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Roll On 2013…. A Short Look Back & Ahead

Another year has passed in the world of sim racing as 2013 has just kicked off, time to take a short look back and ahead!

Yep…it’s that time of the year again. As with every new year, I want to take the chance to not just wish all of you a happy and successful 2013 but also take a short moment to look at what’s behind and ahead of us.

This time exactly one year ago, I talked about how rFactor 2, GTR3, Asetto Corsa & Reiza Studios’ Ayrton Senna game are due to come out in 2012. Like with all predictions, I was a tad off as of these sims, only rFactor 2 has (sort of) hit the shelves yet.

Other than that, 2012 was an excellent year for sim racing as Assetto Corsa is shaping up into something great, Project CARS is making progress with every build and Reiza has treated their customers to an extensive free content update for their Game Stock Car title. There have also been great news on the modding front as plenty of great community-made add ons such as Power & Glory have been released in the past 12 months.

Unfortunately there were a few unpleasant stories as well, including the rather shameful circumstances surrounding the release of Auotmaniax’ Porsche Online title and the (possibly related) cancellation of Enduracers’ Porsche Cup Series mod for rFactor. But that can’t spoil what generally was a very positive year for sim racing.

2013 will most likely turn out to be even better with several large titles due to be released, including Assetto Corsa & Project CARS. Meanwhile, iRacing is busy expanding with several high-profile licenses, RaceRoom Racing Experience will go public and plenty of other great stuff will come our way. Hopefully rFactor 2 modding will be kicking into higher gear as well with the title due to go gold in the next 12 months.

I hope you`ll all be back for all the exciting news 2013 will have to offer. I’d like to thank everyone for visiting, sharing, commenting and making VirtualR the place it has become as it goes into its seventh year (no kidding, it really has been this long!).

I also want to voice my gratitude towards VirtualR’s advertisers that allow me to run this site free of in-content advertising in a neutral and unbiased way. Go check out their sites and buy their products – They’re awesome!

Furthermore, special thanks go out to F1Racer who’s tirelessly busy moderating the comment section and keeping this place pleasant for everyone. Speaking of comments, we’ll be reaching 100.000 (!) comments very soon.

Happy 2013 to all of you!

  • Anonymous

    Happy New Year! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Happy New year all.
    Lets have a great 2013.

  • Laurynas Vaitiekunas

    happy new year!!!! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    happy new yr and bring on these titles ^

  • Jason Madigan

    Happy New Year everyone … 2013 shows promise of being an epic sim racing year, lets hope all our sim racing dreams come true with all the great titles due to drop this year 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Happy simyear guys! 2012 was a year of many expectations let’s see wich become reality in 2013!

  • 6e66o

    Happy New Year fellow simracers! I´m sure 2013 will be special 🙂

  • Wally Masterson

    Yes, I’m looking forward to what 2013 will bring sim-wise. I have high hopes for AC, rF2 and pCARS.

  • Lefebvre Alain

    Happy new year and keep up the good work!
    For me, you are “the source” for simracing news…

  • Nathan Robinson

    Happy new year everyone, sadly it will be over before we know it! lol. Im glad im a simracer in these exciting times 🙂

  • Derek Speare

    Happy New Year to All! Be safe and healthy! I’m looking forward to all the sim racing goodness we hope to see in 2013!

  • Chris Wright

    Happy New Year and thanks for a great news service. Virtual R is a daily visit. 2013 promises to be the most memorable year in sim racing for over a decade.

  • vilivili

    Happy new year everybody!

  • Ernie

    Happy New Year to all. This will be a great SimRacing year…. hopefully. 🙂

  • Chima Madujibeya

    Happy new year

  • F1Racer

    Happy and healthy new year to all here at VirtualR !

    Thanks to Montoya for running one of the best sim-racing news sites there is.

  • Juhan Voolaid
    • F1Racer

      Virtual road rage ? 🙂 Didn’t understand a word but it was funny to watch 🙂

  • Lowell

    Looking forward to another great year of sim racing coverage from VirtualR! Happy New Year everybody!!

  • John Renton

    Happy New Year to an excellent site ~ keep at it, you’re doing a great job!

  • SlowOnlinePilot

    Happy New Year!
    2013 looks to be a good year for PC racing/driving sims! 🙂

  • Nazirull Safry Paijo
  • Diego Colafabio

    Happy new year guys, and thanks for your work Rob. This is one of the most beautiful simracing blogs/sites i know. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  • Ricoo

    Happy new year. 🙂

  • Aumanil Władca Wielorybów

    “I also want to voice my gratitude towards VirtualR’s advertisers that allow me to run this site free of in-content advertising in a neutral and unbiased way. Go check out their sites and buy their products – They’re awesome!” LOL so u admit that SMS is paying you?

    • Anonymous

      do you see any SMS related banners on VirtualR? No.. so it’s obvious I’m not talking about them when mentioning VirtualR’s advertisers.

      Does SMS pay me? Of course they do, just like you get paid for your day job. The two things aren’t in any shape or form related if that’s what you want to suggest.

  • Paul Pantel

    happy new year peeps! may 2013 bring us more choices and content to play with!

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