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Vote for rFactor on Steam Greenlight

Vote for rFactor on Steam Greenlight as ISI makes the switch to the popular gaming platform.

With Reiza Studios about to make their debut on Steam, Image Space Incorporated is the last major sim developer to not have their products on the popular gaming platform.

As hinted at a few weeks ago, this is about to change as ISI is branching out to Steam as well.

Kicking off the company’s Steam efforts is their trusted rFactor title as the studio is now asking sim racers to vote for their title on Steam Greenlight.

The sim community already successfully pushed iRacing through Steam’s Greenlight process so hopefully the same will happen with rFactor, click here to vote for it now!

  • Marcos Sanz

    fine, after 9 years

  • 6e66o

    Watching those trailers on the steam page is making me feel a bit nostalgic 🙂 #4:3 #metalmusic

  • Chris Wright

    My assumption, please correct me Tim, is that this is a virtual toe in the water to see what benefits Steam can bring.

    I honestly think this would be a very good move for ISI. Given the recent announcement from Reiza, sim racing developers not on Steam are becoming increasingly rare.

    Makes sense from so many viewpoints.

    • Sim Antics

      Well people like us are in full force to help new users learn how to add mods to rF1 in the steam forums and BAM we have just increased the genre’s user base.

      • Tim Wheatley

        I add mods to steam games all the time. As long as you turn off auto updating (for patches, etc), your files aren’t touched by it then.

        Multiple installs would be the issue. But Steam does now have the workshop (mod platform) so that is worth looking at as well.

      • Sim Antics

        I do too. However since going to Steam may attract new users to rFactor and modding it’s good Steam has forums to assist these people. Also with the original 3 Simbin titles I have ran both the Steam and non Steam versions off the same HDD with no problem. So I don’t see a full version on Steam and a lite version non-Steam conflicting with one another.

    • Tim Wheatley

      Pretty much. rF1 is also a lot easier of a platform from a dev point of view, so we have a third party doing it and learning for us, while our devs continue work on rF2 itself.

  • ftrracingtv

    I can see a lot of people buying this on steam then trying to work out why there are no cars (or very little)

    • Tim Wheatley

      Still more rocks than Rock Simulator. 🙂

      • ftrracingtv

        true but what iv saying is a lot of people wont know its more of a mod sim

      • Tim Wheatley

        Possible, but the cars are listed on the page for them to see.

  • Sim Antics

    Yes I will definitely vote to greenlight this and any other title ISI may want to reclaim the rights to like Super league Formula

  • Jay Ekkel

    Welcome to the club. Fashionably late to the party, but a party none the less!

  • Markus Ott

    Sry to say, but I can’t vote for this. If people who are not into sim racing are getting their hands on this and see the AWFUL quality of basicly everything of the base package, they will think we sim bunch must be totally from the 90s.

    • john

      Sorry to say, but seems you stil don’t know what sim racing means. There is enough quality where is need to be first.

      • Ghoults

        Not really. The quality of the base cars in rf is horrible. If someone buys rf and doesn’t try any of the better mods rf is just huge waste of money. With right mods it can be amazing. But without it is awful.

      • john

        Mods is not hiding somewhere under the stone, middle of nowhere. Moding is well known future of this platform, so no worries newcomers will not find in era of worldwide internet, what is all about with this platform.

      • Kev

        100% false. These cars absolutely burst to life with minor setup changes taking only minutes.

    • Pablo Coronel

      Thats the problem, RF is not a game, is a simulator.

      • Sim Antics

        Please. They are all games. Simulation Games as rFactor did include a reward system that would suggest it is in fact a game by the way of virtual money that your million dollar F1 simulators don’t have. Same with iRacing it has a reward system in the way of virtual reputation. I could also argue how some titles that no one would argue are games are also simulators. This argument has more Gray Area then a Confederate Civil War Uniform.

      • Pablo Coronel

        the only reward that have rf is driving it

      • Sim Antics

        So if there is no rewards system you will be stuck driving only the entry level cars since you will not have the experience levels or money to buy more cars.

      • melanieuk1

        It is a computer game.
        http://i.imgur.com/YTDaW4i.png?1

      • Kev

        This. And of course no good deed goes unpunished. ISI wraps something of a game around the simulator to give people something to do and therefore it is not a simulator. Bull.

