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rFactor 2 – Open Beta Content Revealed

Image Space Incorporated has revealed the content of the upcoming rFactor 2 open beta.

Back in November, Image Space Incorporated announced the pricing of their upcoming rFactor 2 simulation, also announcing an open-beta period for interested customers.

The open beta is due to start later this year and will give rFactor 2 buyers access to an early, content-limited, version of rFactor 2.

The open beta will require a full purchase of rFactor 2 for $43.99, as thank you for participating beta users will be receiving 18 months of online account membership instead of the 12 months included in the retail version.

The open beta version will give users the chance to sample three different cars and six tracks, including both historic and current racing content:

Historic

  • 1 licensed 1966 F1 car, with generic fillers.
  • 3 tracks: Spa, Monaco, and another.

Current

  •  Renault Megane, Formula Renault 3.5
  •  3 tracks (most likely), Malaysia, Portugal, Mills.

The inclusion of the historic Monaco and Spa Francorchamps layouts means that two of rFactor 2’s most anticipated content items will help shorten the waiting time for the retail release.

Even though the officially-licensed F1 car hasn’t been revealed yet, ISI has released two sneak peeks in their forum you can see below, revealing the car to be the Brabham BT20.

A start date for the open beta hasn’t been announced yet, it’s likely to launch in the remaining days of 2011 though.

  • http://twitter.com/StarFoXySxv550 StarFoXySxv550

    Whoa, those preview images look super impressive, regardless of how they’re rendered

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1711429307 Chris Wright

    Christmas present to self just sorted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrisblondel Christophe Blondel

    Like Like Like!!!

  • Charlie P

    Gimmeee, Gimmeee,
    Gimmeee!!!  Cant wait.  Keep it up people.  You’re doing great 🙂

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Garrett/100001190916179 Jason Garrett

    Woohoo!

  • Anonymous

    Do I get Credit fir this lol

    • Andy Bee

      might be old news to you but it’s news to me and nice not to see so much CARS news on VirtualR 😉

  • Celço Bento

    I just wanna see if rf2 will be available in 2011 … im waiting since 2010…

  • Anonymous

    woot!

  • Anonymous

    Can I become a beta tester? There is no patience to wait. I’m waiting for it for 3 years and he still does not appear.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Garrett/100001190916179 Jason Garrett

      Why is this so difficult to understand? Don’t think of it as paying for the beta version, think of it as paying to pre-order the full version, and getting a free demo and extra 6 months subscription for doing the pre-order.

      • Anonymous

        Personally, I do not want to buy something I can not try. Would besplano at least one car and one track. Prospective buyers to decide to buy it or not your sim. In any case, the first version is called Beta. So it should be free.

        08 декабря 2011, 09:35 от “Disqus” :

        Jason Garrett wrote, in response to Varazdat:
        Why is this so difficult to understand? Don’t think of it as paying for the beta version, think of it as paying to pre-order the full version, and getting a free demo and extra 6 months subscription for doing the pre-order. Link to comment

      • http://www.facebook.com/laurent.cortier Laurent Cortier

        Then wait for a friend who trusts ISI enough to buy blindly the most expected racing simulation of all times, then buy it anyway…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJ3BAGWB6PMBLOJZCP5AZFVMIA Mark

    $44 for 3 cars a 6 tracks? I DON’T THINK SO! Is this some kind of joke?

    • Michael Gribble

      No need to panic, that’s just for the beta.  When the game is released, it will have much more content than that.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJ3BAGWB6PMBLOJZCP5AZFVMIA Mark

        I realize that Michael but I just can’t see putting my money up front on a game thats been in the works for along time now and there’s very little to show for it. And what I’ve seen to this point doesn’t impress in any way. With that said, they want you to put your full money up front on an beta form of a game. If that works for you fine, but it doesn’t for me. Now on the other hand if they offered it at 25-50% off the retail price then I might think about it differently.

      • http://www.facebook.com/SooSiaal Gerrit Soos de Vries

         God….you say you understand the deal here, but really you do not.
        You pre-order the friggin’ game, YOU DON’T PAY FOR THE BETA….the beta is more like a “thank you for pre-ordering this game, have some fun with the current content”

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJ3BAGWB6PMBLOJZCP5AZFVMIA Mark

        WTF, The beta is what your getting NOW! AND that includes the full game when it comes out,+ 18months of on line play. I GET IT!!!!!! But what some of you don’t get is …………. IT”S NOT WORTH IT TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If that’s all it take for you jump in a buy this game, go for it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/laurent.cortier Laurent Cortier

        And what you don’t get, is we don’t give the slightest shit about what you think… We don’t know you, why should we care you think it’s not worth it to you ???

