A Small Car on a Big Map – Version 0.15 released

Good news, everyone!

You have all been very patient, and the wait is finally over: today we’re releasing the new update, which includes some hotly anticipated features, including:

The Autobello Piccolina might seem funny and small, but it’s no joke. Taking cues from German and Italian economy cars of the 50s and 60s, we’ve created the perfect match for the new Italy map. It’s lightweight, nimble, and durable, but of course, absolutely terrible in a collision. You might find yourself giggling as it eagerly pivots around switchbacks and narrow cobblestone streets; however, some unnerving lift oversteer will put the fear in you as speeds increase. Powered by an air-cooled engine, there is no radiator to damage, but keep an eye on the temperature gauge, as too much hard work without enough airflow can swing the temperatures into the red. As the base model might be a bit too mild for some, we have included tons of customization parts to make things more exciting. Kit it out as a vintage racer, street machine, or baja buggy!

That’s an area of 16km², four times as much as our previous largest map. Italy features 120 kilometers of lovingly hand-crafted twisty roads, together with more than 4,300 manually placed traffic signs, and of course the vast amounts of associated road marking, fences, curbs, walls and other roadside features.

This road network links together several rural and urban areas made up of roughly 2,100 buildings. Going further off road, you’ll find Italy includes no less than 140,000 individual plants. And that’s not all, as a few areas have yet to be populated with further detail and polish in future updates.

All of this combined meant that initial versions of Italy were simply too resource intensive. This forced us to postpone the original release date some months ago, so we could optimize our game engine for this kind of complex map.

After all that work, we’ve seen framerates improving up to 240% on Italy, which means it’s now playable on most computers.

These optimizations may partially translate into other maps, depending very heavily on the map and on your hardware. As an example, here’s the improvement at ECA and WCUSA maps, as tested in a particular computer configuration:

Your mileage may vary, but we think most computers should see some improvement, so cross your fingers and check for yourself. Which, by the way, is a good excuse to test drive 700+ kilograms of post-war economy goodness, and discover all of its variants, aftermarket parts, and colorable paint jobs! 😉

The whole BeamNG team wishes you all some happy, relaxing Christmas holidays!

Thanks for the awesome year 2018, on to career mode in 2019! 🙂

If you need to kill time until you reach your computer or the update downloads, you can continue reading the full list of the changes for version 0.15:

Physics

AI

Powertrain

Graphics Engine

Vehicles

Levels

Scenarios and Time Trials

Bus Routes

Track Builder

Sounds

User Interface

Replay

Input

Controller

Launcher

Misc

An up to date list of known issues can be found in the dedicated Feedback & Bug Reporting Thread here.

Instructions on how to update the game here.

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