      • Pablo Coronel

        OK, is less game than AC

      • melanieuk1

        Your little religious bubble has burst, in fact it didn’t exist in the first place, they are all games made to run on a windows based pc, rfactor 1 & 2 are all computer games, real life racing teams don’t play your beloved rfactor computer games, get over it, and stop dreaming of a world where rfactor 1 or 2 is a real life sim, they are all computer games.
        And then someone has to the bare face cheek to say people that visit the ISI forums are more intelligent than anyone else, really? more like deluded, with comments like yours & Kev.

      • Pablo Coronel

        If your criticize my rf tolerate mines for ac 😉

      • melanieuk1

        I like all the Racing games on the market, from the old to the new, you’re just upset I put you in your place, and burst your little fantasy bubble that anything ISI motor based is a sim, which they are not, they’re a computer games, that simulate racing, confirmed by rFactorPro, in my screen shot below.

      • Matthew Arnold

        IF you LIKE them all, why not stop your incessant bitching about ISI???? #boring

      • melanieuk1

        Has someone told you on youtube, shut the [Beep] up.

    • Sim Antics

      If you don’t vote for this your a stick in the mud sorry. It only can benefit the genre even if it does not benefit you personally. Shake lose with a vote dude!

    • Kev

      Unless you are saying the PERCEIVED quality in the eyes of the completely ignorant (which, admittedly. would be the case with the uninitiated), then this is utter nonsense. No one who has any idea of sim racing would say rF1 is awful quality. Makes me sick if that is what you are saying.

  • Kev

    Gotta love the original trailer and music after all this time racing with it turned off. I voted for this and I disagree about the stock content which I believe is excellent with a proper setup and of course the mandatory real feel.

    What’s missing in sim racing is sim racers. Everything else is there. Great physics. Great feel. Great mods. Staggering library of tracks. It’s all there. The challenge is getting potential sim racers to believe three things:

    1. That they CAN be solid sim racers and have epic battles from the front, middle or toward the back of the grid.

    2. That they will eventually reach a level where they will be able to identify endless opportunities for improvement which will indescribably deepen the immersion, intensity and lasting enjoyment of sim racing

    3. Graphics, unnecessary hardware, sim SW war clan mentality, etc. ridiculous video jockey, combo binge-ing, sim news website noise and idiotic forum posts from clueless spoiled brats are nothing but useless noise and the real answer is to SHUT UP AND DRIVE

  • Babis Rataplan

    When Assetto start to sold in Steam, everyone was saying how bad idea it was…. What happen now ???

    • Jay Ekkel

      When we (SimBin) Entered Steam as one of the first developers on the platform we were laughed at, we were called the devil. Now nearly 12 years alter Steam has become a fantastic platform for any games.

      I amen every sim developer to be on the platform, as it it has great reach outside of our niche!

      We wouldn’t want simracers to become a dying breed would we!

      • Babis Rataplan

        Very True , I am 34 years old and i still remember all these laughs about Simbin geting on Steam, The truth is that it was a retail copy also( i have a GTR2 boxed and i love it).But i understand that we must look on the future , no one is buying retails on pc anymore , Also i can remember all the laughs about 2010 Raceroom to, Now R3E feels easy to access for most of my friends its free to try everything , i already have all the content but now with the low prices on the packs ,its perfect for my friends to get in to it and play online with me. I speak for my self , all these years i get amazing suport from Simbin, they reply fast and they listen, they already fix a lot and when multiplayer is fixed and hand animation is full not only 180. Then it will be perfect for me.

        Its not Easy to get Insise the Steam without Suporting it …… for example ….. Milestone i have bought all the WRC titles and i am really disappointed

        with there suport , they had a lot of problems with sounds, loading, fps lock, ffb , wheel suport and many more , and they never reply to me or any of my friends.
        So geting on Steam its good only if the Developers can suport the customers . Just check the forums on Steam , The most of them are geting reply from Simbin (sector3).

      • Matthew Arnold

        OMG MILESTONE !!!!!!!!!

        There is a terrible developer lol. I recently bought MXGP and its online is dead. Which is strange because its a good game beneath its issues but the developers point blank refuse to acknowledge anything on the forum.