        Grow up, troll.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJ3BAGWB6PMBLOJZCP5AZFVMIA Mark

        and now there’s another one……………..lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/SooSiaal Gerrit Soos de Vries

         Who says I’m instantly buying it? Ohyeah you.
        “$44 for 3 cars a 6 tracks? I DON’T THINK SO! Is this some kind of joke?”
        Thats what you said, we all made it clear that that is not what you pay for, now your saying rfactor2 is not worth the full price?
        Make up your mind or try and think out what you actually want to write down. Saves alot of confusion and such…

      • A Techwaret

        Plonker! WTF don’t you leave this forum them?

      • http://www.facebook.com/steve30x Steve Farrell

        @ Gerrit Soos de Vries : Yes you are paying for the beta. Otherwise it would be open to everybody that didnt pay full whack for the game.

      • http://www.facebook.com/SooSiaal Gerrit Soos de Vries

        a beta is a beta…theres no written law that says a beta should be open to all, their own decision what they do with the beta version really

    • Anonymous

      I suppose it would be nice if ISI did this like Minecraft and had the price raise over time. I don’t know what to feel about the 6 months of extra subscription for being an early buyer, it’s time vs money. But I can touch money.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Garrett/100001190916179 Jason Garrett

      Did you read the article? I DONT THINK SO!

      Very verrrrrrrryyyyy simple, you pay $44 now for the full game, until it is released you can play the content-limited beta version and give your feedback on compatibility issues or any suggestions you may have.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJ3BAGWB6PMBLOJZCP5AZFVMIA Mark

        Ya Jason I know what it says!!!!! YES I read the article!!!!!! And my reply to it is simple, I DON’T THINK SO!!!!!!!! You don’t have to agree with me and that’s fine. But thanks anyways for thinking your were some how explaining it to me clearer than it was originally writen!

      • http://www.facebook.com/laurent.cortier Laurent Cortier

        It’s not you don’t think so, it’s just you don’t think at all 😀

        Don’t feed the troll people, don’t you get it ?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJ3BAGWB6PMBLOJZCP5AZFVMIA Mark

        obviously you don’t!

    • Anonymous

      44 bucks is nothing for a game which we’ll be playing for the next 6 years. the 3 cars and 6 tracks is OBVIOUSLY just for the beta. quit your whining. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJ3BAGWB6PMBLOJZCP5AZFVMIA Mark

        No Thank You! I’ll wait before I spend my money on this one. With GT3 and CARS just around the corner I’m in no hurry to spend my money on a overdelayed, promised, outdated sim!

    • Anonymous

      God gave you EYES
      use them and READ !!!
      before posting such rubbish

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJ3BAGWB6PMBLOJZCP5AZFVMIA Mark

        Ya I read it and my response is to what was writen! Just because you don’t agree with me doesn’t give you the right to insinuate that I didn’t read the article Fanboy! By the way nice picture of ya! Mouth wide open but yet nothing much is coming out!

      • Anonymous

        thank you fot the fanboy,
        maybe I am the oldest fanboy in the internet….
        and be careful by judging my person in relation of my avatar
        God gave you eyes, he can take them also….

      • http://www.facebook.com/laurent.cortier Laurent Cortier

        He’s trolling, but at least he doesn’t impose us his imaginary friend in the clouds…

  • Anonymous

    If it wasn’t for this ‘beta’ snack, many would have probably wigged out to have read the news of, “No 2011 release, but mid 2012 a probability.”.

  • John G. Hill

    I can tell you what the other track is from what I can see in the preview.  It’s Spa, as it used to be.  If it’s really the old track, then it’s going to be a lot longer than the current one.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Jim.Cassi Jim Slimjim Cassi

      they already said Spa is in the list.. the 3 historic tracks are Spa, Monaco, and another…lol

      • John G. Hill

        oops 🙂

  • http://www.facebook.com/jcruze88 Justin ForzaBarça Cruze

    Cant wait to try Spa with that F1 car 🙂

  • scoldan

    online membership account

    what is this joke we must pay for playing online?

