AUTOMOBILISTA places you in the driving seat of an advanced racing simulator, featuring elite brazilian racing series along with a wide range of racing vehicles and international tracks for a uniquely diverse motorsports experience.
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Release Date: Feb 29, 2016

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May 31

Automobilista - May 2017 Development Update

Hello everyone! We´re back for another Automobilista Development Update - not many of these to go now!

As you may have noticed, we missed out on publishing a dev update last month - apologies for that, hopefully the v1.4 changelog will be convincing enough evidence we weren´t just slacking off :)

It´s actually getting a bit tricky to share many details about what we´re doing in these final stages of AMS development as we´re getting more into exploring new grounds and doing some experimenting without knowing for sure what will pan out and how soon - that naturally makes it harder to provide much of a foresight without feeding expectations that may not be realistic on the short term.

With that in mind this month´s update is mostly retrospective on the work done for v1.4, while still providing some glimpses as to what comes next!

V1.4 development

Following popular demand, v1.4 has seen a lot of development time dedicated towards improving the AI - we began by compiling a list (split in 5 main areas - Performance, Awareness, Strategy, Behavior & Personality), documenting the worse problems and elaborating some ideas to not only address these issues but move AI in general up to a new level. So far focus has been on making good baseline progress in all fronts, sorting out or at least minimising the most critical issues.

Improving AI Performance, or more specifically consistency in their performance so the AI can provide a consistent challenge to the player from corner to corner, track to track and car to car vs the player irrespective of his AI strength setting is always an ongoing task, with some good ground covered again in v1.4.

One of the initial focus was doing some basic improvements of AI Strategy, as any development elsewhere becomes a bit pointless if AI messes up his pit strategy - V1.4 updates should see more realistic tire wear from the AI as well as customized tire wear thresholds for pitstops so they don´t stop so late they lose too much time in worn tires, nor so soon they risk doing a potential pointless extra stop. We also added a lock for AI refuelling in series where they aren´t allowed to. Next steps include improving their fuel strategy so they can better calculate if and when to stop (and not take extra fuel when they dont need to), and set up different tire compounds for AI to qualify and / or start the race on.

These however are just the tip of the iceberg - there´s a lot still to be done for the AI to not only avoid basic errors but actually challenge / outsmart the player in strategy alone. Lots of ideas here but it will take some time until we can completely flesh them out.

We´ve also added several new functions to AI behavior to make them less "robotic" and more believable to race against - for instance they now respect blue flags and lift for the car behind, take it easier in in / out laps as well as cool down laps. Next steps include making them behave more safely after leaving the track and / or spinning.

AI awareness has also improved considerably in v1.4 as can be seen in this quite radical multiclass race start and how the AI manage to navigate their way round fairly competently:

https://youtu.be/Xc2c4dB1-x4

Finally we´ve covered some initial ground in adding some extra Personality to AI drivers so they now not only perform differently, but may also vary as to how they perform in starts, manage their tires and how cooperative they are reacting to blue flags, according to the definitions of the driver´s RCD file.

Naturally there is still plenty of work to be done in all areas, in particular issues with AI awareness in some conditions when they don´t give other cars the proper space, and AI hesitation to overtake on straights when in position to do so are both big issues which we hope to make further progress on in time for v1.5.


Audio was another big front of development in v1.4, as our man Domagoj Lovric continues to do great work on the audio front, far exceeding our original goals for AMS. In addition to extensive work on new PostFX filters providing much meatier external sounds, some old issues have been ironed out and extra configuration options added.


Besides working on some very cool new cars, Dom has began dabbing with development of surround sound - fingers crossed it will make it in for v1.5 :)

There have been various updates & fixes to content - one of the most notable being the Boxer cockpit getting a facelift with ambient occlusion mapping, seamless textures and a couple of extra tweaks and optionals, the results of which you can compare below:

V1.3.7:

V1.4.0:


The shots above also showcases another development from v1.4 as driver arms have now been added as vehicle configuration option. - these unfortunately are not fully animated but rather static objects added to the wheel, for that reason they´re not articulated and have been limited to 90º in each direction. Not ideal, but hopefully an acceptable stop-gap for those who have been waiting for this feature.

