New Live For Speed Previews | Day to Night Transitions

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The continual development of Live for Speed goes on - this time with previews of the upcoming day to night transitions in development for the simulation.

As many of our readers are probably already aware, the now classic Live for Speed racing simulation is having plenty of love and attention lavished on it behind the scenes, with a sizeable graphical update having been in the works for quite some time - designed to breathe new life into one of the oldest active racing simulations currently in use.

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As part of this bid to graphically overhaul the game, the Live for Speed Development Team have been busy working on something that I think it would be fair to say most of us never expected to see happen - day to night transitions!

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From the LFS forum post:

Thank you for your patience as it's been a long time since the July progress report.
We aren't ready for a full progress report but thought we could say a few words and show you a few things. Eric has been continuing with South City. It's a long job and he has worked more on the roads than the buildings so far. At this point he would rather wait until more buildings are done before showing screen shots.
I've been working on the sky darkness, automatic exposure and white balance that became necessary with the use of the realtime generated skies. The lighting is now separated into lights that are always on and others that only come on at night. I increased the possible intensity of lighting to allow floodlights to work.
I worked on a system to allow us to use realistic camera exposure settings to allow comparisons with photographs from digital cameras. In a manual exposure mode I can now set the ISO, f-stop and shutter speed. It is interesting to see the massive variation in the brightness and therefore the exposure required for a night shot and a day shot. For example a shot taken in street lighting may require around 4000 times the exposure compared with a day shot. A more extreme example is the difference between moonlight and sunlight. The sun is 400 thousand times brighter than a full moon, yet our eyes can adapt to see quite well at those extremes.
I haven't had to make LFS adapt so much but it does have to deal with bright sunlight down to typical street lighting scenes. There is more to be done and the lighting is far from perfect. Anyway I hope you like the attached screenshots and the youtube videos.

At this stage, as with the overall graphical improvements, we are not yet sure exactly when these changes will be introduced into the public build of the title... but the current state of progress is certainly impressive if these preview images are anything to go by..


 
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They need a bigger team and a better reach for selling it...i tried LFS back then in the really early 2000s and it was SO much ahead of its time, this sim does many things right, i really hope, they're getting possibilities to lower their workload for more updates to come!
 

Fabri

50RPM
Incredible long life. Tyre deforming since start and a pure FF that was good. Now it need more changeable control FF and more accurate internal cars. For me, all rest are ok
 

Cote Dazur

1000RPM
Great news, looking forward to try the new developments. I ma not driving often in LFS, but when I do I enjoy the very good VR implementation and the very driving feeling. The cars are ok but in VR better cockpit and animation would go a long way, my main reason not to drive so often are the AI is not believeable and most important for me the track, except one, are fantasy tracks.
Never the less long life to LFS.
 
We all have to understand this is a part-time game for the devs and they have 3 or less, they have most of their days working and then nighty night with kids, what time is there left to develop this? It's amazing that they're doing this, I really appreciate their work and I'm really looking forward for this update!
 

AccAkut

2000RPM
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We all have to understand this is a part-time game for the devs and they have 3 or less, they have most of their days working and then nighty night with kids, what time is there left to develop this? It's amazing that they're doing this, I really appreciate their work and I'm really looking forward for this update!
Scawen has rather recently made it clear that this is no part time for him, it's his (and Erics) only job - which I honestly find unbelievable, can't imagine it still paying enough for two people (Victor works other day jobs since at least 2011). Also in that context unbelievable slow development even for a single guy, AND MOST OF ALL for Eric the sole seasoned 3D artist. Not a single car in sight after 10 years? I learned how to make them and created 6 in 5 years :mad::mad::roflmao:
 
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