    • Anonymous

      Its called a business. Businesses like making money. I have paid for online racing for a while now with R2P and iRacing and have no regrets,

  • Anonymous

    So ISI want us to pay full game price for a beta, and basically find bugs for them..
    My question to ISI is, when does the online subscription start, when you release the full game or while we beta test for you?. If fits the latter, thats a bit on the nose.

    • http://twitter.com/bokuwahmz Ahmad

      You’re pre-ordering. For your pre-order, you will get exclusive access to a beta. Many games do this.

      • Anonymous

        Indeed, this is a beta, not a demo.

    • http://twitter.com/jeremymmiller Jeremy Miller

      Currently, subscription starts at time of purchase. I not aware of any plans to change this.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Jim.Cassi Jim Slimjim Cassi

        maybe if we wait until 1 month or 1 week before release, we will get the full use of our 18 months.?..why a beta release, isn’t your beta team doing the job.?
        and why use up our subscription time on a beta.?  i’m with HemiR on this one.

  • fred joseph

    Nope, not a joke.

    Serious simulations do that nowadays 🙂

  • scoldan

    if i must pay for playing online  i don’t play bye bye ISI

  • http://twitter.com/chrisfrays Christian Frays

    *instant buy! The Price is fair if you get 18 months of online account membership. The best is, you can drive it around Christmas. Sounds awesome! Cant wait to see the Tires working!! @rfactor2

  • scoldan

    if I prefer to pay to pay for car’s rfactor2 is already outdated because technically dx9 beurk

    • http://www.facebook.com/jcruze88 Justin ForzaBarça Cruze

      Ok, if you dont like rfactor2’s graphics thats fine.
      But the reason rf2 looks the way it does is not because its running dx9.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jim.Cassi Jim Slimjim Cassi

    when does the 18 months start, when you get the beta, or when rF2 is released.?
    what happens if we have the beta for 6 months, and the clock it ticking?  you get the same amount of time as people that waited for the release, 12 months…. to be fair the time shouldn’t start until the release of rF2..

    • Anonymous

      Yes this is an important point. I would assume its 18months from when rF2 is released from and the beta doesn’t count. Can ISI please clarify this?

      • http://www.facebook.com/laurent.cortier Laurent Cortier

        A clarification would be nice, but it only makes sense to start the 18 months from the release, and ISI is a no non-sense company, I believe. They’re not in it for the money like big distributors, if they make a paying beta, it’s because they need the cash to further develop, not to get holidays on the beach like EA and the others !

    • http://twitter.com/jeremymmiller Jeremy Miller

      Subscription starts at time of purchase

  • http://www.facebook.com/alistairheeley Alistair Heeley

    Yes! The best Christmas present I could possibly have hoped for!

    I’m struggling to understand the people still complaining about the cost.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Samuel-Korthof/100001700529856 Samuel Korthof

    For sure I will buy this instantly but I get a GT5-ish release date issue feeling with RF2. It probably will be launched after christmas. I think March maybe April or something…

    • Juhan Voolaid

      It is hard to top rf2-ish release date. I still remember …
      “ISI has not announced a definite release date yet, the company is still
      aiming to release their newest title by the end of 2010 though.”

  • Anonymous

    wait for full release $43.99 for
    1 licensed 1966 F1 car, with generic fillers.3 tracks: Spa, Monaco, and another.

    Current

     Renault Megane, Formula Renault 3.5 3 tracks (most likely), Malaysia, Portugal, Mills.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rui-Silva/100001213267853 Rui Silva

    Mark let me guess your a pCars subscriver …
    10 euros for when it first came out and it ONLY had 1 track and 1 car (afaik), didnt see anybody bitching about it … and ppl still bitch about rF2´s price, the $44, wich i see as a bargain, if we take a look at what rF1 became, then they bitch about the yearly sub. and to that i say So Freaking What!! Its a Freaking BUCK a month!!! And if ppl cant make it, well rF2 is the least of theyr problems so whats with all the bitching ???

    • Ricoo

      TWO tracks not one and at least 5 or 7 cars. 😉

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJ3BAGWB6PMBLOJZCP5AZFVMIA Mark

      Yes I’m into pCars because from what I can see it’s going to be something special and next generation gaming ect. unlike what little info. and in game stuff we’re seeing from rF2. I think it’s going to be more like rf1.25 or rF1.5 than rF2. No release date! oh wait a minute, sometime in 2011 qualifies for a release date or at least someone tried to tell us this. And no, beta testing does not qualify as a release! 

