GeneRally 2 Set To Leave Early Access First Half Of 2024, Multiplayer Tests Soon

GeneRally 2 Set To Leave Early Access First Half Of 2024, Multiplayer Tests Soon

The diminutive top-down racer is continuing its Early Access development phase, but now has an estimated release target for Version 1.0.

An update on GeneRally 2’s progress has been provided by developer Curious Chicken Games, as online multiplayer edges closer.

Invite-Only Multiplayer Tests

One element that is keeping the retro-racing title in Early Access is a lack of online multiplayer. This has been on the development roadmap since it launched in May of this year and seems to be nearing completion.

A development update claims that behind-the-scenes online racing is possible against other players and across championships too – but that the team is working on synchronising tracks between players and what happens during mid-race disconnections.

There are set to be some invite-only online tests sometime after the new year for top fans, with further information expected at a later via the game’s Discord and blog. A promising sign for a much-requested feature.

GeneRally 2 rally
Image: Curious Chicken Games

Version 1.0 Expected In ‘First Half’ Of 2024

Once online multiplayer has been tested, it’s a significant feature that will help the sequel to the 2002 freeware classic. Other items on the roadmap for implementation at some point include online leaderboards, a photo mode, controller support for the user interface and seasons.

For now, it’s been revealed that the game is set to leave the Early Access programme within the first six months of next year.

“It’s our intention to launch out of Early Access within the first half of 2024,” reads the developer statement.

Alongside the online features, further cars, AI improvements and bug fixes will be implemented for version 1.0.

“Right now, our focus is on delivering the online multiplayer, and then we’ll be able to turn our attention to the other items on the list,” continues the update.

GeneRally 2 winter level
Image: Curious Chicken Games

Christmas Update

Before then, however, and ahead of 25th December 2023, will be a ‘Christmas Update’ that will include a new track, winter-themed variants of existing trackside objects alongside a set of new track-creation objects.

No date or changelog has been provided for this yet, although they will arrive sometime over the next week.

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