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Assetto Corsa Competizione – Community FAQ Blog

Discussion in 'News and Announcements' started by AC Support, Mar 2, 2018.

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  1. AC Support

    AC Support Official Support Staff Member KS Dev Team

    Last week, Kunos Simulazioni and 505 Games unveiled Assetto Corsa Competizione to the world, our Official upcoming Blancpain GT Series game. The response has been overwhelming for the team and we’d like to first take this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you to everyone that sent us a positive message or expressed their excitement in one way or another – It means a lot to us!

    Coming to Steam in the summer of 2018, Assetto Corsa Competizione will allow our community to experience the GT3 Series, where players will be able to compete against official drivers, teams and cars on circuits developed to the highest level of accuracy.

    Since our announcement, you guys have absolutely flooded our community channels with questions. Instead of answering you all one by one, we opted to take the blog approach.

    Let’s get started, shall we?

    Community FAQ’s

    What is Assetto Corsa Competizione?
    Assetto Corsa Competizione is our all-new racing simulation that reproduces the Blancpain GT Series Championship managed by SRO and based on the GT3 homologation. ACC is not an additional module or an extension of Assetto Corsa but a different, new and separate product altogether!

    Is AC Competizione a spin-off of Assetto Corsa?
    Absolutely not! We are developing AC Competizione from scratch. It takes advantage of the Blancpain GT experience, know-how and data collection acquired while working on AC. However, AC Competizione is not AC featuring the Blancpain GT Series. Is a completely new game that will offer realistic car handling as well new features and gameplay not seen before in our products.

    Will AC Competizione be available on PC Steam only, or on console too?
    Right now, all our efforts are going into developing Assetto Corsa Competizione on Steam, during Early Access.

    Does AC Competizione use the UE4 Engine's physics?
    AC Competizione will feature an evolution of the physics engine already used in Assetto Corsa, completely independent from UE4’s built in physics.

    What is going to happen to Assetto Corsa now you’re working on Competizione?
    The game will continue to be available for purchase, servers for multiplayer and lobbies will be kept open and active for as long as people continue to play it. The game will not receive further updates now (It has now been 7 years since AC development started and 4 years from its 1.0 release) Our entire team is now focused on AC Competizione.

    Why the Blancpain GT Series? What does make it so special?
    When we started to figure out what the new AC wouldhave to be, we saw that -including AC- the current generation of racing games offers a huge variety of "generic" titles performing multiple race modes with any kind of cars. This usually results in finding a compromise in terms of score, racing rules, gameplay modes etc.

    On the other side, very few games are dedicated to a specific race series that can be completely simulated in all its detail and, more importantly, can keep gamers focused.

    Whenever we’ve asked the community for their opinion, GT racing was always on the top of their wish list, and we found that the Blancpain GT Series fits the bill! Featuring Sprint races, endurance, night racing, driver swaps, official teams and drivers, these are exactly the things our fans asked for! Not to mention the best GT cars available, in their racing outfit, that results in lightness, handling, grip and brake power. Add to this formula the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, and you get the best thrilling GT racing series ever.

    Will we see a day / night cycle in Assetto Corsa Competizione?
    Yes – Players will be able to race at any time of the day, thanks to a realtime, full day / night cycle.

    What are the recommended system requirements for Assetto Corsa Competizione?
    Our minimum target specification is currently an i5-2500/AMD FX-8100 or equivalent, 4 GB RAM and NVIDIA Geforce GTX 760. However, right now, it’s way too early to be more precise. Over time, we'll be able to be more specific later as we continue to develop ACC. Therefore, if you are considering upgrading your hardware configuration, we strongly suggest you wait for our Early Access before upgrading.

    Will Assetto Corsa Competizione be moddable? And will modders be able to port their work onto AC Competizione?
    Assetto Corsa's structure was designed from the beginning to be moddable. Being developed with UE4, AC Competizione processes data and assets through a completely different structure and file format. Therefore, the game will not be compatible with mod contents created for Assetto Corsa. Also, our team does not have enough experience with UE4 to tackle both the development a brand-new game and the challenges of supporting an open platform in the time frame available for this project.

    We are fully aware of the importance of modding and its contribution to the success of Assetto Corsa. It's a great way for new talents to emerge, for the community to "suggest" new directions and/or simply to make a product richer. It is not a coincidence that some of the best community members are now contributing with us to the evolution of the software.