The driver model itself has been upgraded and the suits and gloves specially customized to each era:


Custom Season Tool

Another long waited feature finally made it in with v1.4 release as the Season Tool, which considerably expand the value of single player championship mode as users can now create their own season. Kudos to Dave Stephenson for another great job on this one :)


Like other features, the Season Tool in its current state is a baseline we´ll be looking to expand on with a few extra rules and further customization options.

The Formula Ultimate

The F-Ultimate was greenlit for v1.4 fairly late as original plan was to release it with new ERS / Turbo models. In the end we figured those would not affect the driving experience so much to warrant withholding release.. Truth be told we thought it just drove and sounded too good to be held back any further :)

There is still work to do though, specially on the ERS system which we hope to complete in time for v1.5. As it is, the car already features an ERS map which optimizes power delivery for each gear but the battery is still 100% all the time.

Here you can see Niels commenting on the physics development of the car while taking it for a few quick laps:
https://youtu.be/89-MeQC3704

Steam Achievements

There have been enquiries about the long overdue Steam Achievements as we had hinted in the previous dev update it would come with v1.4 - they didn´t quite make it in time but we are actually working on the achievements right now - as soon as we have completed implementation and put it through testing we will put it out with a small update. We hope to complete it at some point next week.

There will be a preview topic for Steam Achievements in Reiza51 shortly so those with access will be able to check them out and even contribute with a few suggestions :)

What´s still to come

We are now on the final stretch towards v1.5 and we´re working hard to make it at least as big an update as v1.4 was. There will however be one, potentially two intermediate updates until then.

Beyond new content and a couple of new features we hope will make it in time for v1.5, we´re also looking to continue polishing the overall package, fixing some of the more inconvenient bugs and quirks along with upgrading existing content to bring them as close to the standards of the latest stuff as possible. Alex Sawczu is looking to update some of the older tracks which have fallen a bit behind when compared to newer releases like Hockenheim; we also hope to do some accuracy updating to tracks that have had minor changes since they were originally modelled.

In terms of new content, current plans feature development of 2 more (free) tracks, 1 semi-new series, and DLC packages to be released for AMS within the next couple of months.

We´ll need a bit more time to spill in the beans on all of these- for now I can confirm development of Ibarra has begun and should be the next track to be released. This track (also known as Yahuarcocha) is a picturesque old-style circuit in Ecuador, set in between a beautiful mountainous scenery and the lake Yawarkucha and should be a great ride in all sorts of cars. Check it out:

https://youtu.be/DZs6sXay5RA

Before we wrap, a reminder that the AMS Season Pass which secures all currently available DLCs along with the ones still to be released is currently on sale with 35% off - if you haven´t grabbed that yet make sure to do it now :)

This covers it for the month - look forward to catching up with you all again next month, hopefully we´ll be in position to be more specific then ;)

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May 26

Automobilista v1.4.0 RELEASED, now updated to v1.4.05

Automobilista v1.40 is released, along with a new DLC: Hockenheimring is now available for purchase!

If you are interested in other current & upcoming Automobilista DLCs however it is strongly recommended you check the AMS "Season Pass" for all upcoming DLCs (for those that already have the base game) and the bundle of AMS Base + Season Pass (which includes the base game).

