you how the track looks and feels like before it’s finished. This new sand pit course should provide you with clever ways to swerve, careen and crash, but what makes the track special is that we’ve done something we have never tried before: the surface of the road has “noise” and it affects your handling! The surface noise simulates the uneven surface of the road, affecting the suspension of your car and giving the steering some sweet, sweet feedback effects. We hope you like it.
    As a cherry on top…
    Ladies and gentlemen, Motor City madmen and crazy girls of Crash Country…
    Next Car Game now supports LAN gaming!
    Yes, that’s right. After getting so much requests and wishes and messages hoping that the game would support local area network gaming, we went and did just that. After all, we’re doing this game for our fans, to whom we owe a great deal more than just a car game. We owe you all our honest friendship, our sincere love, and our utmost respect.
    The LAN feature supports 12 players at a time, and while a real deal online mode is still missing, this is an important step towards that goal.
    But please, do remember that Next Car Game is still ways off from being a final product. It will crash. It will stutter. It will not work the way you want it to, and it will piss you off. And if you’re LANing your heart out, expect lag, especially if your server isn’t robust and you want to keep all graphics settings to the max. But, as said, it’s a work in progress, and we’re working real hard on making it a better game, one line of code at a time.
    You can be of great help and immense importance to us by giving us some solid feedback. Feel free to be direct, and no need to be nice, but be detailed in what’s bugging you. That’s the best way for us to know what’s wrong with our game, as that’s how we’ll know what we need to address next.
    Thanks for your time, and for your support, good folks!
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2014
  2. I just tried it out and I was able to watch a replay for the first time since buying the game....Awesome!!

    Everything is working good with my DFGT and Fanatic CSR Elite pedals...I haven't found the right degrees of rotation yet (900 is way too much, 360 not quite enough) but the game ran fine for the few minutes I was playing it....I have everything maxed using a GTX 770 and with vsync enabled it ran butter smooth (and looked amazing) the entire time; even with me using Shadowplay to stream to Twitch.

    I'm off to go put some more time into this title; this update has been a decently long time coming but first impressions are that it was worth the wait.

    I will have some video's very soon for sure.
  3. Steam users are very unhappy with this update. The biggest bug I've found so far is that resolutions above 1920x1200, the menu is unusable, the vehicle selection gets shifted to the bottom right hand corner and you can't change vehicles. This is big deal for me since I play at 2560x1600 resolution.
  4. That's one of the nice things about keeping things simple, I guess....1920x1080 on a single (42") screen works wonderfully.

    This Steam user is quite pleased with the update, the game runs smooth as butter completely maxed out and replays finally work.
  5. ajokay

    Real-ish Racer

    I've had this very strange bug since the latest update:

    Anyone else finding this game getting a little too... difficult? Before it was just smash 'em crash 'em fun and I could play for hours. Now it all seems a little too serious. You can't spin cars out very easily, everything feels heavier and more sluggish.
  6. I love that the cars feel a bit more realistic to drive...I do think it is a bit hard to spin out the AI but other than that, I love the direction this game is going...
  7. LOL.
  8. Physics become better in the latest update but still away from satisfactory.
    The cars feel more drivable now - I even had to switch to 600 degrees of rotation because at 360 where I had it, is no more possible to control the cars.

    I have a complain (as a wheel user): there is absolutely no feel (feedback) from passing over road obstacles such as car tires for example, this is very unnatural. Serious car collisions should, also, be magnified to give through the wheel a serious feel of shaking.

    Overall is already quite fun:thumbsup:
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  9. Rupe Wilson

    Rupe Wilson
    Senior HistorX club driver Staff Premium

    Next Car Game Update 2014-07-09

    Image courtesy of ETD.

    The latest update for Next Car Game is now available, change log below:

    • Added Sandpit1 alternative route, both normal and reverse layouts.
    • Increased steering angle and retuned controller settings. Especially gamepad and keyboard controllers should be more responsive now.
    • Retuned all cars and suspension setups so that the cars would behave more realistically - with most suspension setups the cars now have a tendency to understeer while cornering unless grip is lost, at which point the cars will exhibit oversteer. However, except for the most extreme situations the oversteer should be manageable. In many cases different suspension setups now also have a significant effect on the car handling, so be sure to test them all to find your favorite!
    • Increased tarmac and gravel friction.
    • Reworked Stability Control profiles; the Full setting has more strength now while the Half setting should only counter for most serious errors by preventing from spinning out.
    • Retuned brake balance for all brake kits to tame the tendency to spin out when braking while cornering.
    • Implement a three second no-collision cooldown period for resetting the car.
    • Increased player advantage in car-to-car collisions.
    • Increased side and back strength for a number of vehicles.
    • Increased wheel strength for 01_American (American Muscle) to prevent it detaching too easily.
    • Reduced deform strength in minor impacts.
    • Added a few aggressive AI profiles to the pack.
    • Added Look Left and Look Right camera controls support for keyboard.
    • Removed the obsolete Reverse Camera keybinding, should fix cases in which the Look Back button was not working when Reverse Camera was binded.
    • Fixed an issue in which the vehicle strip in garage was out of screen boundaries when using extreme wide resolutions.
    • Reduced vertical size of the launcher window to make it fit nicely on certain laptop screens.
    • Set V-Sync to disabled by default.

    As always, we'd love to hear your thoughts on the update!
  10. Rupe Wilson

    Rupe Wilson
    Senior HistorX club driver Staff Premium


    also having this issue on 5760x1080
    even after the update.
  11. @Rupe Wilson

    Well that sucks. I assume it will get addressed eventually. I can play it at 1920x1200 but image quality takes a hit at non-native resolution.
  12. Rupe Wilson

    Rupe Wilson
    Senior HistorX club driver Staff Premium

    Looks like its a known issue, they say they will patch it, was hoping the fix was in this update. :(
    next update in August or a patch might come sooner
  13. @Rupe Wilson

    The latest patch notes show:

    • Fixed an issue in which the vehicle strip in garage was out of screen boundaries when using extreme wide resolutions.

    But you're saying its still not fixed for you? I just assumed they were talking about triple screen resolutions here unless its those new 21:9 aspect ratio monitors.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2014
  14. Rupe Wilson

    Rupe Wilson
    Senior HistorX club driver Staff Premium

    Any thing above 1920x1080 is still not fixed for me

    3480x720 just see the edge of the cars selction but not selectable
    4800x900 see nothing at all
    5760x1080 see nothing at all
  15. Well, it seems that the menus at 2560x1600 resolution are fixed now. I just fired it up a few minutes ago with the latest patch.

    Performance is much improved after this last patch. I don't know why I wasn't getting better performance after the new build but since this last patch, my framerate went up by at least 15fps.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2014
  16. While the car handling is better, the cars do feel quite heavy and it's hard - if not impossible to break the back tires loose on gravel. It's basically a restart with the code so we'll see where it goes form here. If the handling ends up being more like Dirt2 in the end, that's okay IMO but, even then I like having the ability to adjust the grip levels a bit as we can with Dirt2 mods.
  17. I may need more time to adjust to the new handling model but as of right now, I prefer the old one. The cars do feel quite heavy, even the compact Euro.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2014
  18. uhg...they broke it to fix it. the cars actually felt alive before...there was a very good simcade feel, forgiving but could still trip you up. feel like im driving with stability assist on now. hope they can work it out.