Automobilista 2 | October Development Roadmap

Reiza Studios have revealed their latest 'Development Roadmap' for October - and it's early!
  • Nurburgring.
  • GT3 and GT4.
  • FFB and physics improvements.
It feels good not having to write this past midnight on Friday - thanks for the early posting Reiza! In this new development roadmap, the Brazilian studio outline their upcoming plans and goodies heading to Automobilista 2 in the very near future - with some great new additions on the way to the simulation...

The roadmap in full:

Greetings everyone!

It's great to be back with another Development Update after missing out on our usual catch-up last month, for which I´d like to apologise to anyone who was disappointed by it - a combination of circumstances meant there was neither time nor material to post a substantial update then.

We're gonna try make up for that now with a slightly early October Development update, to present you all with some very exciting news about what we have been putting together for our next Automobilista 2 update

The Arc of Progress

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This month marks the completion of two years since Automobilista 2 went into production with the Madness engine, and a mere 8 months since the very first Beta was release to backers. A lot of ground has been covered in this time, and we´re very proud of what we have managed to achieve in what is by all measures a relatively short window of time in game development.

Although we take pride on the work done so far, we remain aware that we really must continue to push hard in order for AMS2 to keep evolving to fulfill its potential - one that gets closer to being realized with every monthly update.

To this end we have obviously been commited to a very aggressive development schedule, and when you´re moving that fast to try make big strides towards releases on a monthly schedule, occasionally some rough edges will slip into public releases. This is deliberate and we do find this to be the way we can make the game grow better, faster - which ultimately is what we all want. We do aknowledge that approach has on occasion lead to a stumble here and there that has disappointed some users.

We´re also adamant that not all users are aware of this methodology or find it to be the right way to go, and conscious about the fact releases need to grow tidier and more reliable as we tick off the boxes in our dev plan. As always we emphasize that AMS2 was designed to evolve over time - the first version of anything will always be the least developed version, but that won´t stop us from continuing to push to make it better.

With this said, we have been working specially hard in the last couple of weeks to ensure a tidier release for what we believe will be a landmark update for Automobilista 2, with plenty of exciting new content combined with some major core improvements along with the usual round of polish to the existing cars and tracks. Here are some of the highlights:

Premium GT3 and GT4 Cars Arrive in AMS 2

There is no doubt GT3 racing has grown to become one of the most popular in motorsports, be it real or simulated - and there are good reasons for it: a perfectly balanced power-to-weight ratio packaged with sublimely optimized 21st century aerodynamics and technology, wrapped under virtuoso designs produced by the most prestigious brands in the world make them both uniquely attractive, and despite their impressive performances incredibly accessible for drivers of varying skill levels.

Our goal for Automobilista 2 is to provide the most diverse sim racing buffet we can put together, and that would never be complete without these mighty machines. We are thus delighted to confirm our initial batch of GT3 & GT4 cars will finally come for Automobilista 2 in our upcomign update.

This release will be boosted by the addition of two major licensing agreements - we are very proud to announce two new licensing partnerships with Porsche and Mclaren Automotive, which will see a number of their cars added to the game in the next few releases, adding to the growing list of premium brands and models officially represented in Automobilista 2.

The recent licensing agreements with these prestigious motorsports icons have been a long time coming in what has been a difficult year for businesses all over the world - that only adds to our gratitude for getting these over the finish line.

The deals will see a long catalogue of very exciting cars making their way to Automobilista 2 in the coming months - the vast majority of which will be added to the game as free additional content.

The initial batch in the upcoming release should include the following models:

GT3:
  • 2015 Mercedes AMG GT3
  • 2016 Porsche 911 GT3-R
  • 2019 Mclaren 720S GT3
  • 2019 BMW M6 GT3
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GT4:
  • 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
  • 2017 Camaro GT4-R
  • 2018 Mclaren 570S GT4
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This release will also feature the Porsche Carrera Cup cars as raced in the Brazilian series in 2020.

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Enter the Green Hell

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Another major milestone in our upcoming update is the release of the most challenging race track in the World - the Nurburgring , featuring both the modern GP layout as well as the infamous Nordschleife, both developed with the aid of laser scan data.

The track will be available as a standalone DLC, and also as part of both Season Pass and Premium Track Pack.

This initial release will not however be the extensions of our plans for the "Green Hell" - we will continue to develop new layouts of the track including a Historical version, with a release targetted at some point next year, as a free addition to this DLC package.

Core Game Development

The new content is obviously great additions to the AMS2, and we hope they will be a popular boost to the game, but these also call for the game to evolve with it - to that end, we have continued to hard both in developing new features to the core game, as well as fixing issues with existing functionalities and content. Here are some of the highlights to feature in the upcoming release:

Livery custmization will now be possible and template for all models release with the next update, so users will be able to paint their own liveries to replace (but not yet add to) the original ones without needing to fudge with external tools.

We have a substantial Force Feedback upgrade, providing enhanced feedback during braking, enhanced road feel, improved scrub effect, effectively eliminating the FFB "deadzone" around center in some cars, and generally adding a more distinctive oversteer / understeer feedback.

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Physics revisions of the engine at large as well as specific car models continue to take place, with fuel and tyre wear specially expected to have a full pass in time for release.

We are also continuing our intense AI development program, further cleaning up some poor behavior and doing further performance callibration passes which should see a more consistent and reliable racing jumping from class to class.

