You will also never see the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Assetto Corsa Competizione.
Following the PS4 and Xbox ports released in 2020, Assetto Corsa Competizione received an upgrade for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. It’s available on digital stores now, with a physical release on February 24. Owners of the original PS4 and Xbox One ports can also download the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S update for free.
The update gives Assetto Corsa Competizione a next-gen paint job, with more faithful 4K graphics and smoother performance running at 60 frames per second.
In a long interview with GTPlanet, Kunos Simulazioni co-founder Marco Massarutto has revealed new details about the future of Assetto Corsa. Massarutto also provided an overview of the porting process to next-gen platforms and revealed future DLC plans for ACC.
No PSVR 2 support planned
With ACC now available on PS5, we were hoping Kunos Simulazioni would add support for PSVR 2 in a future update. However, Massarutto revealed that there are currently no plans for PSVR 2 support in ACC.
However, this may change in the future. Since the hardware is still in the development phase, Kunos will monitor the capabilities of the VR headset before deciding whether or not to add support for PSVR 2. However, we have no hope, as ACC is a notoriously demanding game to run in VR, even on a powerful PC.
The next-gen version of ACC will also not have cross-play support across different generations of platforms. That means you can’t race against PS4 players on a PS5, for example.
Massarutto explained that the ACC doesn’t have crossplay because the higher resolution and frame rate would give next-gen gamers an advantage online. Next-gen versions also have private lobbies, which aren’t supported on last-gen consoles or PCs.
New car and track pack
The next-gen port of ACC was handled by Untold Games, an Italian studio specializing in Unreal Engine. The distribution of resources allowed Kunos Simulazioni to work on updates for ACC and Assetto Corsa 2.
The next-gen upgrade isn’t the only update slated for ACC this year. A new car pack will be released in “early spring”, followed by a new track pack in summer.
A teaser has already confirmed that the car pack will include Lamborghini Huracan ST Evo II, Audi R8 LMS Evo II, BMW M2 CS Racing, Ferrari 488 Challenge and Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 992. Other cars are also planned, but license agreements are still in progress. being finalized.
Regarding the track pack, Massarutto announced that the new circuits will extend the ACC beyond GT World Challenge Europe. A recent teaser already hinted that Circuit of the Americas would be included in the DLC.
Unfortunately, one track you’ll never see in ACC is the Nurburgring Nordschleife, despite fan requests.
“All our players ask for the Nordschleife in Competizione, but they will never see it!” I know it’s bad news, but in fact the Nordschleife is also our favorite track. Every year we spend a week there for R&D activities, fun, etc., so you don’t have to convince me! But the Nordschleife is not part of the SRO calendar.
Assetto Corsa 2 will have a completely new engine
Beyond ACC, Kunos Simulazioni is already working on Assetto Corsa 2, which is slated for release in 2024. Details on the sequel are scarce, but Massarutto has confirmed that it will run on a new in-house engine like the original game. . Kunos, however, considered using Unreal Engine 5 in AC2, as ACC runs on UE4.
“Kunos Simulazioni is not a game studio, it’s much more a technology provider, and ‘accidentally’ we also make racing games!”