rFactor 2 Launches Race Control Platform As Open Beta

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Announced some months ago, Studio 397 has launched the open beta for the new rFactor 2 online racing platform, Race Control. Here’s what it’s all about and how to join.

Image credit: Studio 397

For many months now, rFactor 2 has been looking to gain its own online racing platform. Currently featuring on services like Low Fuel Motorsport, it is starting to grow its online user base. But it is clear that Studio 397 wants more.

Today, the developer launches the new rFactor 2 online racing platform, Race Control in beta form. Open for everyone to test out, it allows regular race scheduling, private session hosting and special events. So out with the old system and in with the new, clearly with iRacing in its crosshairs. Here’s all you need to know.


What Is rF2 Race Control?​

Much like every other online racing service, the rFactor 2 Race Control system provides players with regular racing online, hopefully in a fun setting. Akin to iRacing and Low Fuel Motorsport, this new platform gives every player their own ranking, both on performance and skill as well as safety.

Driver Rank is the skill-based rank similar to iRating. Players will either gain or lose DR depending on where they finish in a race. However, unlike the aforementioned services, Race Control does not associate this with a number. Instead, one is ranked by grade, from Bronze to Platinum.

Safety Rank follows the same idea. A player starts off with a Bronze rank and, with incident-free sessions, moves up the scale. One would assume these follow the FIA grade system; Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum.

In order to make these evolve, one must compete in the races on offer in Race Control. Daily Race selections rotate each week with three different car-track combinations on offer at one time. Every hour, drivers with a Bronze Safety Rank or higher can compete in the Beginner Races. Intermediate events take place every two hours and are open to Silver Safety or higher. Gold drivers gain access to the longer Advanced events, taking place every three hours.

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Join daily races in rFactor 2 Race Control. Image credit: Studio 397

The service will also reportedly host Special Events, aside from the Daily Races. Much like iRacing, these will take the form of longer races, most likely following real-world calendars. For example, one can assume a LMP2/GTE event will take place at Bahrain on 2-4 November, for the FIA WEC round.

Finally, players will also be able to host their own private sessions through the service. The whole thing will be hosted on AWS servers. Much like iRacing, hosting one’s own event will cost money, though the pricing appears to be less aggressive. Per hour, one can expect to pay around €1, with offers available for 12- and 24-hour events.

How To Join rFactor 2 Race Control Beta​

As of today, 5 October, anyone that owns rFactor 2 can join this new Race Control platform. However, being an in-development service, the developers warn that there are sure to be some bugs to fix.

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Create your own profile on the service. Image credit: Studio 397

Simply booting up the title will not suffice when it comes to running on the new platform. In fact, this is an open beta test. As a result, one must gain access to the Beta form of rFactor 2. To do so, right click on rFactor 2 in your Steam library. Then select ‘Properties’ and ‘Betas’. On the drop-down menu, choose the Release Candidate version of the game and it should auto-update. Now, you have access to Race Control and all it has to offer.

Each player will have their own profile on the service. Here, you will find information on previous races, your current ranking and you will be able to change details such as your name and nationality.

Last week, we mentioned that the BMW M2 CS in rFactor 2 was hinted to become free ‘very soon’. Well, it seems the announcement was referring to this news as Studio-397 is anxious to get as many racers competing on the beta. Those that join the Race Control beta will get the cup racer for free.

Race Control is also a feature bound for Le Mans Ultimate. Clearly, Studio 397 and Motorsport Games are anxious to ensure the FIA WEC game will launch with as few issues as possible later this year.

Will you be joining the rFactor 2 Race Control service? Tell us on Twitter at @OverTake_gg or in the comments down below!
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The oversaturation of this stuff is not going to end well Im afraid.

At one point Assetto Corsa had like 4 different apps available for ranked online play including SRS, WSS, SimRacingGP, and there's one other one I can't recall. All it did was dilute an already small playerbase of core guys who wanted a ranked platform for AC.
 
The oversaturation of this stuff is not going to end well Im afraid.

At one point Assetto Corsa had like 4 different apps available for ranked online play including SRS, WSS, SimRacingGP, and there's one other one I can't recall. All it did was dilute an already small playerbase of core guys who wanted a ranked platform for AC.
Not a big fan of RF2 talking here: if it works and becomes the official thing, it won't dilute, it will consolidate. And other sims should follow IMO. (Sorry for the people that made a business out of it).

My fear is, if it works as most online RF2 stuff, it won't work at all. (And a lot of people can keep their businesses).
 
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The oversaturation of this stuff is not going to end well Im afraid.