    However, for ACC this element will have to be put in stand-by mode for a series of reasons. The most important one is that we have given ourselves an enormous task of rebuilding, once again our software from (almost) scratch. In a world where pretty much, every product you see on the market in simracing is an evolution of games that have been on the market 10-15 years ago, our approach is to get a big axe and reset things to (almost) zero before starting with a new project. ACC is no exception.

    In this case the task is rendered more complex by the fact that we are using, for the first time a third party engine that we did not design ourselves and the truth is, given the amount of time we have available to deliver ACC to the public, we have more than enough on our hands trying to figure out how to use the engine effectively to also think about how to make the platform moddable.

    As you can imagine, this has been source of endless discussions in the last year and half as every decision comes with pros and cons, there is going to be pain no matter what your final call will be. It goes without saying that we believe we made the right call even if that means losing the huge benefits of a moddable platform.

    We know this might not cover everything, but over time we will continue to answer your most frequently asked questions! Once again, we want to thank our community for the outpour of support you’ve shown us since our announcement last week. We absolutely cannot wait to tell you more about Assetto Corsa Competizione in the near future!
    Son, Luca Zari, Braken99 and 13 others like this.

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  3. Ace Pumpkin

    Ace Pumpkin Alien

    Thank you very much for the summary and best of lucks for the new endeavor!
  4. Luca Zari

    Luca Zari Racer

    o_O :cool: :) :D :rolleyes:

    of course after the Blancpain I expect road cars and Nordschleife, maybe in 2020 ... :oops:
  5. Epistolarius

    Epistolarius Alien

    Thanks for the update, much appreciated.

    That sentence may need some rephrasing.
    MABlosfeld likes this.
  6. AC_CM505

    AC_CM505 Staff Member

    Thank you so much! :)
  7. Juliano

    Juliano Racer

    Hello Kunos guys, i´m really happy with what, ACC will become, GT´s are not my cup of tea, but i´m looking for ACC to see the evolution, i was wondering about the Competizione title, and the Blancpain GT series subtitle, and this idea came to my mind, i don´t know, if developers already thought about that, if it´s a new idea or a planned one already, my idea lies on the same practice AC being using on DLC´s, some packs with themed cars, tracks, what about the idea to make ACC "modular"? for example, the base title AC Competizione as a base game structure, and then, we get modules to expand the title, first with the Blancpain series, and then as DLC´s, you guys releases another themed "modules" completelly with new series rules, cars, tracks and specifications ? so in a while we can get, the "legendary series", "street legal series", "drift series", "stock car series" sort of modules and so on? would it be doable? I think this way, we don´t even need an AC2, since we can have ACC as a long term base simulator of many licensed and fictional(maybe) modules. If all the updated physics, and graphics with UE4 achieves the evolution needed for AC, this way, the sequel of AC could be just ACC. Hope the best for ACC, good luck and keep the great work, more "simulation value" please! hahaha best regards.

    I have another question to leave here please, almost nothing was said about the damage model, how it will be? there will be an improvement on damaging the cars visually and mecanically?
    FAE_Coyote likes this.
  8. SunBro

    SunBro Alien

    My gtx 1060 can easily handle the ue4 but i'm scared about the cpu... I mean i'll be able to play it but... barely. They say minimum is i5 2500 which is 3.3 ghz base clock. My i5 4460 is 2 generations newer but with a 3.2 ghz base clock. I know my pc will handle the game but... minimum settings :(
  9. Epistolarius

    Epistolarius Alien

  10. SunBro

    SunBro Alien

    That is also true but i just checked 3 different benchmark websites and all of them put my cpu ahead... by a mere %10 :D So... yeah. My cpu is only %10 faster than the bare minimum cpu for ACC...
  11. Berno

    Berno Gamer

    I love AC and Blancpain so consider me insta-buy ;)
    Good luck with the development I cant wait to see the end result!
    Stepy likes this.
  12. Flavus

    Flavus Gamer

    Well my 1050 Ti won't make the minimum spec and I won't be paying the current ridiculous prices for a new card so looks like I will be sticking with AC until the graphics card prices drop to a more reasonable level
  13. Epistolarius

    Epistolarius Alien

    But a 1050 Ti is better than the mentioned minimum spec? And I don't expect ACC to be particularly GPU-heavy with UE4, or at the very least you should be able to lower some settings to make it run fine. CPU will likely be another story, if you want large AI grids.
    Fremen_78 likes this.
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