Assetto Corsa Update 1.3 and Dream Pack 2 Previewed

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Kunos Simulazioni took to social media today to confirm the release date for V1.3 of Assetto Corsa and the Dream Pack 2.  Well, more of a release window.  Kunos says that the update and pack will be out by next Thursday, October 8th.  That’s very #soon.

Here’s the whole post straight from Kunos:

Dear AC followers, we are completing the final phase of beta testing, and we are glad to announce that Assetto Corsa 1.3 and Dream Pack 2 will be available for download by October 8th!

With Assetto Corsa 1.3 the process of improvement of all aspects of our simulation continues to progress properly. Here’s following just few highlights of what you can expect to find in Assetto Corsa next week:

Assetto Corsa Dream Pack 2

The new Dream Pack 2 will include the Circuit of Catalunya, based on Laserscan point cloud, featuring GP and MotoGP layouts, as well as 7+2 new awesome and legendary cars:

Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattro Valvole
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
Ford GT40 MK1
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003
AUDI R8 ULTRA 2014
RUF RT12R AWD
RUF RT12R RWD
BMW M4 Coupe
BMW M4 Coupe Akrapovic Edition

The Assetto Corsa Dream Pack 2 will be available on Steam by October 8th, at 7,99 EUR.

Assetto Corsa 1.3

Physics
64-bit natively supported and car physics calculated on multi-thread. The physics engine has been reworked to become completely multi-threaded: as a result, the driving precision is augmented, the accuracy further improved and the physics solver has enough horsepower to completely resolve any difficult calculations any speed, achieving butter smooth Force Feedback and complete elimination of signal noise and vibrations. We’ll be back with more details on physics updates when the new build will be released next week.

Graphics
2D/3D models, textures and shaders have been updated and improved, in order to keep the standards reached with the latest content. Now windscreens receive shadows, and a new camera facing feature improves the rendering of 2D/3D objects on track. A first basic support for dynamic objects on tracks has been added as well, and it will be improved in future updates, with the aim to get a more immersive environment.

Sound
Fine tuning and improved algorithms for audio editing: all new cars benefit by use of new techniques of recording and sampling for engines, interiors and exhaust systems, also thanks to the technical cooperation of Akrapovic. This allows to recreate a more detailed audio trace and the exclusive detail of each car, improving the immersion while driving. Content that are available already in Assetto Corsa will be updated during the process, to bring them to a higher level of realism and in line with the latest quality standards.

Multiplayer
Dedicated server has been optimized in order to improve general stability.
New parameters and features have been added to server configuration, in order to please the requests of gamers who are looking for a more comprehensive online experience.

Get ready to experience the most advanced driving experience!

Wow, that’s a lot to cover.  While the Dream Pack 2 car list has been previewed plenty (and plenty more…and plenty most), the updates arriving on V1.3 have not (at least outside the Assetto Corsa forums).

This is the first official confirmation of Circuit of Catalunya, even though we’ve known it’s been coming.  Unlike the Bonus Pack which featured the mod-turned-official-non-laser-scanned Zandvoort, Kunos goes back to laser scanning with Catalunya.

While the F1 race at Catalunya is a bore to watch, the track is pretty fun to drive and should be more overtaking friendly in game.

Then we get to the V1.3 updates.  64-bit, improved graphics, sound and multiplayer.  Good, good, good, good!

The whole “butter smooth Force Feedback and complete elimination of signal noise and vibrations,” with the 64-bit is fascinating.  Will be interesting to see what that translates to.  Same goes for the multiplayer improvements.  While multiplayer has improved each update, it still not quit to where it needs to be.

One thing not mentioned here is Kunos’ continuing work on Oculus Rift support.  They have the latest SDK and are working on implementing it into Assetto Corsa.  No word if it’ll be released in the V1.3 update but it certainly sounds to be progressing.

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