Silverstone Will Be Retired From rFactor 2

This is unfortunate news for rFactor 2 fans. One of the iconic free tracks of the service will be retired from public access on Friday morning due to licensing problems.

This news has been published on studio397 forums and apparently sounds like an expiring license problem. Original Silverstone license for the game dates back from 2012 when the sim was still developed by ISI and renewing one of these licenses is not always an easy task.

"Due to a change in licencing agreements, this Friday, November 25th, Studio 397 have been instructed to remove access to the Silverstone circuit in the rFactor 2 Steam Workshop."

"Players can still download the circuit until the morning of Friday November 25th, and can continue to use the track within rFactor 2 beyond this date."


Silverstone was one of the main pieces of the free base content, so Studio397 plans to add a new track as soon as they can.

"While we appreciate this is not the news anyone wanted to hear about this track, we are working very hard to look at alternative options to bring another new, free circuit to the simulation in the very near future"

You can still download the track for private use beyond 25th November by clicking this Steam's link.
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This is the 2nd track in a short period that rF2 is losing because of licenses. First one was the Monaco Formula E track. Let’s hope we won’t lose any more of them.

I was quite suprised by this, since Silverstone is also used for BTCC, so with the announced MSG dedicated BTCC game (which future is very uncertain), I assumed MSG would have acquired licenses of all tracks used for BTCC.
 
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This is the 2nd track in a short period that rF2 is losing because of licenses. First one was the Monaco Formula E track. Let’s hope we won’t lose any more of them.

I was quite suprised by this, since Silverstone is also used for BTCC, so with the announced MSG dedicated BTCC game (which future is very uncertain), I assumed MSG would have acquired licenses of all tracks used for BTCC.
FE uses the normal Monaco layout now, so that somewhat fits. Eventhough I find it nice to have all the different layouts for different time periods so it would have been nice for FE fans to have the "historic" FE layout added to the normal track. That said, I suspect Silverstone will return to the game in a LS version but as payware. I can only imagine that lisence costs for FIA grade tracks are getting a bit out of hand and don't varant free versions anymore. Kunos is in a bit of a different place as they are safe financialy speaking, but for the smaller teams I don't see it working out with free F1 tracks anymore.
 
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I take it that even if I have it installed, if I change computers and reload via steam I will lose this.

I understand that I can back it up someway but more concerned that once gone it kind of takes it off the table for multiplayer.

I wonder how it is done contractually, if being on steamworkshop is how its able to be done. Other titles its just baked in forever as you cant yank it away, an unfortunate side effect of something like steam workshop where you can identify a single piece of content.
 
For anyone wondering why, this is from Paul Jeffery on Discord today:

PaulJeffrey — Today at 12:14 (23-Nov-2022)
yes, the existing licence expired, and during the renewal talk the fee came in far too high - basically if we agreed it would be the highest licencing fee in rF2 - for anything...and its a free track, but even paid it would be hard to recoup

https://discord.com/channels/253557076645773312/253557076645773312/1044949107439046726
 
Ole Marius Myrvold
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I take it that even if I have it installed, if I change computers and reload via steam I will lose this.

I understand that I can back it up someway but more concerned that once gone it kind of takes it off the table for multiplayer.

I wonder how it is done contractually, if being on steamworkshop is how its able to be done. Other titles its just baked in forever as you cant yank it away, an unfortunate side effect of something like steam workshop where you can identify a single piece of content.

Shouldn't, as you never unsubscribe. Regardless, if you back-up the rfcmp file, it will not be a issue anyway. Also, it doesn't take it off for multiplayer, as long as server have GetMod active, everyone will DL the content they lack automagically when entering the server.

While not always major content, it has happened before. GTA removing songs from the radio. GTR, GTR2 (and GT Legends?) removing Porsche and Ferrari.
 
I hope this will not be the case with other sims that feature Silverstone when it’s time to renew their license.
 
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I hope this will not be the case with other sims that feature Silverstone when it’s time to renew their license.
The companies that manage the tracks can change during the years, maybe this is the case of the Silverstone circuit. When this happen, they could ask an higher price to renew the deals done by the previous company and expired. Nothing new and in the nature of things: it's business for them.
Suzuka is another track that asks a shitload of money for the license.
For that kind of money S397 will probably make more than just a single track.

S397 has to look at the content that we have in game and at the most popular mods (released and soon to be released, like DRM) and bring in game the missing pieces that will allow to run the most possible series/championship.
 
I made a suggestion for an alternative refering the ams2 version, which has a good discount on steam, but the moderators think that I am a troll and my comment was deleted.
 
Shouldn't, as you never unsubscribe. Regardless, if you back-up the rfcmp file, it will not be a issue anyway.
My spark plugs spontaneously ignited by this note. Now suddenly feels an uncontrollable urge to backup all official content from my countless sims aquired via cloud services, in line together with my TB's of mod content on my NAS.
Official rF2 Silverstone rfcmp hereby home safe, thanks for the tip :thumbsup:
 
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I made a suggestion for an alternative refering the ams2 version, which has a good discount on steam, but the moderators think that I am a troll and my comment was deleted.
Well, to the RF2 players you certainly appear like a troll, if you suggest them to instead buy AMS2 and its Silverstone DLC. :roflmao:
The free RF2 Silverstone isn't going nowhere for us: will stay installed or we'll backup the rfcmp file. It won't disappear. Could also be uploaded in the workshop by someone with a different name and some in-game ads removed.
Also the Nissan GTR and the Nissan 370Z have been removed from the workshop and they don't appear anymore within the S397 content, but you can find them simply doing a google search: it will point to the old workshop page and allow you to subscribe. And in this way one can also make a backup of their rfcmp files.
 
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Durge Driven
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NO drama here just back it up problem solved.

NO it is NOT lol

If it disappears and you simply activate the backup STEAM will DELETE IT . lol

It must be put into a rfmod that is already installed before you boot into Steam.
Then you just hit refresh and the "mod" will now activate once more and no matter what Steam does it can't be removed.

No more tips for you lot no one listens. :coffee:
 
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Ah, licenses. They never generate trouble or frustration for any videogame developer anytime anywhere in the world!
 
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