Assetto Corsa Competizione is going to be one of the highlights of 2018 for Sim Racing, with many Sim Racers eagerly awaiting their first opportunity to get their hands on Kunos Simulazioni’s upcoming Sim. While there is plenty of excitement for the upcoming title, there are still many questions that need to be answered. One that is first and foremost is “Is Assetto Corsa Competizione going to take the place of ‘Assetto Corsa 2’?” I think, based off of past experiences, Assetto Corsa Competizione is NOT going to be a full sequel, and Assetto Corsa 2 will likely be coming in a couple years, maybe around 2020 or 2021.
Please note that this is just SPECULATION, I have no insider knowledge on what is going on, and there is a very legitimate chance that I am going to be totally wrong with my guess. So, take all that I am talking about with a grain of salt, and let’s get to speculating!
So, let’s talk about why I think that I think Assetto Corsa Competizione will be a “intermediate title”, and we’ll see a larger “Assetto Corsa 2” coming in the future. One of the main reasons I think this could be the case is, it’s simply smart business. If you think about the recent developments regarding Kunos Simulazioni, it would make sense for their new owners to plan a developer’s path for multiples titles in the future. I believe that Digital Bros would not have bought Kunos to plan out only ONE title in the future. They’d likely already have two titles planned for Kunos, and Competizione would be the first title to come from this new relationship.
My next reason for why Kunos may be going for a “Stop-Gap” title, is that they may be going for what I call the “Gran Turismo Effect”. If you remember, in the past, Polyphony Digital would release “Previews” between the release of major titles in the Gran Turismo series. The last time Polyphony Digital did that was with Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, which somewhat served as a tech demo for Polyphony Digital’s new engine, bringing the series to the Playstation 3.
There are a few reasons why I believe that Kunos could be adopting this mentality for Assetto Corsa Competizione. The main reason? This is something that they have actually done before. In between NetKar Pro and Assetto Corsa, Kunos teamed up with Ferrari, and released Ferrari Virtual Academy, which served as a tech demo of sorts for the upcoming engine they had in development. In addition, the release of Ferrari Virtual Academy ALSO came with an Assetto Corsa tech demo, which was an early sneak peek of their upcoming title.
With Assetto Corsa Competizione, we are seeing a migration to a new engine, in the form of Unreal Engine 4. While early visual impressions are very positive, there is still no precedence in the way of a racing simulation title utilizing Unreal Engine. That would mean Kunos has to learn how to fully take advantage of Unreal Engine to make a simulation racing title to the caliber that we have come to expect from them.
I think it would be perfectly within reason to have Kunos release a smaller title, to be able to focus on taking advantage of the game engine, and also focus on racing elements, such as physics, racing rules, and simulation of the virtual world. Once Kunos has proven that they can create a high fidelity racing simulation with Unreal Engine 4, I believe they could shift over to Assetto Corsa 2.
The last reason I believe that Assetto Corsa Competizione will be a predecessor to Assetto Corsa 2 is that Assetto Corsa 2 would likely bring in more demographics. With Assetto Corsa Competizione specializing in only GT3 racing, it feels like Kunos is handcuffing themselves a bit, and alienating some of the communities that helped make Assetto Corsa so great.
Kunos Simulazioni announced that modding will not be officially supported in the upcoming title, which will likely disappoint a lot of the original Assetto Corsa’s user base. With Assetto Corsa Competizione, I believe Kunos’ focus is more towards setting up the engine and the features, and then maybe in Assetto Corsa 2, we will see support for third party content from the community.
Assetto Corsa 2 could also bring some great opportunities for a racing environment. We know Assetto Corsa Competizione will feature support for endurance races and driver swaps. Imagine if Kunos could get Le Mans in Assetto Corsa 2, with a WEC roster. You could simulate a 24 Hours of Le Mans event, complete with day/night transitions AND weather. Now THAT would be exciting!
Now again, this is just speculation on my end, and I could be wrong. For all we know, Kunos Simulazioni could just add great post-release content, like Le Mans, WTCC, and other series to add to the previously established GT3 content. However, in my opinion, it would make more sense logically to create Assetto Corsa 2 a couple years after Competizione.
What are your thoughts? Do you think that we can expect an Assetto Corsa 2 within the next 5 years? Let us know in the comments!