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rFactor 2 – More Open Beta Infos

Image Space Incorporated has released some new info bits on rFactor 2’s open beta.

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:

  • Single Player
  • Multi Player
  • Developer mode
  • Development Tools
  • What Documentation we have for those tools to date (in the WIP state)
  • Rain
  • 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.

  • Anonymous

    liking the refund option

    so 6 months before full release

    guess full version is around August.31st when rf1 was released

    also Scott confirmed beta is coming early January probably first week

  • Anonymous

    To be willing to offer a full refund tells me they are confident in their product. Good sign IMO.

    • Timothy Wheatley

      Actually it’s more to do with the fact that a lot of people seem to have no comprehension of what beta software is.

      • Anonymous

        Beta software is a feature complete software product that only needs further polish, balancing,ย  bug fixing or speed optimizations. What you’ll be selling (at least according to statements like “Some of the features are not fully complete…”) in an alpha version.

      • Laurent Cortier

        An alpha is much earlier in the development process, when the feature list is not even finished.

        This is going to be rightfully named a beta, ready for user testing and polishing.ย 

        You like to play with words, heh ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Anonymous

        No. I’m just stating facts. Software release cycles are well known, it’s not my fault that even seasoned developers like ISI can’t use them correctly. (Oh and BTW, an alpha version always ends with a feature freeze, which is clearly not the case here, since the feature development process still continues and will continue for quite some time.)

      • Laurent Cortier

        Nothing is your fault, relax mate… (lots of ego in that one, hummm?)

        Don’t get so uptight about words, so what if ISI doesn’t do cycles like others do ? It’s limiting to speak in terms of alpha/beta and version numbers, this shit is only useful when you want to bill your work and/or work with big dev teams, and I believe ISI is far beyond billing their time (also they’re a very small dev team.)

        All in all, a beta is for user testing, and I much prefer ISI not to freeze too many features as they could be adding still more amazing stuff in the meantime.


      • Olivier Prenten

        A beta version of rF2 is a rough diamond, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Anonymous

    Hello my name is Dick and I just got bigger!

    • Firefox



    Gentlemen from the ISI, you should have data on the orbit of film production and comedy genres!

  • Alistair Heeley

    Any time before the 9th January when I have to return to work would be fine!

    • Paul Mullins

      Same here Alistair…!!

      Seems I might have to ring the boss and tell him I ‘need’ an extra week off due to unforeseen circumstances ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Konrad Czaczyk

    Sounds good, but I have just one issue. The fact that even though “early January” has been announced, it doesn’t mean that it will actually come early January. Many times, betas may look ready to be released, and then a few days before release, a flaw shows its face and they have to delay it again. I don’t think delaying it is the way to go, I think you release what you have the day you say you would release it, and then patch it as it goes on (this doesn’t apply to the finished product though). Its just a BETA, Betas have flaws, thats a well known fact, therefore no one should expect anything spectacular anyway.

    As much as I wish it were released already, the logical thinking side of my brain doesn’t think it’ll be released till February. Still, I really hope ISI prove me wrong!

    • Justin Schmidt

      no date given. just possible time frame.

    • Timothy Wheatley

      Yes, it is possible, infact that’s what Scott and the item above said. Early Jan, depending on the testing.

      • Konrad Czaczyk

        Yes, that is what he said, however didn’t you guys say something about it probably being released in 2011 too? I’m not saying anything bad, I really hope it’ll be released soon, but I’m saying given the past, it doesn’t look likely from an outsiders view. And “possible” isn’t the most reassuring word ๐Ÿ˜‰

        But thanks for that, I’m glad you guys are really starting to participate in discussions with your fans. I mean, you always have, but recently I’ve seen a greater number of posts by you, which I think is important for any developer, and ISI seems to be the best at it!

      • Timothy Wheatley

        Yeah, I said that. Wasn’t very far off, just one digit most likely. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Derek Speare

        Did you just say that? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Paul Mullins

      Konrad – I think MOST people would rather a stable, Beta version be released a few days later than a buggy program that is going to require patches a few day later.

      • noro ardanto

        patches few days later for meย  ..the waiting is killing me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Konrad Czaczyk

    And heres a question I haven’t seen answered yet, will we be able to mod the beta???

    • Justin Schmidt

      developement tools are in there so most likely yes.ย 

    • Timothy Wheatley

      Yes, that’s what the beta is being released for.

      • Konrad Czaczyk

        Thanks, thats what I thought, just wanted to be sure.

      • vitor silva

        hi there sorry to ask this here but im realy interested in the tools and the beta, but more in the ย modding part , the problem is that right now i only have a computer to work with a nvidia quadro so i cant play games, my questions is , any of the tools can give me a preview of my modding models ? or i really need to see in in game? thxs for replyย 

  • Anonymous

    Great news, rFactor’s back !ย 
    RainWet/Dry track transitionDynamic track elements (Groove/Marbles)New Tire ModelNew physicsNew Collision

  • Anonymous

    Will there be some form of rally(cross) in the future? I mean, does the RF2 physics engine support surfaces other than asphalt?

    • Borut Verbancic

      Probably, in the future.ย 
      Scott Juliano: “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.”

  • Borut Verbancic
    • Philip Antonia

      Thanks Borut :).

      I just read it and now I’m chomping at the bit to drive rF2 ;).

      • Borut Verbancic

        Lol, i think we all “studying” now, how to make the time run faster ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ricoo

      In this preview rFactor 2 looks very promising. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Paul Mullins

    Just wondering if anyone knows if the Beta supports triple monitor setups..!!??

  • jono

    Looks like all the PP and special eye candy graphics effects wont be in
    this first beta? Anyways the feature list is very appealing. Will
    rfactor 2 have live pit crews? im pretty sure ISI once said they will
    include it as well as dynamic weather effects and new tyre physics as
    its main features?

  • noro ardanto

    really appreciate the refund option, although I don’t think I will need it. rF2 beta review from auto sim sport magz convinced me more about this.

    • Laurent Cortier

      The beta review in ASS mag was indeed mouth watering ! Can’t wait to test it !

  • Anonymous

    I knew being positive was the right way for me to go.
    Gfx aren’t even finalised and a full refund for those that don’t like it.

    What a way to kick off the new year!

  • Anonymous

    The only thing missing from rFactor was weather and the dodgy menu system, now that’s in, rFactor 2 is a must buy for me.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t have much hope for graphics but let us see, it can’t look worst than beta footage anyways

  • Dan Abbitt

    Just a thought, have we heard if rFactor 2 allows customisable qualifying structures? I.e. F1 / DTM style shootout system?

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