Big news for fans of drifting as ECC Games have released a new build of their Early Access drift sim. And the update for Drift 21 improves the driving model and adds the Mazda RX-8 to the game.
Both are sizeable changes within the list of tweaks and improvements. The Drift21 car list has expanded to four cars with the addition of the last rotary production car from the Japanese manufacturer. So it’s still a small list, but at least there’s more variation coming along, and hopefully we’ll see more and more cars added to the game in the coming months.
Major changes to the driving model, tyre physics, suspension parameters and force feedback settings will be a big change in how the cars drive and drift. And it probably won’t please everyone, but shows that ECC Games are certainly responding to the initial feedback from the Drift 21 community. So that’s certainly a positive, and you’d imagine improvements will get more refined for both wheel and controller drifters as the game continues to evolve.
Drift 21 Rev_13878 Update Patch Notes:
- Added new car – Mazda RX8
- Added tuning car parts for Mazda RX8
- Expanded Controls settings window and added experimental presets and settings for various and popular steering wheel models
- Added information about supported rim sizes to each car info in Car Shop
- Added an option to turn off speedometer on HUD (available in Settings or by pressing H on keyboard)
- Added an option to turn off detailed rear mirrors (available in Video Settings)
- Added a pop-up that appears when trying to collect all unmounted parts
- Tire physics overhaul – big changes to the driving model
- Suspension parameters overhaul – another major change to the driving model
- Major changes to Force Feedback settings
- Regrouped content in the Settings menu
- Added missing texts and localizations
- Fixed challenge: Time Attack 7 for North
- Fixed a critical bug which caused various game crashes, for example after trying to change the color of the rims
- Fixed a bug where the mouse pointer wasn’t visible in the Settings menu
- Fixed an issue that prevented the handbrake slider value from being saved properly
- Fixed an issue that prevented the automatic transmission from engaging if the steering wheel was connected
- Fixed a bug with options Ignition On and Ignition Off being available when Can Stall was inactive
- Fixed an issue with where decals in Paint Booth had inconsistent sizes
- Fixed an issue where certain Fuel Rails had invalid parameters
- Fixed missing texts on North challenges result screens
- Fixes to various North challenges – all checkpoint boxes should spawn properly now
- Fixed a bug that caused cars to spawn on the track with the mask, trunk, and doors opened
- Fixed a bug which prevented players from closing pop-ups in the Paint Room
- Fixed an issue where the credits earned during tutorial Time Attack challenge were not awarded properly or at all
As Drift 21 improves the driving model and adds the Mazda RX-8, it’s a good time to revisit the game, or maybe try it for the first time. It’s currently priced at £22.49 on Steam for the PC. And we’ll continue sharing the latest Drift 21 news, content and updates as the game hopefully continues to evolve, along with adding to the small but growing Drift 21 car list.