The Open Beta release of rFactor 2 is quickly closing in and to shorten the remaining waiting time, ISI has released some new details on what’s included in the beta.
While the beta comes with limited content (as outlined here), there’s no shortage of features as ISI’s Scott Juliano has confirmed the following features to be available in the beta:[listfeature]
- Single Player
- Multi Player
- Developer mode
- Development Tools
- What Documentation we have for those tools to date (in the WIP state)
- Wet/Dry track transition
- Dynamic track elements (Groove/Marbles)
- New Tire Model
- New physics
- New Collision
- HDR (with other Post FX to come)
- Access to beta updates and new/updated content as they become available
Some of the features are not fully complete, hence the beta status. ISI expects the beta phase to last around six months, that’s why beta users will be receiving an additional six months of online account service to make sure they don’t use up their 12 months before regular customers come in.
Interestingly, ISI is willing to offer a refund to beta users who are unhappy with what they’re receiving, lowering the risk for sim racers interested in giving the beta a shot.
In terms of the all-important “when?” question, ISI has once again stated that all depends on the successful testing of the release candidate. According to Scott Juliano, “early January” would be a realistic time frame so sim racers should stop holding their breath waiting for the beta to become available within the hour – It’s still a few days away.
Users who want to be prepared for the upcoming release can already download the first rFactor 2 content packs here.
Update: In related news, AutoSimSport have released their review of the rFactor 2 beta here.