A big Rennsport November update is in the works. Discussed in detail in the latest community talking session, better FFB, a new car class and more are coming. Here are the key takeaways.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 15:
The Rennsport November update has been confirmed to launch on November 24. After announcing a drop of 15.000 beta keys for that date, Rennsport later teased and then confirmed Road Atlanta to be available on this date.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE (NOVEMBER 8):
The big talking point of the community talk was the upcoming Rennsport November update to beta version 1.6. Sim racers can look forward to its launch in November already. The new version includes two US tracks in Road Atlanta and the Daytona Road Course, as recently announced – but there is more.
Content-wise, the Rennsport November update removes the upcoming sim further from the GT3-only stigma. The TCR category is going to make its debut, featuring two cars that have not been specified yet. Competition Company CEO Morris Hebecker promised: “This is going to be the starting point for more content updates in a shorter amount of time.“
Almost as a side note to the content came the mention of rolling starts, which are also set to be part of the Rennsport November update. And it could be the starting point to the sim branching out to oval racing, with Chief Technical Officer Jan Harasym cheekily dropping the following interesting line: “That’ll be fun. Basically, you can drive like you are in NASCAR.” Of course, rolling starts are also used in GT racing and other non-oval disciplines.
Rennsport November Update: FFB “A Huge Improvement”
Additionally, version 1.6 also adds extensive Force Feedback revisions. To achieve improvements in this area, the Rennsport team also worked on car setups and the tire model. The result, according to Harasym: “It’s a lot better, a huge improvement.” Rennsport‘s FFB has been a point of critique thus far – the November updatew will show how much of a step up the new system is.
Meanwhile, more keys for the closed beta are on their way. With the Rennsport November update, a batch of 15.000 will be sent out to sim racers. In December, another 20.000 to 25.000 are set to follow, according to Hebecker. Rennsport plans to supply anyone who signed up for a key in 2022 with one by Christmas of 2023.
However, the closed beta may not be around for too much longer. Hebecker stated that “we are working like hell to release an open beta really early next year.“Late in 2024, Rennsport will launch – at least that is the plan. “The most important thing is to have the right quality before taking the next steps“, added Hebecker. Additionally, a lot of focus will be placed on the modding aspects of Rennsport next year.
Rennsport Community Talk: More Key Takeaways
- Multiclass endurance racing will be part of the sim. As a first step towards this, pit stops will be avaible by the end of 2023.
- A weather system as well as day-and-night-cycle are in the works. Very rudimentary versions are already being tested.
- The Porsche Mission R seen in early showcases could be released in early 2024.
- Next community talk is scheduled for January. Rennsport plans to have one each quarter of 2024.
- YouTuber Jimmy Broadbent’s criticism of the Praga R1’s handling after its release actually caused Rennsport to rework the car. Broadbent has driven the vehicle in competition in 2021 and 2022.
Finally, a further explanation of the recent controversy regarding Rennsport‘s use of the ISImotor engine for its physics model was offered as well. Hebecker recalled: “An early prototype version did not use external physics. But we decided to implement parts of that engine to be quicker in development. Our only mistake was not communicating that properly.” Harasym added: “The plan is not to use ISImotor forever, but to be inspired by it and develop with that in mind.“
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