While released April 1st, Reiza Studios has TECHNICALLY released their March Development Update! In this, they cover some of the enhancements coming to Automobiista in their version 1.35 update, which was released last week, and beyond.
One of the interesting new things with the version 1.35 update is the enhancement of the time trial system. Reiza Studios is teaming with Virtual Xperience for their ranking system, and will be offering prizes for competitors!
We have recently introduced a new TT Rank via VX for users participating in the TT leaderboards. This is basically how that works:
- Rank Points are calculated using the position of each driver´s best lap in every series irrespective of track user – the important thing is to register at least one lap with each individual series in the sim.
- If driver has not registered a lap in any one given vehicle, they are attributed a penalty position (one place higher than the current largest leaderboard in VX)
- The higher the driver´s points tally, the better his ranking.
- Full details of laps counted towards a drivers ranking (and penalties applied) are listed on the driver´s profiles.
We strongly recommend users to work on putting together their complete TT Rank – we´ll be offering a few things in the coming months which will surely make it worth your while, and not only for the top guys!
Further news on the VX front is that our regular “Time Trial of the Week” fun challenge will be evolving into a full-blown official prize-awarding competition covering 12 weeks, starting April 9th – keep an eye out for the official announcement sometime next week!
Another cool function is the ability to fetch setups. You can obtain the setup of other drivers, as run in their fastest lap in the time trial.
The March Development Update also covers the upcoming version 1.4. Reiza is planning on a lot of new enhancements, including:
- Custom Championship Builder
- AI Enhancements will start in version 1.4, and will continue through 1.5 and beyond
- Steam Achievements will be added in version 1.4!
- Added support for the Fanatec CSL Elite wheel and Logitech G29/G920 will be coming soon, may not make it into 1.4
Another enhancement that warrants more than a couple sentences is sound enhancements. Reiza, via Domagoj Lovric, have made significant gains in the sound fidelity:
One of the results from these changes is that we´ll be able to reduce audio samples from the currently huge 16bit / 96kHz WAVs to much smaller 44.1kHz rates. This yields a number of benefits, including smaller RAM usage due to audio samples being considerably smaller size, smaller game footprint on disk and potentially fixing some audio related stutters and glitches.
As a visual reference, the images below show a comparison with the introduction of the new filters. First image the filter is OFF – notice these dotted sweeping lines (almost looks like fireworks of noise) above thick line in the bottom:
Now with filter ON, there is much less dotted lines or “noise”:
The real proof of course is in the pudding – below you can check a preview of how all these developments sound in-game:
Last but not least, two content updates were included in the March Development Update: a 2017-spec Formula 1-type car, and Hockenheimring!
First off, we have the new open wheeler, modeled off of this season’s new Formula One cars! The car also will introduce some new physics models in the sim, namely Turbo and ERS. That’s right, Reiza’s tweaked the game engine to accurately model Turbo and ERS! They will also retrofit both physics engines into previous cars as well! Sadly, this is NOT going to be in the version 1.4 update, but this is definitely exciting!
The track teased in this update is the legendary Hockenheimring, a staple over the years in the F1 calendar. First up, the version 1.4 update will bring the 2016 and 2001 versions of the track. After that, you can expect the 1972 and 1988 versions to come as well.
The version 1.4 update for Automobilista is slated for release “By the end of April”, and it has pretty exciting stuff! What are your thoughts on the March Development Update, and the new things coming? Let us know!