In my brief time as a dedicated simulator racing fan, i’ve experienced a handful of game launches and to be honest i have mostly been masively let down. This, i suspect might be because i had too high expectations, or because the developers took entirely different decisions than i and a big part of the racers i know, would have wanted. On top of that, the games often did not feel finished or completed. A few of them eventually got it right, and continue to improve on a platform that should originally have included most of the fixes delivered through patches.
These games have originally sounded like the next wander in racing games, right up to their launch (some have even started crumbling, while in early access or preview mode). They have not been able to live up to either their own expectations or the skill of their promotion department, setting the public expectations way higher than the developer could deliver.
That said, and being optimistic, I am still very posotive about the announcement of the new Assetto Corsa Competizione, albait a bit more reserved, due to earlier experiences with game launches. I am sure that Kunos Simulazioni and 505 Games will do a good job with this, especially with the experience they have recieved this far.
Looking at the 3½ developers that i have had my hands on, i think that 505 and Kunos are the ones who have taken in feedback best, and reacted acordingly. There is a huge gap between what the comunity of sim racers want, and what we get, but they have come the closest.
Focus on what matters and focus on a completing the job before launch
My only wish for the future Competizione version on Assetto Corsa is that they don’t get tempted into the mistakes done by their competition. That is, mainly to focus so much on point of sale aspects, that they affect the actual performance of the game. We don’t need animated crowds with individual personalities and hairstyles, if it affects the performance of the game. We don’t need fireworks, baloons and correct flora on each track, if this affects the stability of the game. Yes it makes it easyer to sell the game, but in the long run, racers will stick with the game that works best.
The other point that i wish Assetto Corsa will focus on, is to deliver a complete and tested game that works out of the box. You can’t avoind patches, and it would be a waste not to use the ability to improve on a good game. There is a big difference from that though, and to using patches to fix issues that should have been spotted and corrected before launch.
I very much look forward to the launch of the new Assetto Corsa and although i initially won’t be able to race in it I do hope and with for it all the best. There is a sense in the air, of a game that eventually sweeps all competition off the table, and it could as well be Assetto Corsa, if they play their cards right.