       I just feel like they been stringing us along and with the lack of info. they’re releasing makes me cautious and now they want all your money up front. Hey, by all means, go ahead! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve30x Steve Farrell

    How can they call a closed beta an open beta. If we need to buy the game before testing the beta then its a closed beta. I would love to test it before doling out my cash , but I am not going to pay just for a beta and six months extra online that I will never use

    • Anonymous

      No closed beta is only for special members.. its open beta because the public is allowed to buy it and test it before the actual product ‘hit the shelves’.

      Its like going to the BMW factory and paying a small fee to them for you to test their latest model before they start to sell it, instead of just using in-house test-drivers.

      And you dont seem to realize that you dont pay for a beta, you pay for the product as you only have to upgrade the beta to full version when its complete and on top of that you’ll have those six extra months.

      But its good to let us know that you dont need any of this because frankly I wouldnt like to race people like you…

      • http://www.facebook.com/steve30x Steve Farrell

        I would see it as a closed beta because its only for those who pre ordered the game hence for special members only.

        Oh and dont make me cry because you dont want to race people like me. I dont care if you dont like the fact that I am not going to pay for playing a beta. Wether its the full game or that it is upgradeable on full game release it doesnt make any difference. Its still paying ISI to test their game and bug test for them.

  • Richard Hessels

    I hope it takes them at least another year for a full release.

    So everything will be even better.

    • Anonymous

      Ha, ha! What a sense of humour. Thanks. Kind of scares me at the same time :-O

  • Jamie Waters

    Jesus, the bandwagon really caught fire and turned on ISI. 

    They have my £30 either way. rFactor is pretty much the only sim I’ve played consistently for the last 4 years or so. 2 looks to be everything 1 was but prettier, with more features and heightened realism, so all these complaints are somewhat lost on me…

    • Ricoo

      Not £30 but maybe £43.99. Announced priced are for US ONLY… :/

      • http://www.facebook.com/laurent.cortier Laurent Cortier

        Ohhh my god, a 14 pounds difference ??? Then I can’t afford the game, I’m doooooomed.

  • Anonymous

    People bitch about paying full price to get into beta and complain about paying for online play that is only ONE DOLLAR A MONTH? I do agree that paying full price for a beta is ridiculous.  I will probably just wait until the game is finally finish and hear from other reactions.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not so ridiculous if, like me, you know you are going to buy the full rF2 anyway.
      At least this way you get to try it out earlier too and maybe even help spot things that can improve the final build.

      • rui silva

        exactly, and still ppl bitch about with rF2 but not with pCars,when they do eaxctly the same thing, afterall they did give them money to get into the testing ( kinda like ISI is asking u to do … ?!?!?! )  could it be that they are affarid they´r all pretty and shinny grafix game is not up to parr with rF2 and they feel insecure ??( I Think SO ; () )

      • http://www.facebook.com/laurent.cortier Laurent Cortier

        No it’s not the same thing… With pCARS, you can spend 25000€ for a pre-alpha, not a beta like those ISI amateurs 😀

  • Anonymous

    The beta, the price etc… no problem. The paying subscription to play online is a problem to me:
    It’s not the price of it, it’s the fact that Rfactor is relying on talented people that are upgrading their sim for free. And by having some paying subscription to play online it might shorten it’s life and reduce the number of players quite consistently.
    Will modders still have so much enthusiasm about it?
    Well I hope it’s good.

    • Anonymous

      “And by having some paying subscription to play online it might shorten
      it’s life and reduce the number of players quite consistently.”

      That is actually a very good point!

      The positive is that it might lessen the amount of wreckers too though.

  • Anonymous

    LOL If you think paying online is a problem, then go play at iRacing and come back to tell us how much you are paying there. For a buck a month with ISI, I think you can’t beat that price.

    The free days are all disappearing. Get use to it, All games will have a server fee by next year.

    • http://www.facebook.com/steve30x Steve Farrell

      All games? Tell me why so many games are going Free To Play lately then?

    • http://twitter.com/StarFoXySxv550 StarFoXySxv550

      I kind of disagree with “free days are all disappearing”.

