Published on December 21st, 2011 | by Alisdair0
rFactor 2 – Track Update
Image Space Incorporated’s Scott Juliano has posted an interesting track update article on the ISI forums. Scott discusses many things in his update which is said to be the last before Christmas.
In the update Scott discusses how the older tracks such as Mills Metro Park has been given a dramatic uplift in rFactor 2 compared with Toban which is said to come back looking the same if not worse due to real life situations.
He also discusses how they expect after the release of rFactor 2 a quick flow of track conversions, good news for those players who wish to race on the old favourite tracks from rFactor. Scott also discusses a little about the key feature to rFactor 2 the component/mod system.
Check out the article below
…since I last had time to post any updates. As I hope you can understand, it has been a rather hectic, crazy time. So, without further introduction…
As you all have seen by now, Monte Carlo was the “monster of a track” I mentioned previously. While in scale it’s not that big, the shear amount of art that it took to create it was staggering. This is the second time I’ve done MC (first time was done in only a couple of months and was a rush job), and I honestly never want to build it again. Luc and I are still recovering from it That said, it makes use of all the techniques we have developed and refined to date for building tracks with such a small environment team. It sets the standard for any tracks we build from here out for release and the updates beyond. It also pointed out some other little flaws in our technique, which we’ve already applied to the track we’re currently working on.
It’s funny, in a way I wish we could re-do all the tracks prior to this one. While I think all our current tracks look great as-is, some of the earliest-built ones do suffer a bit from having been updated over and over while engine and game features were being developed and refined. But that’s okay–we have a lot of great stuff coming up. Things are much more stable now and we can really play to our strengths…
We had started an update for Toban, and it was progressing nicely, BUT, we had to set that aside for a bit to work on another track to go along with a new car license we have. This will be an addition to the beta build of the historic open-wheel mod, and we wanted a track to go along with this new car.
After that we should be able to complete the Toban update. The “new” Toban will be different to the new Mills. Where the owners of Mills had money to upgrade the track, garage and grandstands, Toban has only gotten 6 years older with very little upkeep. So, visually it will have a much different look.
Beyond that, we are at varying stages of licensing deals and will have a WIDE range of new racing series and tracks to go with. Plus, as you all have seen, we’re keen to get point-to-point working with proper ladder-type scoring. We’re still eager to expand dirt racing as well. All of this will help rF2 continue to grow and expand in many new directions long after release.
Even between the time we release the first Beta to the first “Gold” release, we will be updating not only the series you’ll soon see, but adding new series as they reach a more final state. We have many close to this stage–rFTrainers, FISI, Clios, karts as well as a few others. There will be a lot coming to keep you busy.
Finally, we will be offering support to modders with regards to cars and tracks. We’ll still have our hands full with new content as well as fixes, but we have a few documents lined up, as well as some forum support to get you all started.
I expect a slew of quick rF1 track conversions to “hit the shelves” VERY quickly. While a track from rF1 won’t be drag and drop and a bit more work is required to get them to use the newer track features, it is easy to get a basic conversion up and running–just re-export the original assets using the new exporter, and package them up into a new track component.
The new component/mod system seems a bit restrictive at first. But, I can honestly say that once you learn to work in a more organized fashion it will be just as easy to add content to rF2 as it was for rF1–even more so because you won’t have all the mismatch madness to contend with. I think league admins will also have an easier time in the long run as they’ll be able to keep their drivers more organized. I have a tutorial doc ready to go that will hopefully help ease the learning process for the new system…
In any case, this will probably be the last update before the holidays. Happy Holidays to all who celebrate, no matter how or what you celebrate. We’ll be seeing you all online at the track very soon. Not long to go now–thanks for your patience through this long development.