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rFactor 2 DX11 Previews and January Roadmap Released

Discussion in 'rFactor 2' started by Paul Jeffrey, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

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    As we head towards the end of the first month of 2017 Studio 397 have released their latest Development Roadmap update for rFactor 2, sharing with fans many new and exciting things due to come to the sim in the weeks ahead.

    Following the announcement back in September that Studio 397 will take control of all future development for the rFactor 2 racing simulation, the team have maintained a commitment to heavily increase their customer interaction in an effort to expand development transparency between studio and players of the game. One of the first tasks promised by the studio back at the Sim Racing Expo announcement was an update to DX11 and Virtual Reality implementation, something that has continued to be developed behind the scenes in the last few months. It appears from the latest roadmap update that DX11 implementation is progressing better than expected, meaning players could well receive a first build update featuring DX11 in the very near future. Sadly no new news with regards to the implementation of VR has been forthcoming in the new roadmap post, however expectations that VR and DX11 will be delivered at the same time remain.

    Continuing the new tradition of taking on board community comments in relation to the simulation, Studio 397 have confirmed they are also looking to release an update to the recent Nissan GT500 machine launched just prior to the Christmas break. This upcoming build of the car will include many of the improvements suggested by the community following its much anticipated release and should also include a much needed painting template for gamers looking to create their owns liveries for the car.

    The full January 2017 Development Roadmap post can be read below:

    "2017 is well underway! We hope you all made a great start to the new year once the lights went out Here at Studio 397 we’ve jump-started our new year full of ambition. In with the new, out with the old: don’t forget our migrate to Steam for free offer will end on January 31st, 2017.

    DX11
    As we have already revealed last month, DX11 development is ahead of schedule. We have migrated much of the engine, and although there are certainly still quite a few things to do and it’s far from a straight port, we’re taking advantage of this opportunity to fix some long-standing issues. We are updating the overall look of the graphics. Lighting improvements include a new HDR tonemapper to achieve better color balance and more saturated colors, which interacts nicely with our dynamic sky model (adding contrast to our clouds). We are also updating the entire shadow system (faster and better looking shadows) and adding some ambient occlusion techniques that provide more dynamic shadows in areas such as engine bays, the underside of tyres, and parts of the inside of the marshal hut. Here are some sneak-peek shots of our work in progress. They do not, of course, reflect the finished product, but we wanted to show you where we are right now (top of post).

    These upcoming graphics improvements should be a big step up for everyone in the modding community, giving you a stronger and richer visual base to build from. We will provide a set of guidelines on how elements should look to ensure as much consistency as possible without impacting on your creative freedom.

    Next month we are starting a new beta program exclusively for modders to facilitate a smooth transition to DX11. So far it looks like we’ve been able to port all existing shaders, which means existing content should continue to work. Some mods that rely on custom shaders as well as plugins that request to render to the screen (such as some overlay plugins) currently expect a DX9 graphics context and will require an update to work with DX11. In both cases, we will actively help any modders whose work is affected.

    UI
    We’ve spent this month building the technical foundations for the new user interface, which allows us to link the game logic directly to an HTML5 front-end that we can embed into the simulation. At the same time, we’re putting the finishing touches on our interaction and graphical design, which means we can start building, user testing and refining the actual screens now. The new user interface offers far more flexibility, which gives us the freedom to create additional functionality down the line such as incorporating single player championships and results.

    Here’s a look at the new home screen with simple sliding panels to reveal deeper options.
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    As part of the new user interface we are developing the in-game competition structure. We all know that competition is at the heart of all racing sims, and rFactor 2 has a long-standing relationship with some of the greatest leagues in simracing covering multiple racing disciplines. Building on this strong foundation, our new competition mechanics intend to encourage frequent racing and greater accessibility, offering a rich career progression coupled with new aligned content.

    We are focused on building competition mechanics that are unique and embrace leagues and competitions.

    Content
    Our content team is still working hard on the Radical and starting work on the Corvette C7.R. Last month we gave you a little Christmas present with the Nissan GT500, and we were overwhelmed with the positive responses to the car. At the same time we also got a lot of feedback from the community about little things we could improve. We’ve tried to fix all of them and our goal is to release an update before the end of this month. This update will also include a paint template. The following shots show many of these improvements.
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    NOLA Motorsports Park will likely be released around the end of February. A lot of work was put into showcasing the aesthetic possibilities, and we spared no effort to bring you those 10 different layouts of the track and kart track, giving you plenty of variation and suitable configurations for all classes of cars. As more and more trackside objects are being added, we can now share some high resolution (4k) shots that show you different areas of the track. We chose to give you the full experience and modeled the whole garage area, so it’s actually a little bit of a drive to get to the actual track from there. Don’t worry though, we’ve put up some signs to guide you!
    rF2 NOLA 3.jpg rF2 NOLA.jpg rF2 NOLA 2.jpg

    That’s all for our first monthly update of 2017. We wish you all the best and hope you will enjoy the many updates that we will bring this year."
    rFactor 2 is available right now for Windows PC exclusively on the Steam platform.