Below is the Changelog for v1.3.7 -> v1.4.0:

CONTENT

  • Added Hockenheim (1977, 1988, 2001 and 2016, along with extra modern layouts - the Rallycross layout will be added shortly) (AVAILABLE ONLY FOR HOCKENHEIM OR SEASON PASS OWNERS)
  • Added F-Ultimate series

FEATURES
  • Added Custom Season Tool *

GENERAL
  • Fixed bug with AA setting not saving in AMS Config
  • Downscaled series icons in main menu series selection by 20% & changed layout from 3 x 7 to 3 x 8;
  • Added new Main Menu ordering parameter to SRS files & re-ordered positions for F-Ultimate & Lancer Cup Series
  • Various minor UI fixes & adjustments
  • Adjusted orientation rate in all cockpit cameras to better absorb track oscillations vs the horizon
  • Updated all helmet shaders to be same as the one used for car paint
  • Fixed bug in roadnoise replay saving (fixing potential CTD)
  • Added new driver model & new customized suits & gloves to all vehicles
  • Added configuration option to all vehicles for visible driver arms in cockpit view **
  • Fixed bug with radio spotter announcing final lap one lap ahead of time in timed races
  • Fixed error in fog logic which could cause fog to appear in cockpit
  • Added function to discard next lap in Time Trial mode if track limits are abused in the preceding lap
  • Fixed bug that could cause FFB to be lost if instant replay command was hit during a multiplayer event
  • Globally increased lowest LOD from 500 meters to 600m

AUDIO
  • All audio files resampled to 44.1kHz (decreasing files size / cpu / memory usage)
  • increased max simultaneous sounds from 32 to 64
  • polished loops and pops in several audio files
  • Introduced advanced audio filters for external cameras
  • Added cockpit muffling for closed cockpit cars
  • Opponents volume setting is no longer effective for trackside cameras (all cars same volume)
  • Enhanced replay of surface sounds (roadnoise, dirt, curbs)
  • Added new options to Audio menu for master volume, trackside volume, Audio PostFX levels & button to restore default audio settings
  • Minor adjustments to audio samples on Ultima Race, F-V12, F-Trainer
  • Reset volume multipliers on all cameras to address volume inconsistencies

AI
  • Added function to stop AI from refuelling during pitstops in all series where that is forbidden - only series that allow AI to refuel now are StockV8, SuperV8, F-V12, F-V10, Metalmoro, Boxer Cup & All Cars / Tracks; for custom long distance events with any of the other series where AI would need to refuel, user should run All Cars / Tracks; likewise for proper AI race strategy with non-refuelling series running close to their default full distance, user should use the respective series instead of All Cars / Tracks
  • Added function for AI to partially lift off the throttle when receiving a blue flag - their cooperation is now a function of "Courtesy" value in driver RCD files, and thus will vary from driver to driver and from series to series; they will generally be equally cooperative in practice / quali, in races they will be more cooperative in high profile series compared to smaller / historical ones
  • Added function for AI to coast to the pits after checkered flag (rather than racing on at full speed)
  • Added function for AI to slightly lift during in and out laps in practice / quali
  • Added function for AI to lift back to the pits when car has substantial aerodynamic damage
  • Added function to prevent AI from lurching to the side on starts & generally improved their composure through the first corner
  • Adjusted AI awareness to get them to hesitate less when trying to overtake another car in a straight (very minor adjustment for now to avoid side effects)
  • Revised AI tire wear functions & added custom pit thresholds for every tire compound in every car to minimise issues with AI needlessly stopping for tires
  • Added AI function to stop them from pitting for tires in last 10 minutes of a race - even if they cross their tire wear threshold they will soldier on for the remaining distance rather than doing a costly late-race pitstop
  • Customized AI throttle functions at race start to a realistic behavior for each series
  • Changed AI reaction time to green lights so it´s no longer instantaneous but within a more human range of 0.1s-1.0s
  • Added new TireManagement & AIStartSkill to driver RCD files - the lower the first value, the more the AI will wear its tires; the lower the 2nd value the more chance AI driver will bog down at the start
  • Globally upscaled Composure, Aggression, Crash & MinimumRacingSkill in driver talent files
  • Doubled max AI to AI collision rate from 40 to 80 (needs setting from PLR file)
  • Adjusted base Safety Car speeds for various series to more compatible levels
  • Added a randomization function to Opponent filter gizmo when running a multiclass event with a specific class count (where before it would just load the same cars for each class in team order)
  • Added config overrides to search correct driver talent folders (fixing bug with drivers present in multiple series occasionally loading the wrong file and misperforming as a result) ***
  • Upscaled AI aggression ranges (max setting is now double what it was before, with lower settings adjusted to suit)
  • Various AI physics adjustments to improve their racing ability and line adherence
  • Generally increased AI reaction to front tire slip
  • Adjusted AI brake performance for all cars
  • Adjusted AI fuel strategy so they don´t pit on the very first lap it gets on low fuel range
  • Updated AI performance ranges for several tracks
  • Adjusted AI spring / damper multipliers on stiffer cars to further reduce AI jittering over sawtooth curbs

