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AMS 2 May Roadmap | Spa! Historic F1! Plus Lots More...

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The end of the month is always a good time for sim racing roadmap spotters.. and tonight is no exception, with an incredible roadmap release from Reiza Studios detailing some of the goodness coming to AMS 2 very soon...

The roadmap in full:

Hello everyone! We´ve reached the end of another month in 2020, which of course means it´s time for our monthly development roundup. We have a lot of ground to cover this month so let´s get to it:

Automobilista 2 v1.0 Coming Up in June

The Early Access period ended up stretching a bit from our original estimate of 8 weeks, but AMS2 EA is finally set to wrap with little over 10 weeks as we gear up for official release sometime in mid-June. We´re happy to say that we´re on track to meet all the core targets we outlined for v1.0 release, even if some of the developments haven´t quite made into the game yet.

Car animations are now finally in process of being exported to the game, and expect to have all the most important ones for wipers, drivers and suspension parts include by v1.0 release.

The Multiplayer Dedicated Server Tool has been released albeit in Beta, with some core features still to be added in the coming weeks to help leagues get some championships going by the time v1.0 is out.

The Multiplayer Ranking system is already working in the backend, however this is one feature we want to be careful not deploying too soon so the timeline for its public release will remain open.

On the content side, v1.0 will also see more of AMS1 oldies-but-goodies being included, fully revamped to AMS2 standards.

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We also have some really exciting news incoming for the Brazilian Stock Car series in Automobilista 2 which they should announce at some point next week, so stay tuned!

The work on the old content is of course ongoing in parallel to an intense development plan to bring a lot of new cars and tracks to Automobilista 2 in the coming months, some of which already for v1.0. One of them is this glorious pearl from the portuguese Riviera:

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Another bunch confirmed for v1.0 is Classic Grand Prix Cars announced last month, which includes the Brabham BT44, Lotus 72E and Mclaren M23, bringing 1970s Grand Prix racing to Automobilista 2.

Those of you keeping tabs will recall this glimpse of the Brabham BT44 we included in the January Dev Update:

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The BT44 is in game ready to go, just waiting for its sparring partners to enter the track which should be happening over the cours of the next week.

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We have even come up with a redesigned F-Retro to help fill up that grid, and unlike the classics above which were all powered by the famous Cosworth DFV that dominated most of the 70s, our generic F-Retro will also feature a V12 variant.

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Final important note: Save for an eventual minor hotfix for anything that really needs fixing, v0.9.5.X is the last AMS2 build deployed during Early Access. The next intermediate build will be released only for Automobilista 2 Beta, as we focus on testing & wrapping up of all the core features needed for v1.0 release.

Licensing in the Time of COVID

While generally speaking we can count ourselves among the lucky few that have not had our operations largely affected by the ongoing pandemic, the same unfortunately can´t be said about other businesses, including some we are doing business with. Motorsport activities have obviously come to almost a complete halt, which among other things makes it harder to schedule a recon trip for a track we have licensed, or to collect data & recordings for cars we are modelling.

The main bottleneck caused by the current circunstances has been on the licensing front, specially with cars as the big manufacturers have been forced to greatly limit their operational capacity - unfortunately that includes marketing, legal and financial departments, all pipelines a licensing deal needs to go through before we can include their cars in the game. Things are progressing but very slowly, and this unfortunately is already compromising our planned release schedule, and even the ability to announce these upcoming cars.

We had estimated release of a couple of sweet german cars to the end of this month but those aren´t clear to go yet, and at the current rate it seems unlikely the GT3/GT4 cars we had scheduled for end of June will be all clear to go until then. Under the current circunstances we can´t even be assertive as to how quickly these will eventually come through - can be a week with one brand and a month for another. That could cause us to reasses our release strategy, going for staggered brand-centric releases instead of class bundles - we´ll need to wait and see how things develop in the coming weeks before we can decide and confirm how we go about it, so please bare with us for a little longer before we can provide an updated schedule.

