The world of sim-racing will soon expand, with a new title called Rennsport should land in 2023.
Originally announced in April, the company developing RennsportCompetition Company GmbH, held a sim racing summit in its hometown of Munich to develop precisely what Rennsport is – and is not – as well as providing the opportunity for esports personalities to experience the title for themselves.
Competition Company is led by CEO Morris Hebecker. The name might not be familiar, but Hebecker is also CEO of Morphicon, a publisher involved in titles such as ArmA II expansion Arrowhead. As a developer, CC has about 45 employees.
Which platforms Rennsport Support?
Rennsport will be a PC racing game. While CC isn’t specifically excluding consoles at this time and describes them in job postings as “x-platform”, the fact is that much of what’s planned for Rennsport is simply easier to do on PC.
That said, the title is being developed with Unreal Engine 5. UE5 will be used for the game’s visuals, while CC will run a custom physics engine underneath, with lead Monster Truck Championship programmer Krzysztof Szczech moving from Teyon to the same role at CC .
What is the theme of Rennsport?
The name itself – the German word for “race” – offers no particular clue to the title’s theme. However, the game’s initial launch material described it as an “ultra-realistic racing game” and relied heavily on two GT3 racing cars: the BMW M4 GT3 and the Porsche 911 GT3 R. This includes the very first gameplay video , from the alpha version. :
Although it may sound like a lot Assetto Corsa Competizione, the top also introduced a third car into the mix in the form of Porsche’s Mission R concept. This suggests that GT3 racing might not be the sole focus of vehicle offerings.
Cars and tracks?
As you will see above, the current version includes the Hockenheimring circuit. The summit build included a course not particularly known as a GT3 racing circuit: Goodwood’s Hillclimb.
This could be related to the fact that CC plans to release Rennsport rigs at the Festival of Speed this summer, but it’s an interesting course to have at a big unveiling.
For now, only the two Porsche models and the BMW are included, but that’s only in this Alpha version. We will know more in due time.
VR support should be available out of the box, and CC is working with Epic Games to make triple screen support possible, citing an issue with UE5 that limits it. Dynamic time and weather seem to miss the launch window, but dynamic runway surfaces should land in time.
One thing Rennsport will particularly focus on is esports. It is planned to have a pilot ability and sportsmanship ranking system, similar to some other titles, and CC has partnered with ESL Gaming GmbH – known for its Battlefield, Counter-Strike, DOTAand tank world tournaments — in anticipation of major organized events.
There are two other crucial aspects to Rennsport. The first is that, as RaceRoom racing experience, CC expects it to be free. This means that it will consist of a set of free tracks and cars, with the player able to purchase add-ons as they wish.
However, this door is also expected to swing back and forth and players will also sell content – although how that will work is a mystery at this time.
In principle, each car of Rennsport will have its own unique Electronic Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), just like real-world cars. This means that each car will be distinct from the many others like it, carrying its own history with it. Players will also be able to create vehicles, via game mods.
You could then sell your cars to other players through an unspecified marketplace, although CC has yet to identify the technology that will underpin the transactions. Although by definition these items are not fungible, Hebecker is adamant that Rennsport is “not an NFT ****ing game”.
A public beta will be available later in 2022, with an open beta in 2023 ahead of a late 23rd launch window. Players will also be able to try out the title at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2022, and Rennsport is hosting a roadshow for the game – apparently in destinations around Germany – right now.