Hello sim racers,
The second major Release Candidate build of rFactor 2 has been deployed, bringing a significant number of enhancements to rFactor 2 ahead of the revised 2023 Q1 Release date of Tuesday, February 21st.
RC Update 2 Release Candidate Notes
- Fix for missing server filters
- Fix for soft tracking change not working in replays
- Default VR Mirror to true
- Various fixes for IBL Water Shader
- Added showing the list of dependencies for a mod, and the list of mods that are using a specific item
- Installing packages for content should now be automatic after a download if you keep the download popup open
- Items that are in use by a mod should have their uninstall button disabled and greyed out
- Added configurable controls for regen level, electric motor map and push-to-pass map
- Added setup settings for regen level, electric motor map and push-to-pass map. Moved pitstop settings to a new “Strategy” tab.
- Fixed bug where some values were incorrectly interpolated. Mostly noticable in the engine volume fraction.
- Renamed RegenerationLevel to RegenerationMap
- Added item origin column in the pending updates table
- The content table now remembers the sort order when it refreshed
- Items with missing dependencies can now be multi-selected in the content table
- Reworked controller and keyboard controls to have a permanent steering filter that acts like a smarter version of speed sensitivity
- Replaced inaccessible steering rate configuration with steering aggression slider to control how aggressively the new controller filter allows turn-in
- Plugin API updated to include physics output (also see plugin example):
- Battery charge
- motor temperature
- water temperature (if applicable)
- motor state (inactive, propulsion, regenerate)
- Fixed bug with reading brake maps from hdv/engine files. It now reads definitions with less than 11 entries again.
- UI accessible from replay screen, with full configuration options and key hints.
- Improved ttool performance significantly. It’s now more than twice as fast. The checksum will differ, but results are virtually the same.
- Installing items from the content page requires a second request to install via the “updates” page
- Cancel updates button is unresponsive
- Motion blur does not work without SSR set to medium or higher
- Motion blur sometimes activates when it should not
- when the track loops back around on itself.
- After assigning a control in Photo Mode to a Keyboard key, Keyboard input does not work correctly until after you navigate to a different screen.
- Photo Mode settings lost when you change camera
- Maintain current camera over the start finish line on Trackside Camera Group Cycle does not work at present
Race Against Unowned Content
Development of this important change to the foundation of how rFactor 2 has been designed to work is well underway, with most of the main underpinning code now complete, however, we are still working to refine the user experience journey within the software, so we have decided it best to hold on deploying this into Release Candidate until next week – the proposed public build deployment date of February 21st remains on schedule.
How to Access Release Candidate
To gain access to the Release Candidate build of rFactor 2, right-click on the rFactor 2 link in your Steam Library, go to ‘Properties’ and under the Betas tab, make sure you select ‘Release Candidate’ from the drop-down list.
This is the main public build of rFactor 2, without any beta branches or additional early updates applied. This is the build that will be available as default.
Release-Candidate – This build will always feature the latest updates and improvements that have been introduced by our development team ahead of main public release. Although these changes will have been reviewed by our test team here at Studio 397 prior to deployment, we will use this build branch to give our users the opportunity to opt into these changes early, and report any unexpected issues that may or may not occur before we launch to the main public ‘opt-out’ branch of the software.
Previous-Build – This branch will contain a copy of the last public ‘opt-out’ version of rFactor 2, prior to updates being deployed, should any communities need to revert to the last known stable branch of the software for any reason.
As we release new updates for rFactor 2, each branch will ‘move up’ to the next step of the branch ladder, from ‘release-candidate’ to ‘opt-out’ to ‘previous-build’, replaced by the respective new updated version.
We hope you enjoy the new improvements to the latest RC build, and we look forward to getting the next update out to you next week, and starting the announcement process back up again from February 13th!