“Nordschleife when?” has evolved into a meme in the Assetto Corsa Competizione community. With the addition of the Nürburgring 24 Hours to the IGTC calendar, serious speculation started. Now, a Ring specialist’s visit to Kunos Simulazioni reignited the ACC Nordschleife rumors.
Licensing was in the way of the Nordschleife being added to ACC for the longest time. When the Intercontinental GT Challenge announced the addition of the Nürburgring 24 Hours to its calendar starting in 2024, it became clear that this would no longer be an issue. However, with Assetto Corsa 2 being in development, not too much focus might lay on ACC.
ACC Nordschleife Rumors: No License Issue Anymore
The popular GT3 simulator already features the Grand Prix circuit of the Nürburgring. Additional tracks are subject to the SRO license, though. This means that they are limited to where SRO-sanctioned series race – hence the omission of the Nordschleife thus far.
Since the July announcement, speculation has died down. That is until this week, when Misha Charoudin visited developer Kunos Simulazioni and posted about it on Instagram. The Russian-born racing driver is a noted Nordschleife specialist, competing in the NLS in a BMW 330i alongside sim racers Jimmy Broadbent and “SuperGT” Steve Alvarez Brown.
A photo Charoudin shared shows him in a simulator, with emojis covering up the monitors – or most of them. A fraction is visible, and the community immediately noticed a HUD element from ACC. Charoudin’s caption also added oil to the speculation fire. the Was this a cheeky Nordschleife teaser? Not necessarily.
ACC Nordschleife Rumors: Other Explanations
Of course, the photo and caption could have been a sneaky way to confirm something without actually confirming it. There are other explanations for it, however.
Assetto Corsa 2 Preview
Likely launching in Q2 of 2024, Kunos is currently working on Assetto Corsa 2. The successor to the immensely popular original is sure to feature the Nürburgring in all its glory, just like the first AC. Although not confirmed, it is safe to assume that the track will reappear for AC2. Meanwhile, it would not be unusual for a test version of a game to use HUD elements from an older title.
It would make sense for Charoudin to check out the current build of the track during his visit, then. The driver lives close to the Ring and has plenty of laps under his belt. His opinion and suggestions can help Kunos to create a more authentic version of the green hell. After all, the original AC‘s Nordschleife is over eight years old at the time of writing this article, so plenty of things have changed around the circuit.
Assetto Corsa Competizione is due one last, officially announced DLC. First talked about at the 2022 24 Hours of Spa, the GT2 class is set to make its debut in the sim. It is also possible that Charoudin got to test the new class of cars ahead of its release – which does not have a date yet.
Seven vehicles have been confirmed for the GT2 DLC. The pack will bring six cars of manufacturers that are already in the game to the table, but also newly introduces Brabham to ACC. The iconic make founded by F1 legend Jack Brabham has a rather exciting machine with the name BT63 GT2 on offer.
Of course, the speculation may well turn out to be true as well. ACC is nearing the end of its lifespan, but if there could ever be a proper send-off, the Nordschleife would be just that. It is the single most-requested content piece by the community ever since the title launched in 2018.
There is no doubt that most of the active ACC playerbase would need little convincing to grab this last hurrah of a DLC as a result. If Kunos can find a way to implement it without diverging too many resources from the development of AC2, it would certainly be worth their time.
On the other hand, the behemoth of a track would be a mammoth project to recreate in sufficient detail. Never mind performance issues with the resource-hungry Unreal Engine 4 ACC uses. Time will tell – and sim racers will wait anxiously for an official statement.
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