PHYSICS
  • Revised tire wear functions for several cars
  • Revised fuel consumption & estimates for several cars
  • Globally raised undertray friction to minimise advantages of unrealistically low setups in some cars
  • Adjusted default setups for low downforce configs in Formula cars
  • Reduced default suspension packer settings in several cars
  • Added speed limiter to MCR2000, Ultima GTR Race
  • Adjusted engine wear / reliability ranges on soem cars

CONTENT UPDATES & FIXES
  • Added new 2017 GP layouts to Interlagos, Montreal, Kansai, Spielberg & Hockenheim featuring updated tire compound rules & DRS zones
  • Roughened up flat curbs at Taruma, Londrina
  • Spielberg: Fixed fuel use range causing excessive fuel consumption for player & AI
  • Oulton: Adjusted AI line through chicane so AI don´t clip high curb
  • Brasilia: Fixed cars going into the pits in rolling starts
  • StockV8: Corrected max opponents; Corrected & added missing talent files: fixed LCD laptime info
  • Montana: Fixed max opponents
  • F-V12: Adjusted ride height ranges, increased rake in default setup
  • Mini: Fixed auto-shifting bug; minor adjustment to external sound loops
  • Boxer Cup: Updated rear brake light; Updated cockpit materials & textures; added configuration option to install / remove rear view camera display
  • Karts: Updated skin alphas to suit latest car shader
  • F-Vee: Adjusted AI performance
  • ARC Camaro: Fixed reflection bug in cockpit gauges
  • F-Vintage: Adjusted longitudinal CoF for front tires; tweaked AI performance
  • F-Extreme: Completely revised drivetrain physics including new ERS throttle map; revised default setup; Updated V6 Hybrid engine sounds
  • F-V10: Adjusted TC sound
  • F3: Reduced aero loss in draft
  • SuperV8: Fixed pit timings to realistic values

* The Custom Season Tool should be fairly intuitive to use - run the tool, select a series you wish to create a custom championship for, customize the calendar from all available track layouts, set up the scoring system (including option for separate points for multiple heat results, pole position, laps led), some basic rules and then save when you´re satisfied - your custom championship will then be listed in Championship mode for the series it was based on, and you can further customize it with the usual championship options in-game (opponent cars, opponent strength, race distance, number of heats, quali, tire / wear multipliers etc).

** Since arms are added as objects rather than 3D animation, they´re not articulated nor do they have gear shifting animations; for the same reason steering wheel rotation animation is limited to 90º in each direction when driver arms are installed; in some cars, driver arms configuration is merged with seat position and / or cockpit type; Most cars have visible driver arms from external view irrespective of whether cockpit configuration is used or not - exception being vehicles where this solution was not considered to look acceptable - specifically karts and Formula Truck do not feature driver arms.

*** In case of series with drivers featuring in multiple categories (ex Barrichello who is a driver in V10, StockV8, Kart) in order to get the series-correct team / driver performance, tire wear and start skill, user is advised to select the specific series rather than All Cars / Tracks.