        They just reply to mundane questions, nothing about the state of the game or its future.

        We are pretty lucky atm with the current crop of developers we have doing our sim racers.

      • Sim Antics

        Started with Race did it not as the feature Racing Title that also included a Steam membership. From there the rest is history as to where the PC market was before Steam.

    • TC

      I highly doubt that “everyone” was saying that this was a bad idea. By the time AC was announced, Steam already was a complete success.

    • Tim Wheatley

      I assume if you didn’t like Steam, then nothing would happen for you. lol

  • e_r_n_i_e

    I’ll vote Yes to support a sim developer, but the question why rF1 and not rF2 stays in my head. I’m torn.
    No doubt, rFactor is a good sim and there are great mods for it, but i think it’s time to close the chapter “rF1”. I know not a single simracer who doesn’t have rFactor on the shelf. And i’m unsure, if this old title from 2005 could attract new simracer. I think, rFactor 2 should be the better product for steam promotion.

    • Babis Rataplan

      I agree , Rfactor 2 would be better for all the new simracers, also when all these new non hardcore sim racers start to say their opinion about graphics for example on forums, maybe then this game would be even better.

      • Tim Wheatley

        The announcement is about being greenlit. The voting is about being greenlit. Can’t even 100% say rF1 will be on Steam at this point, even if greenlit. We need to be greenlit to find out.

      • Sim Antics

        To not vote for this to be Greenlit would only be being spiteful for some personal reason? The way I see it to not vote for this on a larger page is like turning your back on the sim racing industry as a whole

      • Matthew Arnold

        I think there wont be many people from VR going to vote. Its not the most popular sim or sim company around these parts lol.

        Sad really. People continue to preach about their beloved “hardcore sim genre” while simultaneously bashing one of the tiny amount of dedicated developers we have.

        Seems very anti-sim racing to me and very counter productive!

        IF you dont like rF/rF2 or ISI you should still vote for it to get greenlit, for the same reason we all would for Reiza(whos title also gets hate for being less pretty).

        I personally dont think much of pCars but I still will buy it to support SMS and the genre. Unfortunately the anti ISI crowd cannot see past their spiteful little noses!

      • Sim Antics

        Your right in the sense there should be more unity with regards to the sim race community. Sim Racing is meant to be competitive however some take it to a whole other level.
        When the Majority of sim racers can get out of their own way to support their least liked titles and development teams for the betterment of the industry we will only then be turning the corner to the image we should be portraying to the rest of the gaming world. All else need be dealt with internally as colleagues of the genre.

      • Kev

        Non hardcore sim racer = oxymoron

    • john

      As Tim already mentioned this is like a Test to gathered important informations, without devs need to focus to much on it and this title is perfect for that. rF2 is in state as is right now, not quite good example for going on steam mainly(probably) because developing strategy they still have with rF2.

      • e_r_n_i_e

        It’s obvious as a test, but AC and R3E are on steam too and also in development. Not to forget a lot of so called “early access” games. So this argument for “being in development” doesn’t makes much sense for me.

      • john

        Yes but the others are with lot less bugs and a more finished state(what is considered for v1.0) and with prettier graphics which mean people will automatically like it more. There are very little hard core fans of rf2 right now and this is not seems to change in near future. It will be devastating right now for ISI(from money point of view) if they bring directly to steam right now. Contrary to rf1 which is finish and can only provide additional funds and barely any loss(ok smal amount for developing mechanism for steam). But if they earn 20000$ for example from steam sale, they can add this to developing rF2 and at he same time learn for “free” without a big hasle and company resources about steam platform. Remember rF2 are very raw and not friendly right now for newcomers compared to other titles and steam is all obut that – raising fan base with newcomers. They have ability to test first and see how this will work, from implementation, developing, valuable statistics to bussines model and so on. It make much sense to grab that chance so they can better and really prepare for future titles.

      • Kev

        “with prettier graphics which mean people will automatically like it more”

        Sad

    • Kev

      That’s easy. The answer is “no”. Why on earth would we close the chapter on rF1? Where else am I going to, for example, race full, multi-class Trans-Am grids on an entire season of tracks in a professional championship league using a mod like Historx with physics arguably as good as anything ever available on the PC?