      The current trend in PC gaming is “Free to play” just not really in the genre… yet. Whether that trend will catch on or turn into a fad remains to be seen because it’s still in it infancy.

      P.C.A.R.S is set to be free-to-play/micro transactions based right? Or has that changed?

      • Anonymous

        Well I bought a tool pack and I think there will be an upfront charge with pay for add-ons I have around $35.00 USD invested in it so if they make it free to play that will be like a slap in the face to all their investors

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Garrett/100001190916179 Jason Garrett

      I think the cost of iRacing is largely exaggerated unless you are the type who needs to “collect” all the cars and tracks. They run specials all the time for the monthly fees, I’ve been a member for two years and never paid more than $50 for a year. I bought four cars and about 10 tracks, but the majority of those were paid for using the iRacing credits I get just for participating in races.

      Anyways, I fully support online subcription based services as long as they give me a better quality experience than most of the free  services offer.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=24413882 Stuart Becktell

        My issue is I signed up for a membership two years ago, barely used it, but now because I’m a “member” I can’t get the specials other than the year end special that I just missed a few weeks ago. To run a season, its likely I’ll have to buy multiple tracks…and if I’m paying $10 a month for a game, I’m going to feel obligated to play it, which makes it not fun. Coupled with the crap drivers you have in the first few seasons (I was repeatedly taken out, intentionally on a straightaway), and its hard for me to pay so much for a game I won’t enjoy for a while. 

      • Anonymous

        Which series did you run? I found the SRF to be a blast, and it uses nothing but base content.

    • gt3rsr

      One-time payment for DLCs – why not. But, sorry – tell me please – why should I pay for playing online through servers which I run for my own money? This is game which will be kept alive by free mods – and ISI will make money out of it.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, it seems like the difference is with iRacing they run all the servers and provide all the sanctioning, while rFactor is making you pay for the server browser. It’s somewhat similar to XBox Live, in that respect.

  • Anonymous

    Well; I’m in…. can not wait to try and it should help ISI with the on going development burden.  A great way to show support for these guys as well as get to try the game we all want and love! 

    Where do I sign up?  Sounds like a Freaking Awesome Deal….. $$$$

  • Ricoo

    I would like a demo just to test the FFB.

    I don’t mind paying the full game before getting it, but I would hate paying for a game I don’t like the FFB.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC76SPODOMRNL3QTA4T5NMDVRI Dude

      I totally agree. Frankly as much as I like rfactor, even with real feel the FFB is shit compared to most other sims & arcade racers alike. I don’t think it’s right for any developer to charge for a beta, not even CARS, but especially not in this case do I think it’s fair to force people to commit to getting something that may or may not be what someone wants from a new rfactor. If rf2 doesn’t address the issues in the tire physics & force feedback in rf1 than I won’t be buying it

  • http://display.vracing.pl Gniewko Ostrowski

    This is a must! I will get it ASAP … and hope they allow making plugins, then I can make my http://display.vracing.pl work with it! For those who have not seen this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdNjm8xRgRI

  • Simon Roberts

    Im going to be all over this, and GTR3 when that arrives, 2012 will be a great year thats for sure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurent.cortier Laurent Cortier

    So much ego in this hobby, it’s pathetic… Seems like most people care more about what others think about them when they don’t even know each other, than simracing and enjoying it…

    It’s a hobby, people, you’re supposed to HAVE FUN, and that’s all. Please grow up and quit bitching, because that behaviour is getting really indecent. 
    It’s the biggest crisis humanity has ever known, people are dying of hunger all over the planet, and you guys complain about what ? 
    That you feel ripped over by a few passioned people giving all their free time and energy to provide you with a wonderfull piece of software/technology and they dare ask you a few cents a month to play with their servers that they have to maintain like iRacing does ?

    Think. Be decent !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJ3BAGWB6PMBLOJZCP5AZFVMIA Mark

    Easy there Laurent, no need to get your panties all ruffled up!

    • http://www.facebook.com/laurent.cortier Laurent Cortier

      No need ? You seriously need to open your eyes, mate !

  • Anonymous

    ISI is a company I don’t mind spending some money with because I don’t see them as being in any way greedy like some of you may think. I look at it like supporting the Sim Racing Industry as a whole and feel I should do my part so if they’re asking to help with their server costs I have no problem with that.

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