The latest Assetto Corsa Competizione DLC released just a week, and the ACC GT2 cars were received well. How are they doing seven days later, though?
There is no doubt: GT3 is the king of the hill in Assetto Corsa Competizione. The class is not just popular in real life, as the focus of ACC shows. Other major racing sims feature them as well, with their popularity hardly seeming to fade.
That and the memories of the GT4 DLC had us wondering whether or not the ACC GT2 cars might face the same fate as the cars of the former. While the GT4 vehicles were also received well, they quickly seemed to fall out of fashion for the majority of sim racers. With the more powerful and less aero-reliant GT2 cars, this would surely not happen, right?
ACC GT2 Cars: Wait For Evenings In Europe
Well, not quite. Competition platforms such as Low Fuel Motorsport or The SimGrid have incorporated the new class into their schedules. But just a week after release, an afternoon search (on CET, that is) for a public server will only net you a handful of GT2 lobbies, as in single digits. However, things change towards the evening, with pure GT2 servers being present much more frequently, even if not overwhelmingly so.
Meanwhile, the number of mixed servers is significantly higher. When joining these servers, you can find varying numbers of GT2 drivers, though the GT3 category still has the upper hand quite obviously. After all, that is what most sim racers play Assetto Corsa Competizione for. Still, all things considered, the ACC GT2 cars are not doing bad a week after release, even though the hype for them may have decreased now.
Could their popularity increase again later, though? It might well be possible. The Nürburgring-Nordschleife is going to be added to the game soon. And the Green Hell is known for its multi-class events with a vast array of different cars. Maybe the hype around the track, which is undoubtedly going to reach new heights, revives interest in classes other than GT3. That could also see the TCX, Porsche Cup, Ferrari Challenge and Super Trofeo classes come alive again.
Red Bull Ring Proves Popular
Meanwhile, the Red Bull Ring, which is also part of the DLC, is a much more common online sight than the ACC GT2 cars. The community was hoping for a new track, and the locations have better longevity anyway. Plus, the track is simple to learn, although hard to master, so it should be satisfying to drive for both beginners and seasoned sim racing veterans.
Of course, it is hard to tell what is going on regarding the ACC GT2 cars in private leagues and events. But usually, public servers tend to be a decent way to gauge popularity of certain content – and it is safe to say that the Red Bull Ring is appreciated on a broader scale than the new cars.
Whether or not this popularity is here to stay remains to be seen. Once the Nordschleife drops, however, that is highly likely to dominate the world of ACC lobbies for a while.
What is your opinion on the ACC GT2 cars a week after release? Have you tried all of them? Let us know on Twitter @OverTake_gg or in the comments below!