Italian developer Kunos Simulazioni announced that Assetto Corsa Competizione has entered into Early Access on Steam for $24.99. The game will stay in Early Access for the next five months and there will be six builds that will release to those who purchase the Early Access edition, giving them access to the new content along the way until the full release in February of 2019.
The starting content will be bare bones but Kunos Simulazioni tries to assure fans that there will be new cars, new tracks, and new content arriving at regular intervals until the game is complete.
As noted in the Early Access FAQ, the earlier you buy the game the cheaper it is; each new build will bring new content and will raise the price until it launches at full price.
Not everyone is elated at the idea of paying upfront now on the promise of getting content later. A few Steam users have expressed their own frustrations with having only a limited number of accessible cars and tracks at the moment, and for the dearth of content.
However, the people discontent at the Early Access roll out are certainly in the minority, as the majority of user reviews praise Kunos for the physics, the difficulty, and the realism, with a few people calling it the “Dark souls of racing games”.
At the time of writing this article, Assetto Corsa Competizioni has a “Very Positive” user review rating and more than 460 user reviews profiled.
The full game will feature the FIA GT3 homologated championship, featuring real life teams, cars, and circuits, along with various race types that span from sprints and endurance races, to the Spa 42 Hours monster.
A complete roadmap of the content was outlined in the press release, so you have an idea of what new cars and tracks will be added over the next six months:
- September 2018:
- New Car: Lamborghini Huracan GT3
- New Track: Nurburgring Grand Prix
- New Features: Special Events, Hotlap and Quick Races
- October 2018:
- New Car: Bently Continental GT3
- New Track: Misano World Circuit
- New Features: Super Pole, Virtual Reality Support and Basic Pit-Stops
- November 2018:
- New Car: BMW M6 GT3
- New Track: Circuit de Paul Ricard
- New Features: Endurance 3/6h, Basic Multiplayer and Full Pit-Stop
- December 2018:
- New Car: Ferrari 488 GT3′
- New Track: Hungaroing
- New Features: Spectator Mode Introduced
- January 2019:
- New Car: Emil Frey Jaguar G3
- New Track: Zolder
- New Features: Enhanced Multiplayer Launches
- February 2019:
- New Car: Honda Acura NSX GT3
- New Track: Monza Eni Circuit
- New Features: Live Special Events
For more information on Assetto Corsa Competizione, feel free to visit the Steam store page.