The good news is that even though the process is moving slower than we would have hoped, none of our licensing targets are stuck or in serious risk of not coming through - most of the deals in fact have been secure for a while with the models they cover are already far along in production, and they make for quite a dreamy list - from 60´s/70´s vintage touring cars to 80´s Group C beasts, 90´s British & German touring cars and mighty GT1s, to modern supercars - there is something incoming for every motorsports taste, and once it rains it will pour as many of them are already in-game. As soon as we get them through the remaining licensing hurdles we will add them to AMS2 Beta for some bug hunting, and to release not long after. Best part: with the exception of the Street Supercars, all cars on the classes listed will be free additional content.

That´s the story on the car front - on the track front we´ve been having a bit more luck, and for the tracks already announced we´re well on track to keep the schedule we had proposed for them.

Obviously Hockenheimring and its historical variants will make up the first AMS2 DLC so the release is held up until shortly after v1.0 is out, but it´s coming along nicely.

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Mount Panorama is likewise taking shape, with trackside objects being modelled parallel to the main mesh previewed below - release schedule is for June 30th, with our first post v1.0 game update.

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Silverstone & historical variants are also very advanced, well on track for release in its planned July 30th schedule.

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And now we have one more premium track we can add to this growing roster...

At this point Spa has become such a motorsports mecca that arguably no sim can be considered complete without featuring it - we are therefore delighted to confirm that Spa-Francorchamps is also coming for Automobilista 2, in full modern and past glory!

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We figured that if we are going to tread the ground of this magnificent venue we might as well do it full justice - the modern version will feature laser scan data, and we will also develop a couple of historical variants - the infamous 14km layout as it was in 1970, and the modern layout as it was in the late 80s, with no run-offs at Eau Rouge or Blanchimont, high curbs and the old double chicane Bus Stop - the complete men-from-boys filtering kit.

We already have a good jumpstart on these massive projects so the timeline for them is less than you may expect - The Spa-Francorchamps Pack will surely be released for Automobilista 2 before the end of the year.

Explaining the AMS2 Season Pass

There´s been a bit of understandable confusion regarding the Season Pass availability and pricing at the start of Early Access, so we felt appropriate to shed a bit more light into what it includes, who is it for and whether it may or may not be of value to you.

Firstly some explanation on the rationale behind making the Season Pass available during EA: When we released AMS1 in Early Access back in March 2016 we did not include the Season Pass, which only became available at v1.0 release in August 2016. Some users complained about having to buy the Season Pass separately at full price, while new users had the benefit of getting both at once with a discount. It seemed like a fair complaint so this time we decided to offer both from the get-go.

With regards to the Season Pass pricing, while it may be unusually high compared to the base game it is very fairly priced in light of what it includes. Let´s take for example the three track DLCs already confirmed: Hockenheim, Silverstone & Spa will sell for US$9.99 each, well within the range of track DLCs for other sims - with the caveat our tracks also include several historical versions. Production of the Silverstone and Spa packs for example include modelling of versions of those tracks so distinct they are akin to producing several completely unique tracks for the price of one - if you consider licensing for these tracks often include additional fees for historical versions, they are really sweet deals by any measure. The Season Pass covers at least two other premium DLC tracks with similar formats and pricing to be released in the 2020-2021 timeframe, and buying these individually would already cover half of the Season Pass cost.

Then there are the Expansion Packs - these are packs arranged to a certain theme, featuring cars, tracks or both, with base prices ranging from US$ 9.99 - US$ 19.99:
  • Brazilian Grand Prix Legends - Pack featuring several World Championship cars won by Brazilian drivers
  • Historical Track Pack - Pack featuring historical variants of tracks featuring in the game
  • Street Supercars - Pack of road-legal Supercars
  • Racin´ USA - Pack featuring several North American cars and tracks, modern and historical
  • Adrenaline - Pack featuring several off-road & Extreme Motorsports cars and tracks
The release order and their exact naming may still change but they will all be released in the 2020-2021 timeframe. We can´t yet detail what each of them include of course as some of the licensing arrangements are still ongoing, but these are rich, comprehensive packs that we feel add up enough value to warrant their asking pricing. Unfortunately this will only become obvious with the benefit of hindsight, but I don´t foresee many sim racers regretting their early purchases
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It should be clear however that no user needs the Season Pass now, nor do we antecipate many would want to pick it up at this point while there are no DLCs available, unless you´re in that group who prefer to buy complete packages at once. And if you are not a fan of either Hockenheim, Silverstone or Spa you may safely ignore the Season Pass until at least September as that´s the shortest timeframe for another DLC release, or Decemeber when the first Expansion Pack is due out.

