GTRevival's Unusually Long Radio Silence - What's Next?

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After a steady stream of updates on its development, things have fallen silent for GTRevival - which seems unusual for Straight4 Studios' upcoming simulator.

The latter half of 2023 was interesting for sim racers curious about what to expectin GTRevival. After getting most of the band of the GTR and GTR2 days back together, Straight4 Studios - led by Ian Bell - continually published updates about their work, either via their own email newsletter, or through Bell's Twitter (or X) account.

Things hardly went quiet for GTRevival, a publishing deal already in place with PLAION. Screenshots of cars and tracks followed, and even a short video of a playable version emerged in early December. The latest communication came from Bell himself, stating that "huge great news relating to our upcoming game GTRevival and company developments" would be coming soon.


That was in late January. Then followed a Bell post about a new tire model, supposedly a successor to Seta. Additionally, Bell stated that chassis flex would be a thin in GTRevival. Since then, nothing new has emerged from the studio, with the latest on the "huge great news" being that the announcement would be "nearly there", according to a Twitter reply of Bell's.


No Need For Concern Yet​

Now, is this anything to be concerned about? No, not really. Big announcements like the one supposedly coming up are usually about some sort of deal - a cooperation, licensing, that sort of thing. And sometimes, these announcements can take much longer to be finalized, depending on the magnitude of them and the parties involved.

However, the contents of the upcoming news is anyone's guess. GTRevival has shown GTR2-era - so early 2000s - GT cars in most of its screenshots, with the Lister Storm GT having been confirmed already. As for tracks, Sebring and Lime Rock Park are already announced to be in the game, although another circuit (Interlagos) was also part of the material released so far.

GTRevival Lister Storm GT Lime Rock Park

Both the Lister Storm GT and Lime Rock park have been confirmed for GTRevival already.

Additionally, two GT3 and three Group C cars could also be spotted, but neither have been confirmed yet. Meanwhile, a survey hosted by Straight4 Studios in Spring of 2023 hinted at the devs' desire to include historic content such as late 1990s Super Tourers or even the 1973 World Sportscar Championship.

So, the outlook for the game looks to be rather exciting, especially since there are many more interesting things like a very in-depth career mode or the implementation of AI-generated commentary and race engineers - although the demo videos for the latter are no longer publicly available.

With S4 aiming for a Q4 release for GTRevival, the project is not running behind schedule. Its WMD3 crowdfunding setup has been announced to be delayed until 2024 in the December newsletter, however it did not give an estimate as to when that might be the case.

Carrying On The GTR Legacy?​

While 'wait and see' looks to be the best approach regarding GTRevival for now, looking back at the GTR series that kicked off almost 20 years ago - the first entry was released in early 2005 - is well worth it. The FIA GT Racing Game was a sign of things to come a year later in GTR2 already, the latter being an icon in sim racing and still beloved to this day.


In fact, countless mods and community-made patches have extended the game's lifespan considerably. But it is the core features of the title that made it great and that still hold up in some instances today. With several team members of what was SimBin at the time on board now for GTRevival, sim racers are hopeful for a similarly passionate approach towards the new title.

The first batches of info at least hint at this being the case. Whether or not the game can reignite the torch and then continue carrying it remains to be seen - with an update on the "huge great news" hopefully soon to come.

What do you hope for in GTRevival? Let us know on Twitter @OverTake_gg or in the comments below!
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Because of who is behind the project, which historically promise of lot more than he delivers and leave us with highly unfinished product, I do not really have any hope. But their is potential for a very attractive sim as the GTR2 era had very interesting racing. Complete grids and championships out of the box with full weather, time of day, pit stop etc... would be very nice.
I do not care about no announcement, as announcement from those developers may or may not be true, but will look into whatever is delivered when that time comes.
 
PC3 damaged Ian's reputation, but hopefully, truthfulness and a simulation focus on this upcoming title, constant communication, should, hopefully, rebuild the reputation.
 
They have shown something in past news, Kunos as shown jack[Beep] yet everyone is going doolally about this invisible ACE sim, just saying :cautious:
Well, thats because one dev studio has earned the trust of the community and even if they have longer silence periods they come out with some banger content, while the other...well, lets say its a bit patchy ;)
 
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They have shown something in past news, Kunos as shown jack[Beep] yet everyone is going doolally about this invisible ACE sim, just saying :cautious:
Yeah its called track record.... Ian Bell talked alot and delivered **** all so far ... Kunos talked less and delivered 2 decent sims in the same time .... even if they fail on the next one, its still 4 less failures then Mr.Bell .

PS: This doesnt mean that hope isnt the last to die, perhaps some day something really kickass may happen post GTR2.
 
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Well, thats because one dev studio has earned the trust of the community and even if they have longer silence periods they come out with some banger content, while the other...well, lets say its a bit patchy ;)

Indeed. Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione are both fine efforts, the stuff of good reputation. The other, yes 'patchy' is a very appropriate, and fair, description. Still, if he delivers, much will be forgiven...but he must deliver.
 
"What do you hope for in GTRevival? "

A other engine choice. With Unreal Engine, VR will be terrible. Its still early enough to switch.
 
I WAS really hoping to kinda relive the moments of GTR2 and Fia GT, with these days technology. But i think that the submarine called Ian Bell is in deep waters. Or like (i bett) he still would see it, he is riding a sea horse like JM in Aquaman. Im the King of the wooorrrllldddd!!! No matter how deep i am!
 
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Yeah its called track record.... Ian Bell talked alot and delivered **** all so far ... Kunos talked less and delivered 2 decent sims in the same time .... even if they fail on the next one, its still 4 less failures then Mr.Bell .

PS: This doesnt mean that hope isnt the last to die, perhaps some day something really kickass may happen post GTR2.
I think you're forgetting that it needed the community to create content for AC and the UI is ...wanting, the handling isn't as good as it could be and the AI is rubbish, it is however the apple of some folks eye, as for your comments about Bell, well, spouting rubbish here won't really make you feel better because you can't undo what he's achieved, and, hundreds of thousands Millions of folks were happy with what they got when they bought his titles and many still enjoy them today.
 
I have zero hope for this title given the history of the one at the top of the tree...

There's going to be more flashy screenshots and marketing soon...

Followed by a complete shovelware level release... Promises of fixes that never materise then a decade later some poor dev company will be sold the lemon he's created to try and finish the job...

Those last 3 titles should be fair warning to anyone... He made Turn 10 and Electronic Arts look good with his last 3 attempts at taking your money... Just because something dodgy was popular doesn't make it good... Politics is a constant reminder of that...
 
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ACC & LMU are making a lot of noise right now...ACE too is gathering attention. You can either try to outshout them, or lay low a while and let all the commotion settle down before promoting your product.
Is the implication that I'm somehow associated with the project/sim? Not even close, just another grown sim racing dork who would be happy to serve as a guinea pig for my fellow early 00s GT enjoyers...or am I misreading that and you are just talking about Bell's timing?
 
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Maybe some of you are too young to remember, but this is supposedly the team that turned out GTR, GTR2, and GTL. That includes Ian Bell. Maybe you liked the PCars series, and maybe you didn't, but you can't deny that these people turned out some of the best sim racing software ever made. GTR2 was so good that a lot of people still use it. We will see what happens with this title. I know a lot of you are in love with Kunos, and I like Assetto Corsa too, but GTR2 was a lot more complete simulation than AC has ever been.
 

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