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Further work on 3D Animations is also ongoing, on the car front with more cars receiving the complete damage model with deformable mesh, flapping & detachable parts, dirt & scratch maps, and tracks beginning to get a bit more life with helicopters, drones and other objects

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On the Audio front, and have added a capable extra set of hands to the team to help us get the best of the FMOD engine - that should earn valuable improvements on the longer run, with some already be noticeable on the upcoming new cars.

Championship mode has also received some updates, with further support for official Stock Car rules and the addition of a few new championships due for this update and the next.

Pricing Retained

Despite the growing list of premium licensed content to be added to the base game over the coming weeks and months and the game itself distinctively maturing into a very competitive package, we have elected to further postpone our planned price bump and stick with the current pricing for the time being, with the goal of boosting the influx of new players and stimulating the growth the active community around it. With seasonal Steam sales incoming you may expect some good deals also for DLC packs.

That covers it for this month and hopefully also makes up for the last one - we look forward to sharing the latest results of our work with you all this weekend!

Original Source: Reiza Studios.

AMS 2 is available now, exclusively on PC.

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NathanC

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Look like some fantastic additions, can't wait to try out the big ring! AMS2 one of my most played sims atm, just feels so great to drive. If anyone hasn't tried it yet I would definitely recommend picking it up - especially when on sale if you're not sure!
 

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To this end we have obviously been commited to a very aggressive development schedule, and when you´re moving that fast to try make big strides towards releases on a monthly schedule, occasionally some rough edges will slip into public releases. This is deliberate and we do find this to be the way we can make the game grow better, faster - which ultimately is what we all want.
I think this is the single most disappointing statement I've heard from Reiza to date. Their method is to deliberately throw out broken patches because it's the best way of growing the sim? This, despite the game already having a semi-public beta version which could easily catch the type of glaringly obvious issues present in the last patch? I'm sorry, but this is ridiculous. I bought the sim knowing it was a long-term project yes, but I did not buy it to be a paying beta tester.

I'd have rather they just admitted dropping the ball and assured us they'd be more careful in future. My respect level has just dropped a couple of notches, I'm afraid.
 
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GT3 and GT4 has released. but..... if Ginetta GT4 Cup has stand alone without joining GT4 Class. I'm request Ginetta GT4 Cup Update to join GT4 Class. Also Nurburgring Nordschleife Historic. thank you for Request.
 
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I think this is the single most disappointing statement I've heard from Reiza to date. Their method is to deliberately throw out broken patches because it's the best way of growing the sim? This, despite the game already having a semi-public beta version which could easily catch the type of glaringly obvious issues present in the last patch? I'm sorry, but this is ridiculous. I bought the sim knowing it was a long-term project yes, but I did not buy it to be a paying beta tester.

I'd have rather they just admitted dropping the ball and assured us they'd be more careful in future. My respect level has just dropped a couple of notches, I'm afraid.
I suspect that this is a bit of a misunderstanding caused by some rather poor wording from Reiza. I think what they actually meant is that it is the 'very aggressive development schedule' that is deliberate and not the 'rough edges.'
 
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DirkW

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This is great news! Looking forward to the release. I don't mind being kind of a beta tester for some items, I rather get such new items that may not yet be perfect to use or maybe just not tested over a longer period, maybe even allowing me contributing to their improvement, instead of silence and nothing happening.
 
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tracks beginning to get a bit more life with helicopters, drones and other objects
Does anyone else feel like there is a little too much life on some tracks? For example, at Spielberg it seems like an Air Calvary unit is scrambling to destroy a column of tanks. I like the birds and I like the hovering helicopters, but I find it extremely hard to believe that a helicopter would be taking off in the middle of a race, let alone several times.

That aside, I am very excited for this release.
 

Enagee

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This will bring in some new user to AMS2 and short term excitement.

As much as we all like the obscure tracks and cars, GT3/GT4 and European tracks will always be the most popular combo.

In the meantime some of us have been hoping for some kind of multilayer enhancement, or rating.
I think this is a great title but needs a decent multilayer foundation.

I paid almost £100 so slightly disappointed at this stage.

I guess some of us have been silently wishing for a sim as an alternative to iracing...
 
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Class, bring on the updates.

"As much as we all like the obscure tracks and cars, GT3/GT4 and European tracks will always be the most popular combo."

"I paid almost £100 so slightly disappointed at this stage."

"I guess some of us have been silently wishing for a sim as an alternative to iracing..."

Some more European tracks would be cool @Enagee but the budget deference the two companies have to work with must be MASSIVE. I've never tried iRacing because I can't stomach paying monthly to use content that I would have bought.

So I use ACC AMS2 and RaceRoom, also have RF2 and AC but not currently using them. So I will pay out money, mostly on RR, it's got to be over £150 now.

I picked up AMS2 for cheep (I would say) in the early access and have been pleased with what I got/I'm getting. Did you go with the base game plus the Season Pass to spend over £100?

I would guess that Reiza know only too well about the draw of the euro tracks and I think they have shown that these will come along over time.

I would say AMS is defiantly a grower rather than a shower and it will be cool to see what it's like this time next year.
 

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As long as the magic words "custom liveries" are in, I am satisfied. So I am definitely satisfied. I really hope custom grids are not that far.

Also, with the inclusion of GT3 and GT4 cars, I can't help but thinking the Brazilian Endurance Championship should be the real star of this title (I am biased towards endurance racing in general). My only worry is that currently there are not enough "slots" for all the categories of this championship, so if we want to simulate real life grids, we simply can't because there are only 4 classes which can be chosen. Fingers crossed Reiza will increase the number of selectable classes in multiclass racing!