      And what about mods like 1937 GP and countless others that may never be recreated again in our lifetimes? Should we close the chapter on them as well?

  • Rantam

    Voted! Really hope it will make it! would be good news for the simracing community. Best of luck! 🙂

  • BackMarker

    Yes, this does seem like an odd choice for steam and steam greenlight, but I will still support the venture.

  • Diego Colafabio

    rFactor, the simulation where my sim career been started.

  • Jorge Araujo

    Great news!

  • Michael Brandt

    Nice move ISI :o)

  • Glen Orpheus

    my only worry is that this will attract a few idiots to a semi serious bunch of sim racers and actually spoil what we have.
    i have not seen anybody going round the track in reverse or using other cars to get round corners, but put this on steam and i bet you’re bottom dollar that this will become a regular thing 🙁

    • melanieuk1

      Unfortunately this little 0.0.1% so called hardcore simracers are not big enough to feed mouths, ISI and it’s staff have bills to pay & mouths to feed, maybe just maybe if they set the price right for rfactor1, they’ll be able to do so.

      • Sim Antics

        I’ll give them the 5%er rule! but yes I have questioned how ISI will continue to maintain itself now that the rush to rF2 sales are now down to a crawl and the need to generate revenue to continue to cover it’s operating costs and maintain a profit margin.

      • BackMarker

        pardon my ignorance, what is the 5% rule?

      • http://www.facebook.com/steve.shears.37 Steve Shears

        The 5% who wanted dash cams in Dirt 3. The codies made some rather ridiculous statement about the fact no one uses them (well only 5% in D2), despite the fact many sim racers judge circuit lines better are they’re more realistic.

      • Sim Antics

        No it was Grid 2 as a matter of fact. The 5% represents the most dedicated Hardcore Sim Racers in the industry and is a made up number and just a symbol.

      • Kev

        Aren’t all sim racers hard core? To me hard core simply means skill-based. And since sim racing is skill based so isn’t it more like 100%?

      • melanieuk1

        Quote “Aren’t all sim racers hard core?” End of quote.

        You tell me brains, according to those that visit the ISI forums, only you that play rfactor 2 are “Hardcore” sim racers, everyone else are just casual’s and reading your constant playground rant about been a so called hardcore simracer, which really boils down to been a hardcore gamer, is draining me.

      • Kev

        So yeah I think they’ll be fine

      • melanieuk1

        Yawn, you bore the hell out of me.
        I best go find something to do than discuss with the likes of you, boring boring boring.

    • Kev

      I’m not worried. I believe the admins will handle the idiots and even though only a small percentage will become substantially skilled it’s worth it to seed the next generation of sim racers.

  • Roy Rki

    Race 07 costs 3€ on steam, i doubt this is worth more…

    • Sim Antics

      Sure it is since it has never been offered at a bundle price.

  • Thomassima

    If rFactor will be greenlit, can we activate our retail copies in Steam? (like Truck Simulator games) Since, well at least my copy has no specific key code whatever you call it.
    With no chance to activate in Steam this is quite irrelevant news for me

    • Tim Wheatley

      We need to be greenlit to be able to properly research how Steam will work for us. As stated in other comments, we can’t even say 100% rF1 will be on steam. We need to be greenlit to find out, to fully work out the API, etc.

      • Andrew Tiltman

        Dreaming of steam workshop integration in rf/rf2… one day! 🙂

      • Thomassima

        Thanks for the reply Tim, I’ll support this process then

  • Alan Dallas

    I nearly missed announcement. This is good news if they make it happen. My Steam account is over 10 years old now, I think you can guess where I prefer to get and play my games. 🙂

  • ASUSNEX

    Will this helping the product to be more stable?
    Its bad when a known error dont get a fix and
    makes the game crash every time you start it.
    Every time theres a new build I try the demo
    and every time it crashes when launching the
    race tab.

    • ASUSNEX

      Sorry I thought it was rfactor2. Why rfactor and not rfactor2 ?????

  • Blatant Abuse

    How will multiple installations work?

    • Marcel Offermans

      Too early to say. First ISI need rFactor to be Greenlit. Next step then is to look into how such things could work, and actually test it. Needless to say it makes a lot of sense to support this.

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