You may also disregard the Season Pass altogether if the DLCs don´t interest you, if you´d rather pick some of them individually or if you are satisfied with what the base game offers - which is plenty on its own right as the game will be constantly expanded with free, premium additional content. There is no shortage of content for users on any level, and no shortage of options to pick them up only if and when they prove to be worthwhile to you.

That covers all we had to share with you this month - we´ll catch up again next month for the first post v1.0 Dev Update, with more exciting news about what´s coming up for Automobilista 2!


Original Source: Reiza Studios

AMS 2 is available now in Steam Early Access.

If you need help and support getting the most from AMS2, start a thread in our AMS2 sub forum here at RaceDepartment and let our great community help you out.

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Nice new tracks and cars but what about the season/career mode? Did I miss this or are you guys still working on it for V 1.0?
Regular championship mode will probably come with v1.0. The only talk of a career mode I've seen referenced an addon sometime after release, probably as a DLC.
 
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One thing i would like to know especially as it doesnt really seem to have been mentioned is are we going to get a better damage model? PCars2 had a descent damage model but it seems toned down a lot for AMS2. No parts falling off of any cars other than wheels falling off of the open wheelers.
 

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Hi, i hope you're all right.

Do you think it would be possible to have a test area? for example on a giant car park, with marker cones to test turns and just a small space for the pits, just to make car adjustments.

Also, if you need free voice for the game (French, German, other), i think RaceDepartment, member of Reiza forums or other could help your team for free and we could even have women voices :).
 
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As someone who has spent many, many hours playing AMS1, AMS2 looks incredible. Unfortunately I do not have a PC that would come close to running the new game, is providing streaming access via GeForce Now on the cards? I would buy the game the day it's released if I could play it in this way
 

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One thing i would like to know especially as it doesnt really seem to have been mentioned is are we going to get a better damage model? PCars2 had a descent damage model but it seems toned down a lot for AMS2. No parts falling off of any cars other than wheels falling off of the open wheelers.
It was mentioned ages ago, when the EA was released. The damage model is simplified right now with few detachable parts because the car models are not fully finished and "animated". One that process is done, which is what they're doing right now, a more robust damage system will be in place.

is providing streaming access via GeForce Now on the cards?
To be honest, in a racing sim I don't think you'd stand much chance of good experience even if it did. Even minute lag would be enough to ruin your car control.
 
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It was mentioned ages ago, when the EA was released. The damage model is simplified right now with few detachable parts because the car models are not fully finished and "animated". One that process is done, which is what they're doing right now, a more robust damage system will be in place.

Oh i see i must have missed that. To be honest past couple of evenings is the first time ive got to try it fully for longer than just a few laps and it is brilliant so far. An early access game im very glad of buying.
 
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@Renato Simioni

Hi, i hope you're all right.

Do you think it would be possible to have a test area? for example on a giant car park, with marker cones to test turns and just a small space for the pits, just to make car adjustments.

Also, if you need free voice for the game (French, German, other), i think RaceDepartment, member of Reiza forums or other could help your team for free and we could even have women voices :).

This is a great idea, something I've ever wanted in all Sims because I'm used to the parking area
in Live for Speed's great Blackwood track where you can test very rapidly any new setup change
yo make.

Having a similar small fictitious wide track just to test anything, should be a must in all Sims. A
small test track that loads very fast.

I hope Renato reads this and create one for AMS 2.
 
