2017 will be fondly remembered as the year of the racing genre, with major releases like Project CARS 2, Gran Turismo Sport and Forza Motorsport 7 all released in the same year – and not forgetting other notable releases like DiRT 4, WRC 7 and F1 2017, to name a few. While 2017 was dominated with serious racing simulation games, 2018 promises to be the belated comeback of the arcade racer with games such as Milestone’s Gravel, Ivory Tower’s The Crew 2, and Codemasters’ Onrush to look forward to.
Having said that, hardcore racing simulation fans still won’t be left out. GTR 3 is coming to consoles and PC this year, and now Kunos Simulazioni has hinted that Assetto Corsa 2 might also be released in 2018. While the Italian developer hasn’t officially announced its development, the time seems right for Assetto Corsa to receive a direct sequel.
Assetto Corsa was initially released on Steam way back in 2014 before being ported to consoles two years later. While the realistic driving physics in Assetto Corsa are arguably unmatched and its car roster continues to grow with the release of regular car packs such as the Bonus Pack 3 released last month, there’s still room for improvement. Project CARS 2, for example, features dynamic weather and time of day effects – features that are sorely absent in Assetto Corsa.
“Even today, the community keeps asking for something new, and that is great as it means that you continue to keep us involved in fuelling your hobby, passion and training tools. To meet your expectations, and to support the features that our current technology cannot manage, some – actually a lot of – work will be required. So, it’s time to move forward,” Marco Massarutto, Assetto Corsa’s Brand and Product Manager, wrote in an end of year blog post. “When it arrived, there had been nothing like Assetto Corsa before. We are working hard to replicate this feeling with what there is to come in the future.”
That last statement in particular certainly suggests that Assetto Corsa 2 could be in development. Accompanying the blog post is an image showing fireworks lighting up a night sky celebrating the new year, which could also suggest that night racing, a feature that’s often been requested by the community, will feature in the sequel, or possibly as an update for the current game. Would you welcome a sequel to Assetto Corsa?