F1 Arcade Set to Open in London November 24 Using rFactor 2-ish

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Remember the days of physical arcades? You would waltz into an overrun back room with a pocket full of quarters and just wait to go onto your favourite cabinet. F1 is trying to bring that back, just a lot bigger.

F1 is set to open its "F1 Arcade". An "experimental venue" set to sell consumers an experience of driving F1 cars. But contrary to what you might think, this will not happen using Codemasters' games.

Motorsport Games and Studio 397 supply the motion-rig-filled venue with their platform of rFactor 2 and will allow "individual, team-based and all-venue racing formats, along with different modes for all ages and abilities."

Every user of the arcade would have their own player profile and an "experience currency".

Adam Breedan, a designer of some activity venues within London also devised the F1 Arcade.

From an FAQ on Twitter, it was said:
  • A variety of food will be served as well as drinks from a "40ft champagne bar"
  • "We plan to launch Grand Prix Sessions and All Venue Race modes which are perfect for the sim racing fan!"
  • "All F1 teams are represented at F1 Arcade"
  • "We sprinkled a bit of F1 magic (thousands of hours of dev time) and built our own game from rFactor2's engine"
  • "We’ve got an exciting global rollout plan in the works"
An F1 game in rFactor 2's engine? If that sounds interesting to you, better save up that money to travel to London, because there has been no news so far for an extra release of this "own game".

Or wait for one venue from the "global rollout plan" to surface in your local capital.

What do you think of this news? Are you ready to race in London? Let us know in the comments down below!
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i'm sure they are just gaining for new money for a project that will never see the light.
Another money grab
 
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I wonder if this will be a success. We sim racers look down on Codemasters F1 game. Not well called for us, too much of a game. But that's exactly what it is, a very nice game for the general public with the complete F1 experience. As sim racers we are a much smaller group. We care about realistic driving characteristics and detailed force feedback. The average world citizen does not know what that is and has never heard of rFactor. It's really just a really boring game for them.
The way F1 arcade is announced here, in a large hall with food and drink, it seems to me more for the general public who come for the fun, and not for racing purists like us. We'll see what happens.
 
Why not recover some of those "thousands of hours of dev time" by having the game published? It can't be any uglier than actual RF2 is now ;) Don't get me wrong, I do love RF2, the FFB and overall driving feels the best to me there.
 
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I wonder if this will be a success. We sim racers look down on Codemasters F1 game. Not well called for us, too much of a game. But that's exactly what it is, a very nice game for the general public with the complete F1 experience. As sim racers we are a much smaller group. We care about realistic driving characteristics and detailed force feedback. The average world citizen does not know what that is and has never heard of rFactor. It's really just a really boring game for them.
The way F1 arcade is announced here, in a large hall with food and drink, it seems to me more for the general public who come for the fun, and not for racing purists like us. We'll see what happens.
My thoughts are F1 should be pushing the boundaries of Sim Racing. They sold the license to codemasters to make a nice game for everyone fair enough. But then not allowing anything else F1 related is criminal. Every F1 team has a million dollar sim centre, own software. Thats my only gripe with the Codemasters Game, is the rest of actual Sim Racing has to suffer for it.
 
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I remember way back when, going to the Arcade, lining up for my go on a Driving / Racing Simulator, placing my money on the machine to book a turn, watching how well everyone went, that's the time to beat:confused::).

Not sure what Sim Gear is going to be used but the above mentioned Driving / Racing Simulator was regularly 'Out of Order' possibly due to rough usage by people, Wheel and Seat 'sticky' from Food / Drink being spilt...those were the days:roflmao:.

Now with modern times, 'Health & Safety' is a real concern, especially with 'Direct Drive' wheels that could rotate fast and strong which could catch the unsuspecting new comer out....watch those fingers son....and of course the possibility of infectious diseases that has plagued the world over for the last 2-3 years and showing no signs of going away as yet:(

Wish them all the best.:thumbsup:
 
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There is something like this in The Netherlands already, in Utrecht:

 
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I remember way back when, going to the Arcade, lining up for my go on a Driving / Racing Simulator, placing my money on the machine to book a turn, watching how well everyone went, that's the time to beat:confused::).

Not sure what Sim Gear is going to be used but the above mentioned Driving / Racing Simulator was regularly 'Out of Order' possibly due to rough usage by people, Wheel and Seat 'sticky' from Food / Drink being spilt...those were the days:roflmao:.

Now with modern times, 'Health & Safety' is a real concern, especially with 'Direct Drive' wheels that could rotate fast and strong which could catch the unsuspecting new comer out....watch those fingers son....and of course the possibility of infectious diseases that has plagued the world over for the last 2-3 years and showing no signs of going away as yet:(

Wish them all the best.:thumbsup:

This one seems to have weathered the covid and health and safety storm, and is only 20 minutes away from where I live in Brisbane, Though I can't say I have ever been there.






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rF2 engine could in theory allow them to run multi versions so instead of using any aids that just dull everything tweak the build performance for say 3 skill levels + "Super License" :ninja:

If it's a success will surely be replicated for other disciplines, Tokyo could have Touge and Drift. US Nascar and Indycar, Finland WRC and so forth.

Each location would want to have it's own unique style not "clone branded" franchises no matter how bespoke.
 
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This one seems to have weathered the covid and health and safety storm, and is only 20 minutes away from where I live in Brisbane, Though I can't say I have ever been there.
Agree, looks great...although it costs...
$29 (Aus) for Single and more for extra sessions
6 Minute Briefing + Car & Track Selection
1 x 12 Minute Session
1 x 12 Minute Session Replay**
Use of Pool Table.

...this could possibly weed out the so called, walk in, casual Arcade goer.

Great Post...I did not know these even existed out in the wild:redface::)
 
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Gold Coast V8 next weekend, afterwards 1 hour drive along M1 to Brisbane for some laps.
I would pick the shortest track so more laps. :p
Can I skip briefing and replay for 30 minute session:x3:
Really not bad considering such bespoke gear.
$29AU is $18US
 
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Personally I think its very cheap, I've paid more for my kids to spend time at VR arcades, and they can burn through 40 or 50 bucks each real quick in the big arcades in the shopping center's.......

Last time I took them go karting was a couple hundred bucks....
 
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