Assetto Corsa Competizione, Kunos Simulazioni's follow-up to its sublime driving simulator, has been dated for its Early Access release, with the Blancpain-licensed racer coming on September 12th.
It will, however, be a very limited offering at first, with just the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 and the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit available at first, with updates then coming on a monthly basis through to at least February. The multiplayer will be policed by a Rating System that builds upon that which players of iRacing and Gran Turismo Sport will be familiar with.
The announcement came at the weekend's Spa 24 Hours - the centrepiece in the Blancpain GT series' calendar which was won by Walkenhorst's BMW M6 - an event that Assetto Corsa Competizione will look to simulate with its day/night transitions and full weather system. The full and final game is due in Q1 next year.
A new Assetto Corsa is hitting early access this summer - and it's set to be the official game of the Blancpain GT series.
Back when we started the Eurogamer Assetto Corsa Championship we were hoping for a final where everything was still on the line, and that's exactly what we've got. As we head to tonight's race at Adelaide all's set for a thrilling final chapter.
We at Eurogamer Italy set up our first ever esports championship to be as difficult as possible, but also set out to find the best drivers we could to take it on. After a difficult start at Imola and Mexico City, the last race in Montreal confirmed our expectations: these drivers are of the highest level, and the skill of the best among them is starting to tame the powerful Lotus 98T. Three winners in three Grands Prix is a testament to the challenge that a full race on Assetto Corsa poses to the drivers' attitudes. This time, it was David Greco of Thrustmaster White that took the lead and the win for the official team of the peripheral manufacturer. Behind him, a solid race from Hany Alsabti, Tuomas Thatela, Kevin Siggy, Jack Keithley, Jackub Charkot and Amos Laurito put on a great show that our friends at SimracingZone.net captured in the Virtual Studio below, with not one but two Sparco Shows and the customary Nvidia Moment.
Assetto Corsa is getting the coveted Porsche licence, with cars from the Stuttgart marque coming to both the PC and console versions of Kunos' driving simulator this autumn via DLC.
Assetto Corsa has had its console release bumped back a couple of months, with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Kunos' excellent PC driving sim now coming out on June 3rd in Europe with a North American release coming soon after on June 7th.
Assetto Corsa, Kunos Simulazioni's acclaimed driving simulator, will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this April, with both versions due to hit in Europe on April 22nd.
It's been just over a year since Assetto Corsa came out of Early Access on Steam, in which time the simulator has been recognised as one of the finest of its kind on the PC, and with a brace of DLC packs introducing classic tracks such as Brands Hatch and Spa Francorchamps. All the Dream Packs will be included as part of the base console launch on day one, and in the future updates will arrive in tandem with the PC version.
While code is yet to be finalised, at present Assetto Corsa is running at 1080p and 60fps on PlayStation 4, while the Xbox One version will be targeting 60fps and a resolution of 900p. Few compromises have been made for the new version, with the handling model intact and the only significant change being an all-new UI.
Assetto Corsa, one of the PC's finest driving simulators, is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next year.
The console versions are coming through a partnership with 505 Games, though there are few details beyond the platform announcement and a loose 2016 release window.
What we do know, however, is that Assetto Corsa will make a welcome addition to console thanks to its impeccable handling model. Having launched in Early Access at the tail-end of 2013, the game saw its full PC release late last year, and was well-received. "When it comes to replicating the simple, intoxicating pleasure of driving, no game does it better right now," we said in our review earlier this year.