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Featured rf2 Steam info: ISI Q&A

Discussion in 'rFactor 2' started by Paul Jeffrey, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    Sim Racing News Editor Staff Premium

    Back in September rFactor 2 developers Image Space Incorporated announced their intention to launch the popular simulator on the Steam platform, moving away from the current download and subscription method via ISI's own website.

    With the planned go live due before Christmas 2015 many of the community have been left confused regarding what the move will mean in reality and how different Stream features can be incorporated in the sim. In response to the upcoming move, ISI have today released a short Q&A aiming to answer the most common questions.

    Q&A on Steam:
    If I already own rF2, can I move over to the Steam version for free?
    Yes you can migrate over to the Steam version at no extra cost. Once you do this, your original non-Steam product is no longer active.

    How will Steam work with Standard/Lifetime?
    For those who do not buy or have Lifetime, you will need to buy online access through Steam. We will not offer Lifetime upgrades (from ‘Offline’) on Steam. We are also planning to stop doing Standard to Lifetime upgrades for the non-Steam version soon.

    rF2 on Steam will offer three things:
    – rF2 Offline
    – 1 Year Online for rF2 (adds multiplayer to rF2 Offline)
    – rF2 Lifetime (has multiplayer included)

    Will my online access be carried over from non-Steam to Steam?
    No, not for the standard version of rF2. We are not able to move over remaining online access, so users may want to wait until that expires before migrating. Lifetime access is carried over to Steam.

    Why Steam? Why now? What Steam features are implemented in rF2?
    We have done a lot of work to support Steam, including implementation of Steam Workshop for additional content. Here is a more comprehensive list:

    – automatic updates of rFactor and mods
    – support for Steam Workshop as a single easy source for all ISI and third party mods
    – workshop items will automatically stay up to date
    – leagues can use the workshop to create a convenient installation for participants
    – automatic backup of car setups in the Steam cloud
    – integration with the Steam matchmaker for finding servers
    – support for the Steam friends system to join a friend’s game
    – screenshots can be quickly shared on Steam
    – broadcast options to allow (your friends or anybody) to watch you play
    – streaming support that allow you to run rFactor 2 on one system but stream the graphics to another
    – Steam Music Player support to listen to your favourite songs in your car and control the stereo
    – statistics and achievements that you can use to compare your performance against others

    Some may consider it a better platform for rFactor 2 due to the Steam integration, but we’re not planning on any Steam exclusive features (apart from those that require Steam or are enabled by using it, as can be seen above).

    Will non-Steam and Steam rF2 be cross compatible?
    Our goal is that MP races are cross compatible, yes.

    Will a non-Steam version continue to be sold?
    We will continue to sell a non-steam version for an undefined period. We may look to wind down new sales on the non-Steam version, but much like rF1, this is probably a long-term transition, if it happens at all.

    Will you be upgrading your account to Steam when its available, or will the move encourage you to purchase rFactor 2 if you haven't already? Let us know your opinions in the comments section below...
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  2. JeffL

    Right on Brother, I hear ya, it's all good.

    Big sale too
    It's time.
    As an rFactor user, you're being sent a one-time email inviting you to purchase our latest racing simulation at a special price...

    40% off rFactor 2 Standard or Lifetime
    Use PROMO CODE "40OCT15" (without quotes) on our purchase site.
    Click here to have it automatically entered. New purchases only.

    Already own rFactor 2 Standard version?
    10% off multiplayer renewals via this link. Promo code "10RENEW".

    Both Promo Codes will expire 23:59 EDT on 10/18/2015.
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  3. jimortality


    I've been asking questions over at isi as it's still confusing. I've just renewed for the year about 2 weeks ago. I can't transfer that over to steam so I either have to wait till next September or renew the year through steam for another £9 or go lifetime. All the updates will still be applied to the non steam version as well.
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  4. JeffL

    Right on Brother, I hear ya, it's all good.

    Yeah wait till next year or buy the lifetime now. (EDIT: the following is wrong) :redface: I don't think they will be doing lifers anymore after steam
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  5. jimortality


    They will but only through steam.
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  6. Matheus Machado

    Matheus Machado
    Talking Door Racing Premium

    Looks like now is the TIME @Chark
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  7. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff

    This really makes me nervous!! "Our goal" instead of a simple "Yes".
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  8. Will we get the new cars shown at the time of the Steam release as well? :)
  9. Bert Austen

    Bert Austen
    Pedal tho the metal Men Premium

    Its not released in Steam at tthis time.
    When it is available in Steam?
  10. Where did you read that in the announcement?

    Both on Steam and directly from ISI you will be able to buy rFactor 2 with Lifetime subscription.

    What they no longer offer is upgrades to a lifetime version:

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  11. That has been worded more careful than necessary. Multiplayer will be compatible. I'll elaborate after the release if necessary.
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  12. it says up top they are aiming for by the end of the year. they just have to announce it super early so the whackos who think steam is going to mine their information in an attempt to sell them appealing video games at cut-rate prices have time to digest it & ease transition into contemporary PC gaming.
  13. Lazarou


    I am a big RF2 fan but still having the multiplayer paywall after the transition to Steam is a balls up and smacks of Electronic Arts type extortion (before they then removed it again). Why would you leave this archaic, non inclusive paywall when you would surely generate more sales without it, and that would more than compensate the loss of the online paywall.

    In the words of a teenager. FAIL!
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  14. Tobias Röhner

    Tobias Röhner
    Germany's greatest Indycar Fan. Premium

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  15. PaulH


    So any 40% discount to upgrade to Lifetime?? Or are only discounts for "new" customers?
  16. T_rac3


    Big sale too

    @ JeffL
    Thank you for the code. I was saving money for "black friday" sales so it was a perfect timing.
    Happy racing all !! :thumbsup:
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  17. Nice promo. Or should i wait for steam edition? I am sure that there will be also a promo for that.
  18. As always with their promotions, it is only for new purchases. It is cheaper to buy lifetime again right now than to upgrade. It would be nice to see a deal for existing supporters who would like to move to lifetime, wouldn't it?
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  19. David O'Reilly

    David O'Reilly
    A bad quali means I can go forwards in the race.

    I'm a very happy RF2 customer who bought the lifetime version 3 years ago.
    Best £50.00 I have ever spent. I reckon I have 1000 hours up so thats 5 pence an hour now. I couldn't keep my child in crayons and butchers paper for that.

    Gaming peripherals, thats another matter. At any given time I'm saving for something. Currently have to prioritise triple screens or something else.

    For me as a person who is not a regular consumer of other games Steam doesnt seem to mean much. Maybe I'm wrong.

    Personally I think its very fair to charge the fee for multiplayer. It stops people stealing ISI services. Its cheap but there are so many who will steal without remorse. I am more concerned that the company survives with good cashflows to do what they do so well rather than go broke due to hacked services.
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  20. Is the offline version going to cost 43.99 and will offer 1 year free online? Or you need to pay separate for the online year?