At one point Assetto Corsa had like 4 different apps available for ranked online play including SRS, WSS, SimRacingGP, and there's one other one I can't recall. All it did was dilute an already small playerbase of core guys who wanted a ranked platform for AC.
competition drives innovation and product improvement, and end-users usually benefits from that.

SRS was first I believe and I am grateful for WSS and SGP, and my own platform too :p
 
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Im sceptical, the previous rf2 CP system was a disaster. Servers didnt spin up half of the time and they stubborned refused to show how many people signed up and there was also no web signup using e.g. Android.

We needed LowFuelMotorsports to set up something outside of rf2. That is now pretty good.

What S397 did do well was improve the track limit and cut detection system.

However the biggest problem for me is that the integration of all these CP systems with the actual racing code of rf2 is not great. This leads to the fact that you need these "waiting" warmup sessions to get people loaded in etc. The issue with this is that when a "session" starts at e.g. 2030pm but the actual race starts at 2056pm. So if you are not really interested in Q then you need to "hang around" for 26m without any countdowns or good indication when a race would start. Some people dont mind but for me this is really annoying. I bet its the same thing in new rf2 online. ACC CP system does this much better.
 
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Happy to see this . Between this, RCO for AMS2 and WSS ( which I only just discovered ) I may finally be able to bin my iRacing account :)
 
"Much like iRacing, hosting one’s own event will cost money, though the pricing appears to be less aggressive. Per hour, one can expect to pay around €1, with offers available for 12- and 24-hour events."

Not sure how those prices are "less aggressive" than iRacing. It's only $0.35 per hour with volume discount ($0.50 regular) on iR. The prices for rF2 are significantly higher than that.
 
Not a big fan of RF2 talking here: if it works and becomes the official thing, it won't dilute, it will consolidate. And other sims should follow IMO. (Sorry for the people that made a business out of it).

My fear is, if it works as most online RF2 stuff, it won't work at all. (And a lot of people can keep their businesses).
Tbh, I had very few issues with using rF2 online over the years. Certainly not more than in other platforms. And if they build a solid online system from the ground up I see no issue here. The features are great, the driving is great and the netcode is good. One problem I allways had was hosting servers easily for freinds, but that seems to be integrated into the new system aswell. So I am looking forward to how everything works. This has nothing to do with the old competition system. And at the end this is the test bed for Le Mans Ultimate and it's for free.
 
"Much like iRacing, hosting one’s own event will cost money, though the pricing appears to be less aggressive. Per hour, one can expect to pay around €1, with offers available for 12- and 24-hour events."

Not sure how those prices are "less aggressive" than iRacing. It's only $0.35 per hour with volume discount ($0.50 regular) on iR. The prices for rF2 are significantly higher than that.
That might be true, but you don't pay a monthly fee and content is cheaper. If people don't use it due to the pricing they might adjust it along the way. Let's see how it works out. At some point they might want to earn money with it. And I guess selling rF2 and the DLCs doesn't do the trick alone considering that you just need one car on a server. And everything else about the system is still free. :)
 
"Much like iRacing, hosting one’s own event will cost money, though the pricing appears to be less aggressive. Per hour, one can expect to pay around €1, with offers available for 12- and 24-hour events."

Not sure how those prices are "less aggressive" than iRacing. It's only $0.35 per hour with volume discount ($0.50 regular) on iR. The prices for rF2 are significantly higher than that.
But you dot need the monthly subscription, for now.
 
The oversaturation of this stuff is not going to end well Im afraid.

At one point Assetto Corsa had like 4 different apps available for ranked online play including SRS, WSS, SimRacingGP, and there's one other one I can't recall. All it did was dilute an already small playerbase of core guys who wanted a ranked platform for AC.
there is no oversaturation about anything with rF2, the driving feeling, FFB, physics, are far far far better than anything, rF2 or nothing, quality over quantity.
 
"Much like iRacing, hosting one’s own event will cost money, though the pricing appears to be less aggressive. Per hour, one can expect to pay around €1, with offers available for 12- and 24-hour events."

Not sure how those prices are "less aggressive" than iRacing. It's only $0.35 per hour with volume discount ($0.50 regular) on iR. The prices for rF2 are significantly higher than that.
Keep in mind that rF2 still has the ability to run your own server.
 
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I have not really used rf2 a lot since my league went to iracing, I did try in when they tried with there own competition series as they had combos that didnt require me to buy content i would never drive. I did a few races but it was mostly dead and lfm was a thing at the time as well.
What is the main difference here from their last attempt that is really different? What will make this work where the other didn't. I can't remember tbh if the last attempt had ranking or not but it got so few people I don't know if that would make the difference.

I imagine that lfm is doing ok with rf2, no doubt probably better than any other service using rf2 so i am not sure why they want to try and undercut them, not really sure of the benefit to them.
 

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