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To be honest, in a racing sim I don't think you'd stand much chance of good experience even if it did. Even minute lag would be enough to ruin your car control.

I’ve been playing ACC through GeForce Now for a while and lag isn’t really an issue, it’s perfectly playable and not really any different to running locally. As long as your internet connection is fast enough the lag is imperceptible, to me anyway
 

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I’ve been playing ACC through GeForce Now for a while and lag isn’t really an issue, it’s perfectly playable and not really any different to running locally. As long as your internet connection is fast enough the lag is imperceptible, to me anyway
That's interesting and surprising. I've never used it myself. I based my comment on the occasional blip or stutter I get in VR, which can really ruin my day if it happens at a braking zone or mid-corner. Out of interest, what's your internet connection speed?
 

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That's interesting and surprising. I've never used it myself. I based my comment on the occasional blip or stutter I get in VR, which can really ruin my day if it happens at a braking zone or mid-corner. Out of interest, what's your internet connection speed?

On the other hand, one important piece of information is missing ... I used Geforce Now myself and Assetto Corsa Competizione is often present as a flagship game in the catalogue.

You can't play Geforce Now with the steering wheel, only with the controller or keyboard.

It works well locally and online, depending on the server ... and the peaks of use in the neighborhood.

The textures are less detailed, the bloom effect is more pronounced and it's eye-catching during the local vs. cloud transition. Nevertheless with the future 5G, it will surely be old history (new challenge for operators, given the monster packages to create).
 
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That's interesting and surprising. I've never used it myself. I based my comment on the occasional blip or stutter I get in VR, which can really ruin my day if it happens at a braking zone or mid-corner. Out of interest, what's your internet connection speed?

I get around 70Mbps download and around 20Mbps upload, so fast but nothing out of this world. Ive only tried streaming via WiFi so far as well, obviously for peak performance then a wired connection is best. I can play ACC in fairly high settings on my phone if I want which I find a bit insane . I actually use my work laptop to play which is a 5 year old dual core i7 with no dedicated graphics card.

What happens very occasionally is the resolution will drop from 1080p to something lower, but that’s because I’m on WiFi and there’s a momentary connection slow down
 

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With the release of the adrenaline pack and off-road content which I am just assuming will be a rx style racing and a trophy truck.

Has there or will there be a rewrite in the mp code to enable practice sessions and heat racing?

PC2 mp RX format was poorly implemented....sit in a lobby waiting for enough people to join, hit start and go straight to a one and done race....start a new lobby.

If you can implement that and land some good dirt content I feel you could draw alot of iracing dirt users.

Also any chance of incorporating Nvidia SPS & VRSS to improve VR performance?
 
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I’ve been playing ACC through GeForce Now for a while and lag isn’t really an issue, it’s perfectly playable and not really any different to running locally. As long as your internet connection is fast enough the lag is imperceptible, to me anyway

There is up to 100 ms of added lag from playing on these cloud stream services and that adds to every steering input you make. Maybe not a huge issue for the average racer, but a no go for competitive online racing. If you'd put a local PC side by side and tested you'd 99% sure notice the difference. I raced at a friend's house once on a TV with massive input lag, he couldn't tell any difference as he was used to it, but I instantly noticed for example that the in-game wheel lagged behind my physical wheel when moving the wheel.

Oh and AMS 2 doesn't need an expensive PC to run at all, this game produces similar or in some cases better frame rates than pCars 2, so a 2016 built gaming PC can run this perfectly fine.
 
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That worries me slightly. I'd much rather have quality than quantity.
Me to. I get that they need to make money and the additional content is probably necassary to bring cash in but I feel like there is plenty of work left to be done with the cars already in-game let alone other stuff around those and the quantity of planned content makes it seem less likely the current stuff will improve to a more polished state.
 
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But please for Spa, take the F1 layout of 1969 or 1971, in 1970 there was a chicane at Malmedy to slow them down.

Watching the video, it seems 1971 should give the option of using or not using the chicane. At least that's what I imagine a smart developer would choose to do.
 
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