rFactor 2 – Roadmap Update May 2017
STUDIO 397 has published their latest Development Roadmap update blog post bringing us up to date with the latest progress and upcoming content for the rFactor 2 racing simulator.
After successfully releasing the new rF2 “open beta” DX11 engine update, the development team is now working hard to release a stable version in the coming weeks. Once the stable release has been achieved the rF2 team will begin to concentrate their efforts on the new rFactor 2 User Interface.
Besides the usual code changes and improvements suggested by the community, the dev team also continued updating the existing rF2 content. You can expect to see an updated version of the Tiger Moth track and the classic Belgium circuit very soon. On the vehicle side of thing, the Radical is now receiving its sound, physics, and tyres. If all goes to plan, STUDIO 397 hopes to make the car available in June.
Last but not least, we can have a look at the first previews of the upcoming Zandvoort track which is already looking very good indeed.
May Roadmap Update
For our cars, we not only want to do updates to the graphics to make them look better under DX11 and DX9 but also update their physics. The biggest updates are related to our Contact Patch Model (CPM) which will give the F2 and Marussia F1 car new rubber. We are also looking at doing the same for the Civic and will probably do a few others.
In previous updates, you’ve already seen some shots of the Radical in-game and we are currently working hard on completing the sound, physics, and tyres for the car and get the package in the hands of our testers. Realistically we are looking at a release in June for this car.
In other news, we now go left with the USF2000 oval package upgrade. Recently we got our hands on some good hard data on the oval package run by the USF2000 series – the resulting upgrade package we’ve developed makes for a more challenging open wheel oval experience. The added adjustments, being in line with the real world data add the proper baseline asymmetry needed, making the car better suited to the sustained wheel-to-wheel and ‘in the draft’ oval action. Additionally, the provided asymmetrical setup is a great starting point for those daunted by having to make an oval setup, it should be well balanced out of the box for a wide range of ovals – so don’t be afraid to just jump in start racing. You should see this update early next week.
Keep an eye out on our social media for a few other announcements on the car front!
Meet us in Zandvoort!
Over the weekend, we will be at the Jumbo Racing Days, driven by Max Verstappen, which is a spectacular event at Circuit Park Zandvoort. In a partnership with Red Bull, Fanatec, PlaySeat and Team Redline we have set up a large tent in the paddock area with a couple of rigs where you can test your skills against some of the Team Redline drivers on-site. We’ve heard that Max Verstappen will drop by himself to set a benchmark lap! He will of course also give a lot of demonstrations with his racing car on the real track throughout the whole weekend.
For us, this is a great opportunity to share the first preview of our new Zandvoort track, which will be coming to rFactor 2. We’ve included a few early screenshots which show our progress with the track and we are very pleased that we can also announce that we’ve obtained an official license for it.
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