In the latest statement, Kunos Simulazioni has teased the prospects of a career mode being featured in the upcoming PC sim, Assetto Corsa.
As worded by Marco Masarruttto (the Production Manager at Kunos), the feedback from the Technology Preview Demo has allowed the development team to "reconsider some features and options that should be included in the first release of AC".
What makes that bit of info more interesting is the phrase that came after it in closed brackets: "who said “career” mode?".
Whilst the next paragraph in the statement did counter that possibility from being a definite certainty with the sentence "we had already scheduled to include some of these features in additional packages", the fact a career mode has been mentioned by one of Kunos' senior team members is certainly intriguing.
Especially when you consider that Assetto Corsa will be the first Kunos-developed sim to feature AI – racing against a grid of NPCs has been the backdrop for almost every racing title to date, so it wouldn't be out of the question.
The statement also went on to explain why Assetto Corsa is yet to go on sale (AC was supposed to have been released in the first quarter of this year), with collecting data on the Pagani Huayra so Kunos can "reproduce this ‘hypercar’ at the best", associations with "big-name companies" and the aforementioned Preview Demo feedback all contributing to the delay.
.Masarrutto, though, seems confident that more details about Assetto Corsa will be revealed sooner rather than later, with these announcements expected to contain information on "all main features and contents included in the game", as well as previews of the gameplay.
The full statement can be found below, for your reading pleasure:
Ok, some flash news. The inclusion of Pagani Huayra in Assetto Corsa hasn’t been officially revealed but is not a secret anymore, we have collected all data we need to reproduce this ‘hypercar’ at the best.
The AC Tech Preview has had an unexpected impact on our activities, adding a massive interest about our software technology.
This requires time and is one of the reasons of the lack of information released in April. Also, we have received a lot of feedback and suggestions not only by gamers but also by a lot of videogaming journalists and by other people involved in this business, that helped us to reconsider some features and options that should be included in the first release of AC (who said “career” mode?).
We had already scheduled to include some of these features in additional packages, but we believe that the potential of Assetto Corsa has become so high that we must take the right decisions at the right time, also in relation of distribution channels we’ll use to sell and distribute our game.
Soon, we’ll have the answer to the most frequently asked question related to Assetto Corsa: “when?”, cos’ we have a precise date in mind. Also we’ll reveal all main features and contents included in the game, starting to show&talk about gameplay.
Rest assured, we're not going to be giving up on Assetto Corsa anytime soon…
What are your thoughts on this statement? Are you looking forward to the possibility of a career mode in Assetto Corsa, as well as when the final details are released, or have you given up hope on and just wish it'd be out already? Let us know in the comments section, and on our Assetto Corsa forum.