Good news for karting fans as Black Delta have released KartKraft Build 0.1.0.2139, and begun a multiplayer beta with version 1 of their scheduled racing system.
It’s the first big announcement of 2020 for KartKraft, and demonstrates how work has continued on the game while it remains in Steam Early Access for the time being. Most of the changes and improvements are multi-player related, which is being opened up to more players over time. But it’s worth also picking up on a collision fix for all vehicles, which means ‘kerbs can now be ridden with confidence’.
It was just back in 2016, we originally reported on the sign-ups for the initial KartKraft closed beta, which just goes to show the commitment and time investment Black Delta have made into the game.
KartKraft Build 0.1.0.2139 Notes:
After months of work behind the scenes, version 1 of our scheduled racing system is here and will be rolled out to players over the coming weeks. While our initial intention was to release a dedicated server and provide an in-game browser for community host races, we made the decision to invest in building a scheduled racing system to provide a competitive, fair, and low-latency racing environment. With advanced skill-based matchmaking, league and hosted session support in development, KartKraft is quickly becoming the premiere online karting experience.
During the soft launch phase, we’ll be stress-testing the servers, listening to feedback, and gradually increasing the number of participating players before opening the beta to everyone. Initial events will be restricted to Timed Practice with collision disabled. To be considered for the soft-launch, please register using your real name via the in-game form and confirm your email address.
This update also sees the introduction of the classic PF International layout from the 90s. With an incredibly fast sweeping hairpin that is turn 1, this is the circuit that drivers like Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Anthony Davidson and Paul Di Resta honed their craft on the way to Formula 1.
Added manufacturer driving suits
We’ve completely overhauled the trackside camera system in preparation for multiplayer. Much like a human camera operator, our cameras now attempt to predict the trajectory of their tracked vehicle and anticipate their target’s position within the frame. The end result is a much more natural, broadcast quality viewing experience with high quality, cinematic, physically-based depth of field.
In preparation for multiplayer, we’ve reduced the vehicle snapshot size by 72% to minimise packet size. This has had a flow-on effect with leaderboard upload times significantly reduced. As a result, all leaderboard times have been reset to accommodate the new snapshot format.
All manufacturer suits from Arrow, CRG, Deadly, Formula-K, Monaco, OK1, Praga and Sodikart have now been added to the store. They can be equipped by going to Pits->Driver->Suits
NTK has been updated to the latest verson provided by community member and NTK board member ‘Hooves’
Added time limit to practice session
Changed photoshoot cameras to use cinematic, circular depth of field. This is now controlled by the camera aperture.
Fixed vehicle snapshot interpolation causing incorrect axle rotation wobble in replays.
Fixed motion blur on tyres. They no longer cause artefacts from tangential velocity.
Fixed camera transition in menu screens causing the vehicle to slide in from out of screen.
Fixed collision for all vehicles. Kerbs can now be ridden with confidence.