Firstly, I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and extra time with their loved ones.
I can announce now that the next update with engine suppliers is set for a January release. In the last developer blog I mentioned that more details would be released nearer the time, so here are a few more insights in to what will be in this update:
- Driver special abilities - This will include 'qualifying', 'street circuit' and 'wet weather' specialist abilities. Drivers will have an edge in conditions that highlight their special ability.
- Driver BMI - Replacing the current primitive 'weight' calculations, drivers will have a BMI (Body Mass Index) value, calculated using their height and weight. They will perform best when their BMI is at the optimal ratio.
- Driver's 'favourite circuit' - As with special abilities, each driver will have a favourite circuit where they excel.
Along with the ability to become an engine manufacturer, these represent a lot of new performance factors to manage, and should really spice up the racing.
If you read my blog, you will know that I anticipated the update arriving sooner, but these things are always hard to predict whilst in development. The strangest things that have nothing to do with development can impact development timelines. This has been a challenging year for us, and for a few months now, I've been the only developer. I thought all possible setbacks were behind me at the time of the last blog, but life found a way to introduce a bunch more. I've maintained development throughout and largely navigated these matters, so now and my focus returns to finalising this update and preparing it for beta testing. The update is in a working state on my development server, so with some finishing touches it will be ready for beta testing soon.
Wishing you all a Happy Christmas, New Year and some great racing this winter!