GENERAL NOTES:

If you have an online race tonight, you may stick to or revert to the previous v1.3.7 by selecting that branch from the Steam Beta tab. Further instructions as to how to do that here.

If you have a bug to report please use the new bug report thread (make sure to check the opening post first).

If you experience any issues running the game following the update, it´s worth running a Steam Integrity Check to make sure all files have been added / updated correctly.

For further difficulties related to installing, running or setting up the game, please refer to USER MANUAL present as a launch option from Steam.


EDIT:Small v1.4.05 hotfix deployed to address the following:

  • Fixed bug with championship scoring not working
  • Fixed default scoring for F-Ultimate, F-Extreme & F-Reiza championships
  • Updated F-Extreme to use latest V6 Hybrid sounds
  • Hockenheim: Fixed invisible wall in t2 of short layouts
  • F-Vintage: Fixed missing CockpitVibrationMag in cockpitinfo.ini files
  • Montana: Fixed errors in pitgroups & added missing talent files
  • Ultima: Fixed loading error with one of the config options in Race model

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About This Game

AUTOMOBILISTA puts you in the driving seat of one of the most advanced racing simulators and delivers a uniquely diverse motorsports experience!

As the natural successor to Reiza Studios´ previous title - the highly regarded Stock Car Extreme, originally released in 2013 - AUTOMOBILISTA continues to simulate the premium Brazilian racing series such as Stock Car V8, Copa Petrobras de Marcas, Formula 3 Brasil and Mitsubishi Lancer Cup, now packing every car and every track from their respective 2015 championships.

Beyond the brazilian core, AUTOMOBILISTA is extensively complemented with one of the most diverse selections or racing vehicles you will find in a racing game: only in AUTOMOBILISTA will you be able to jump from a rental kart to a 800-HP single-seater; from drifting a Rallycross EvoX to jumping ramps in a Supertruck; from mastering the driving basics in a Formula Vee to managing a full 24h race in an endurance prototype; back and forth through historical and modern content featuring a sample from several decades of racing history - all of this and much more within a few mouse clicks. Thoroughly researched and cohesively developed for maximum simulation accuracy, AUTOMOBILISTA captures the fun only motorsports in its various forms can provide.

In addition to the content already present in Stock Car Extreme - all of which comprehensively upgraded - AUTOMOBILISTA turns it up to a new level by adding all the new cars & tracks proposed in the SimRacing Bonanza crowdfunding campaign, new simulation features such as dynamic track conditions, advanced transmission and tire modelling, substantial upgrades to physics, graphics & audio, new game modes and much more!


    These are some of the features that make AUTOMOBILISTA stand out as a purebred racing simulator:
  • Upscaled 720 Hz physics and 500 Hz input rates grants AMS super-accurate, high fidelity physics and Force Feedback
  • Vehicle physics based on models developed for professional racing teams with in-depth exclusive data
  • Minutely detailed and accurately modelled race tracks with 3D bumps with distinct surface properties
  • Engine sounds sampled from high-quality recordings of real cars
  • Capturing the ever-changing demands of racing.
  • Cars with old-style gearbox mechanisms will demand proper gear engagement by using the clutch or synchronizing revs.
  • Modern cars will demand handling of advanced electronic systems.
  • High downforce cars will create an aerodynamic wake for those that follow.
  • 24h cycles will allow racing from dusk to dawn and at night.
  • Dynamic track conditions turn the racing line into a grippy rubbery trail and builds up marbles offline
  • Dynamic tire damage & dirt pickup add further extra dimensions to the driving experience
sumption & estimate; Small tire revision in 86 version[/list]

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: 1,8 GHz or 100% compatible CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX9 Compatible with minumum 1GB Video Memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 25 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: 3,4 GHz or 100% compatible CPU
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX9 Compatible with minumum 2 GB Video Memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 25 GB available space
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