    Additional third party content can be downloaded from a variety of sources, one of which is the RaceDepartment rFactor 2 modding archive. Head over and check out the latest releases for the sim, or alternatively join in the discussion and keep up to date with the latest news at our rFactor 2 sub forum right here at RD. If downloading mods or keeping up to date with the latest news items aren't your thing, you can always sign up to one of our epic Club and League events using the software. We hold regular club racing events in our schedule, however the jewel in our crown in no doubt the RaceDepartment Le Mans Series. This is our premium endurance league using rFactor 2. Head over to the RDLMS forum to find out more!

    Did you like the January Roadmap from Studio 397? Looking forward to DX11? Are you encouraged by the direction rF2 is taking? Let us know in the comments section below!
     
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  2. samcar304

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    Having used rFactor 2 for almost 4 years now, i'm not sure i'm a fan of that new UI.. too much colour...

    All jokes aside Its fun to see the progress Studio 397 are making with rFactor 2 and I hope it fulfills its potential.
     
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  3. Rodent

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    Yeah not a fan on the UI colors but I guess that's what goes these days, the new logo, Thrustmasters latest rim, there's no accounting for taste I guess, especially when it comes to trends. Having said that if I could live with what we've had before, I'll live with what we're getting, and the DX11 stuff looks to be coming along nicely, hopefully that new skybox stays as I really, really don't like rF2's clear weather skybox.

    Very pumped for the future of this title. The roadmap casually hinting at single-player championships etc. has me convinced rF2 will be seeing more gametime from me in the future.
     
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  4. ThatRacingGuy

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    I do not have a lot of knowledge about the whole Direct X thing but does DX11 help framerate? I am at 90 ish on ultra settings
     
  5. Leonardo Chaves

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    I like the new UI, graphically... there's some good things like ambient occlusion and better shadowing, but i think they went too far in the other direction color wise, from the dull greyish to a mega saturated blueish tone.

    It's better, but could use some improvement.
     
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  6. Fanapryde

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    Fairlly new to RF2, I have to say it is on it's way to become my favorite Sim (I am using pCars, AC, AMS, R3E). The physics/FFB are very good, makes me forget about the mostly not so good graphics, especially the car cockpits. A lot of DLC tracks are really great too, though some need some improvement on the graphics side too. For some reason, some are also much too bright.
    But I guess this is all going to improve (car choice could be a bit more expanded too).
    Keep up the good work guys !
     
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  7. leseb64

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    I am on rf2 since the beta and I am really happy of studuio397, it takes a good way, listens to a community, and in 3 months a more to communicate than ISI in 6 years ... I have good hope for rf2!:D
     
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  8. Lorenzo Bonder

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    It does, not only a new engine helps in the lightning and shades, but helps consequently on the framerates. It makes the game runs a whole lot smoother.
     
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  9. Ole Andreasen

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    I have always thought that the user interface in rF2 was so incredibly stupid. So every change to that UI is wery welcome in my book.

    As for DX11 I think this can not only save rF2 from being a foornote in the world of driving sims. But hopefully will drag other rf1 based sims with it, thus raising the quality of many sims, including Reizas.

    I look very very much forward to the development of rF2 from Studio 397.
     
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    One more step in the right direction, solid and clear development path, solid and clear communication with their user base.

    Exciting.
     
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  11. Slyfrequency

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    Happy with the update, very community focused as far as DX11 is concerned with shaders etc. They get their point straight across, no BS, me likey ;)
     
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  12. Timothy Wheatley

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    We should make some comparisons later on (this is early images) to show differences in framerates.
     
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  13. Alexander Boroday

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    How I react on such graphics in 2017...
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    I know this post will catch a lot of negative replies, but it's really look to old for our time.
     
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  14. Gijs van Elderen

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    If you google "dx11 vs dx9 performance":
    Performance gain on average is +/- 10%. Ideally this would be 99fps in DX11 for you. In some situations it might be beter, in some a bit worse.

    Don't expect miracles, but every gain is welcomed of course. ;)
     
  15. BazzaLB

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    Here's hoping that current 3DVision support doesn't get completely borked as a result.
     
  16. Timothy Wheatley

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    This itself depends on optimizations, too, yeah.
     
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  17. Tripokaridos

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    dx11 from 2009 ? is this a joke ?
     
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  19. Alex72

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    But then you got behind the wheel in rF2 and *poff* graphics was the least thing on your mind.

    Future looking exciting. Keep up the good work dev's. :thumbsup:
     
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  20. tpw

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    It's very exciting that DX11 support is coming along ahead of schedule, but I hope that the saturation pendulum doesn't swing from its current washed out status to the cartoon-like oversaturation of Automobilista.

    I agree to an extent, but the problem is that rF2's outdated graphics and presentation probably prevented large numbers of potential customers from getting behind the wheel in the first place.
     
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