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rFactor 2 2023 Q2 Update & Formula E Gen3 DLC

The Q2 2023 release update for rFactor 2 is out featuring the Formula E Gen3 DLC, fixes and more.

The wait is over as the Q2 2023 release update is finally out for rFactor 2, packed with to read through as well as the Formula E Gen3 DLC.

To purchase rFactor 2 visit: Studio-397 – Racing Simulation

Hello Sim Racers!

We have been chomping at the bit in excitement and anticipation, ready to bring you our Q2 2023 Early Release Update and DLC drop. You may notice that this Q2 drop has slightly less content when compared to previous quarterly drops, but we believe the updates we are bringing are vital to the longevity and continued improvement of the rFactor 2 platform. We have moved this Q2 drop to an earlier date than was once planned to match with fundamental development across many different areas of the platform, such as electric motor systems and the multiplayer experience.

For all of the details on the new ABB FIA Formula E Gen3 car, how to get the most out of it, and the further plethora of updates – read our full blog post through this link: https://www.studio-397.com/2023/04/2023-q2-update-and-dlc-released/
Below is the full changelog and known issues of this Q2 update.

General

  • Fixed assigned Screenshot button not working in UI in Retail
  • Fixed Photo Mode depth option not working
  • Linked Photo Mode Screenshot Format and Depth saving to player.json setting
  • Removed non functional copy to clipboard screenshot player.json setting
  • Disallow assigned Screenshot button in Photo Mode
  • Allowed toggling of showroom background in Retail (via key 1 or via button).
  • Added player.json setting “showroom background” for default state of rendering background.
  • Added Sideview UI showroom for taking screenshots of cars for icons.
  • Fixed UI resolution not setting correctly when switching from Windowed to Borderless in Game.
  • Fixed crash when changing resolution options in VR
  • Fixed intermittent crash when installing content
Configuration Application
  • Updated Config file to save last used resolution and refresh rate rather than an enumeration of the used mode for more consistent handling of game resolution when adapters change.
  • Setup a VR specific config file. This file will copy from the default file on first run of VR.
  • Allowed the option to configure multiple files from the config application
  • Fixed various inconsistencies in config app where by changing adapter or monitor would lose any previous setting changes
  • Fixed windows version reporting in config app
  • Updated displaying of PC Specs to show only relevant information in config app
  • Removed various unused settings from config file
Physics
  • Ensured that results files / ai report battery state when it’s the primary energy source
  • Various fixes for battery energy consumption
Graphics
  • Updated Dashboard Elements Shader to use IBL Setup for better lighting
  • Added LowLumEmissive shader to replace old Dashboard usage on track assets (Start/Pit Lights etc) and in Car LEDs. The game will auto reassign these.
  • Updated Cockpit Readout format to allow offsets, to render multiple readouts to the same background
  • Added Cockpit Readout Icon format, which can render texture to background, with configurable number of elements, and options to change colours or uvw islands based on value, with options for Fuel, Battery, RPM, TC, TCActive, ABS, ABSLocked
  • Added various extra cockpit readouts: FuelLastLap, FuelFinishAverage, BatteryLastLap, BatteryFinishAverage, CurrentLap, Delta, TCSlip, TCCut, BatteryRegenLevel, ElectricMotorMap
  • Updated Moddev Tweak Bar displays for new options
  • Updated method for sharing if a rain light is active over network, to ensure better consistency when it is used to show in the pit lane, battery regen or due to the weather.
  • Enable rain light when battery is harvesting on throttle. Use CockpitInfo.ini params to configure:
  • RegenLightRequireThrottle=1/0 (requires higher throttle than brake)
  • RegenLightMinPowerWatts=15000 (requires 15kw regen to show the light)
AI
  • Reworked AI throttle behaviour
  • Less overshooting, more controlled deceleration
  • Improved acceleration with less wheelspin
  • Improved corner exits
  • Eliminated even more sources of oscillation
  • Improved laptimes for certain vehicles
  • Pit speed limit won’t be overshot
  • Stop positions (grid, pit box) will no longer be overshot
  • Reworked AI reaction to other vehicles (road courses)
  • AI will now properly slipstream other vehicles
  • Overtaking occurs if AI can achieve overlap before the next corner, otherwise the AI will save fuel
  • Multiclass: Faster classes will no longer slow down when trying to overtake slower classes
  • Multiclass: Faster classes avoid overtaking unless they can get fully past before the apex
  • Multiclass: Faster classes will attempt to carry more momentum, and lift off early if no overtaking opportunity exists
  • AI will now be more cautious when other cars are around
  • AI can now use more of the space following other cars, for proper drafting behaviour
  • More cautious when yellow flags are ahead or under FCY
  • Player and other cars will no longer be rear ended unless a sudden unexpected lane change makes a reaction impossible
  • When cars ahead are in a fight, AI will now set up for an overtake on corner exit
  • AI won’t hesitate to go 3-wide if the situation allows for it, but will pull out before the next braking zone if an overtake seems too dangerous
  • Less incident prone with large grids
HUD
  • Updated Default HUD with multiple options for different element combinations
  • Added Battery State & Usage options, as well as LEDs for P2P and Battery
  • Fixed HUD only rendering one gauge correctly
  • Added Throttle, Brake and Clutch gauge options to HUD
  • Added ability to change text colour in MFD in HUDs
UI
  • Added Battery Unit setting (Percent or kW(h))
  • Fixed multiplayer joining getting triggered again after changing graphics settings and restarting when joining with +connect
  • Package Management
  • Server now verifies that connected clients own the content they are using
Modding
Map Converter Updates
  • Now checks for file updates every 500ms.
  • -f (force all textures to update) command will only run once and exit.
  • -o (once) command will only run once and exit
  • DDS files are only copied from source folder on first pass.
  • Improved output display with more information.

Mod Dev\Scene Viewer

  • Added extra lighting debug information for fog and direct light direction
  • Added toggling of shadow groups via shadow key (U) in scene viewer.
  • Only allow one instance of the Scene Viewer to be open at a time (fixes issues with accessing Material Editor when previous instance doesn’t exit for some reason).
  • Added missing Limit Path option to Static Cameras in Camera Editor

Material Editor Updates

  • Added ability to set blend modes per material
  • Added ability to set texture options for chroma and no detail reduction.
Known issues
  • AI will fail to line up for FCY
  • Formation lap speeds are capped too low, so if the grid gets pulled too far apart, the back will fail to catch up in time
  • AI aren’t particularly good at evading cars parked on track and will slow down considerably, sometimes just lining up behind them
  • AI behaves badly when there is a large performance delta between cars
  • Auto Shifting on the FE Gen 3 will not shift out of neutral

About rFACTOR 2

rFactor 2 is a realistic, easily extendable racing simulation from Studio 397. It offers the latest in vehicle and race customization, great graphics, outstanding multiplayer and the height of racing realism. rFactor 2 features mixed class road racing with ultra realistic dynamics, an immersive sound environment and stunning graphics, perfect for top-level esports and a rich single-player experience.

Race against a field of AI cars, or in multi-player mode against others. rFactor 2 supports a full day-night cycle as well as dynamically varying weather conditions such as rain which dynamically builds into puddles. Tracks feature “real-road” technology that changes the grip as more cars drive on it. You can run full 24 hour endurance events and in multi-player mode, driver swaps are also supported. Everything can be customized by the community, including adding new tracks and cars, and a wealth of add-ons are available on-line.Working with several partners, rFactor 2 has been used in hundreds of esport championships all over the world – in particular McLaren’s World’s Fastest Gamer and Formula E.

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