EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was written by Ricardo Claro, also known in the Sim Racing Community as Random Callsign. His channel takes a large focus on the Touge subcommunity, formed from the Third Party Community of Assetto Corsa. I asked him to write some thoughts on Assetto Corsa Competizione, to provide another opinion regarding the upcoming title!
The new Assetto Corsa Competizione was somewhat expected. Information was circulating that Kunos was expanding the team and hiring talented developers to work on something. The last Assetto Corsa update coming with an excellent free DLC also came with hints that it would be possibly, maybe, the last DLC coming out for the title.
With the reveal, it was known that a change of graphical engine was to happen, but that too was somewhat expected, as the community was requesting features such night racing and weather. Both were not possible in the in-house graphics engine without extensive re-work, as disclosed by Stefano Casillo.
But with the reveal, a few pertinent questions arose that were centered in the type of content that AC:C could feature, as the change in Engine and the change of motto to “The Official Blancpain GT Series game” meant more than the sales pitch would suggest.
Assetto Corsa did somewhat democratized sim racing in recent years, in my opinion. The openness of the platform, meant it could be used from anything from GT3 racing to cruising Transfagarasan. Many types of drivers could pick up the title, select specific content and tailor the experience just for them. Assetto Corsa is indeed “Your Racing Simulator”.
The original content, though lacking in content for each class (like tracks as Le Mans for the LMP1 class, or variety of cars for each class, such as more cars for the GT4, GTE, GT3 class or even direct competition for each type of road car), had enough appeal and variety to use only what came in the box in expected or even original ways.
Competizione is a big change from the paradigm that Assetto Corsa established. It’s not “Your Racing Simulator” anymore.
Stefano Casillo, in the official Assetto Corsa Forums, confirmed that AC:C would not have official mod support, not excluding potential modding of the new platform as long as someone found out how to do it. It could be an easy affair, as it could be something time-consuming and unwieldy. I’m more inclined to believe that modding will happen sooner rather than later, however my main gripe with this move is how much the format changes.
From an open platform with quality core content, to a “to-be-confirmed” platform with “GT Series only”, even with the changes that were requested by the community might be too much of a change for one to deal with.
At this moment nothing much is known about this title, its potential and what will *exactly* it will be about. If Assetto Corsa Competizione is changing that much from what Assetto Corsa was, as all is hinting, it might be too much of a change.
Assetto Corsa was more than the sum of it’s parts. The formula gave it a long-term appeal and a surprising depth. Competizione seems that it will be a one trick pony. In a competitive market as Sim Racing is, and what Assetto Corsa fans were used to, the title could be in peril even before it hits Early Access.