Just ahead of Gamescom 2012’s Press Day, a new video of Assetto Corsa was released by the creators of the earlier netKar PRO simulator and Ferrari Virtual Academy, Kunos Simulazioni.
Already involving licensing partnerships with a collection of renowned car companies and the management of legendary tracks that so far include Imola, Monza and Silverstone, the next title from Kunos aims to meet the grade on all levels.
Starting with LASER scanning to reach the highest standards in circuit accuracy, development is going all the way to bring the best that DirectX 11 hardware can offer in effects and multi-screen capability. Particle effects, motion blur, depth of field and lighting to represent the hour of the day – it’s all there (and more). Owners of older graphics cards shouldn’t feel left out either, as the game is set to run on DirectX 10.1-level hardware. Using Windows Vista onwards for DirectX 10.1, this should mean that owners of ATI Radeon HD 4000 series and NVIDIA 9800 GT cards and above will have access to the new simulator.
Kunos describe the physics engine as all-new, “designed and coded from the ground up”. Looking back at the Kunos portfolio, savouring early snapshots and grasping the involvement with real-world racing drivers and it would seem, engineers of racing teams and car companies, expectations can only be high.
Along with varied race options, single and multi-player modes will feature and Kunos is currently targeting a release late this year.
Oh, and it’s fully accessible to modders!
Cars – you want cars? Well, along with tracks from around the globe, the avid sim racer will be able to step inside anything from single seaters and historic cars through to prototypes and enthusiast ‘track day’ cars like the KTM X-BOW R. There’s a lot to cover on the cars alone, so more details will follow.
Assetto Corsa Videos:
In the run up to Gamescom, the Assetto Corsa team put it best…
All preparations set and done, Aris is “testing” the KTM at Imola against the AI. Stefano “Kunos” is cheering for his “creatures” (Ai) while in the end Aris can’t avoid the incident and shouts “assassin” at the Ai creator!
Since Gamescom officially started, a further video has been released showing an AI battle between a BMW Z4 GT3 and a P4/5 Competizione:
And during Gamescom, top sim race Andre Bottcher tried out Asseto Corsa with an alpha build of a Lotus Exos 125
As you can tell there’s a lot happening with Assetto Corsa at the moment, so expect a lot more coverage!