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rFactor 2 Online: Public Release Is Here

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After seven weeks of testing on the release candidate servers, rFactor 2 Online has officially left open beta. As the rFactor 2 Online public release is here, we take a look at what this means for a sim that is all the rage at the end of 2023.

rFactor 2 online has taken the sim racing world by storm over the past seven weeks. Dedicated releases of fresh weekly content have seen the platform grow again after many had left the sim. Not only does the service offer sim racers a new view into rFactor 2, but it gives hope that, despite the Motorsport Games drama, Studio 397 are still working hard to deliver on its ambitious rFactor 2 content plan.

rFactor 2 Online UI. Image Credit: Studio 397

rFactor 2 Online Public Release: What It Means For The Future

The main impact of the online build going public should be a significant spike in user numbers, especially in the free-to-play beginner events. Whilst the user base will increase, can the current system retain the impressive numbers? New content and special events will dictate that, as well as consistency regarding regular content updates.

With rF2 Online releasing well before 2024, rFactor 2 may well have a lot of ambitious plans for the new year. With the record-setting player numbers for 2023 achieved back in October, at the start of the release candidate, rFactor 2 continues to go from strength to strength.

Special Events

Heading into next year, the special events are looking exciting. Non-licenced and, potentially, licensed events are scheduled. Whilst other sims have the rights to events such as IMSA’s Daytona 24 Hours, nothing is stopping Studio 397 from recreating the event with the content they have available.

rFactor 2 Online Public Release Tatuus FT-50
Tatuus FT-50

What’s Next For rFactor 2?

We mentioned that rFactor 2 online lacks free up-to-date content. What would you like to see added or improved regarding free content? In our opinion, with ageing content being pushed weekly, rFactor 2’s next logical step would be to revamp and overhaul cars such as the Radical SR3 XX.

The BMW M2 CS, the car given out to players for signing up to the online mode, received a revamp at the start of the release candidate. The Radical and the multiple iterations of the Tatuus junior formula cars are more than likely in the pipeline for a similar treatment.

The week 7 schedule is out with a striking American theme. Tracks that feature include Laguna Seca, Lime Rock Park and the newest addition to the online roster, World Wide Technology Raceway.

Have you had a chance to check out rFactor 2’s new main build online implementation? Let us know how you get on over on X @Overtake_gg or down in the comments below!

Sports Journalism graduate from Solent Southampton University with a burning passion for motorsport. I've been sim racing virtually all my life, I started out with Toca 2 Touring Cars when I was very young and now attempt to compete in the likes of iRacing and Rfactor 2. I graduated University in July, and got married to my beautiful wife Rachel at the end of August.