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Studio 397 To Take Over rFactor 2 Development

Image Space Incorporated has joined forces with Dutch software group Luminis to create a new development studio that will continue to develop rFactor 2.

One of sim racing’s major cornerstone titles is undergoing a massive change these days as Image Space Incorporated has joined forces with Dutch software group Luminis to create a new development studio that will continue to develop rFactor 2.

The result of this co-operation is Studio 397 (named after the most-run laps in the Le Mans 24 Hours race – 397) which will now continue to develop rFactor 2 while ISI will be freed up to continue their work on a new title internally-nicknamed “not rF3”.

rFactor 2’s development will continue in Studio 397’s headquarters in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, as the new outfit has some ambitious plans, hoping to address some of the issues that have kept rFactor 2 down in recent years. While rFactor 2 has some strong features such as solid netcode, dynamic time of day & weather as well as a sophisticated tire model, the title has been held by by infrequent content releases and and a somewhat aging graphics engine among other much-discussed issues.

Studio 397 will be addressing many of these pressing issues as a Direct 11-equipped graphics engine and virtual reality support for both Oculus Rift & HTC Vive are among the first things on the agenda. Furthermore, the studio is also planning on introducing a new HTML-based user interface and more frequent official content releases.

Last but not least, the new company is also overhauling the title’s branding as a new logo which you can see above has been unveiled.

Gjon Camaj, Vice President of Image Space Incorporated:

“We at ISI are very pleased to have found a partner that shares our enthusiasm and vision for the continued growth of rFactor 2. We look forward to working with Luminis to expand the reach of rFactor 2 both in Europe and beyond. After having worked with Luminis for some time and seeing their passion for motorsport simulation, this partnership was a natural next step. By leveraging each of our company’s individual strengths, we will be better able to serve our current customers and further expand our reach into the world of motorsports”.
Marcel Offermans, Luminis Fellow and Managing Director of Studio 397:
“I’m really excited by the opportunities that our partnership with ISI offers; rFactor 2 represents the best of breed, stable simulator platform in the industry. Online simracing has been my longtime personal passion, so the opportunity to combine my passion with my business feels like a great privilege. By infusing the platform with some of our own technology we see great opportunities to accelerate development in general and specifically in the areas of competitions and training”.

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