Assetto Corsa Competizione, is now available on Steam Early Access. Full release targeted for end of Q1 2019.

Assetto Corsa Competizione, the official Blancpain GT Series sim racing game, has launched on Steam in Early Access. Developers KUNOS Simulazioni announced the game back on the 21st February earlier this year, promising an Early Access release this Summer. So they’ve met their initial release target.

Why Early Access?

As with any game that launches in Steam Early Access, it’s not in a complete state. KUNOS claims that they are using the Early Access program to “test hardware compatibilities, performance and online functionalities, which will be added progressively in order to guarantee the best level of quality and optimization in the final product”. Interestingly, in it’s current state, the game has limited features: one car (Lamborghini Huracàn GT3), one track (Nurburgring GP) and a few game modes (Special Events, Hotlap, and Quick Race).

Roadmap and Pricing

Thankfully, KUNOS also released the game’s early access roadmap on their official website, so you can see what features are planned. The roadmap details six monthly releases, with a full release targeting the end of Q1 2019. So Assetto Corsa Competizione is planned to be in Early Access for around six months. Another important thing to note in the roadmap is the game’s pricing model. The game is currently priced at €24.99 (£22.49), however, two price increases are planned during Early Access. Release 3, scheduled for 14th November 2018, will increase the game’s price to €34.99. Release 5, scheduled for 19th January 2019, will further increase the game’s price to €44.99.

VR enthusiasts will have to wait for the next release, scheduled for 10th October 2018, for VR support. It’s currently unclear which VR platforms will be supported. Of course, more cars and tracks, based on the 2018 Blancpain GT Series, will be added with each release. A rating system is planned which will rate players on various skills including performance, safety, consistency, and car control. Another interesting planned feature is Spectator Mode, though the roadmap doesn’t reveal any details about it.

Full Release, and Beyond

Upon full release, the game will have all planned game modes, including Career, Championship, single and multiplayer, and a complete rating and matchmaking system. The full release doesn’t mark the end of development for Assetto Corsa Competizione. Cars, teams, and tracks from the 2019 Blancpain GT Series will be added as a free update in Summer 2019.

Assetto Corsa Competizione was announced to be one of the first titles to support NVidia’s new ray tracing technology at NVidia’s keynote, at Gamescom 2018.

Are you excited to play Assetto Corsa Competizione? Are to planning on purchasing it now, or at a later stage?