Developer sees “no reason” to add promised RTX support to Assetto Corsa Competizione

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Developer sees “no reason” to add promised RTX support to Assetto Corsa Competizione

Nvidia RTX support still remains rare in the world of PC gaming, despite the company’s best efforts to bring developers on board. Now, it looks like some of Nvidia’s previously announced RTX titles will not receive graphical updates for quite some time. Now, a developer from Kunos Simulazioni has stated that they have “no reason” to spend development resources on the feature. 

Ever since the reveal of Nvidia’s RTX series of graphics cards, the company had created a list of games which “will feature real-time ray tracing“. This list included Assetto Corsa Competizione, with Nvidia going so far as to use the game as an example of how ray tracing could impact in-game visuals. A Gamescom RTX demo for Assetto Corsa Competizione is embedded below. 

On the official Assetto Corsa Forums, a staff member called “Aristotelis” released the following statement on RTX support within Assetto Corsa Competizione. In this statement, he commented that the company had a “long list of priorities” that trumped RTX support. Furthermore, Aristotelis noted that the company had “no reason to steal development resources and time for a very low frame rate implementation”  of Assetto Corsa Competizione. His full statement can be read below. 
 

    Our priority is to improve, optimize, and evolve all aspects of ACC. If after our long list of priorities the level of optimization of the title, and the maturity of the technology, permits a full blown implementation of RTX, we will gladly explore the possibility, but as of now there is no reason to steal development resources and time for a very low frame rate implementation.

One thing that must be noted is that Assetto Corsa Competizione officially released on May 29th, 2019 after releasing on Steam Early Access. While development is ongoing, it is hard to see “optimisation” as an excuse here. Assetto Corsa Competizione is a retail product, and as such should have reached a solid level of software maturity.

Furthermore, while none of Kunos’ official marketing materials lists RTX support amongst the game’s planned features, the company never denied Nvidia’s claims that RTX support was coming to the game. There is no shortage of articles about Assetto Corsa Competizione that discuss the game’s plans to support Nvidia RTX raytracing. Kunos Simulazioni has not denied any of these claims. We have contacted Assetto Corsa Competizione for further comments on this issue.

When Nvidia revealed its RTX series of graphics cards, Assetto Corsa Competizione was one of Nvidia’s highlight games alongside Battlefield V and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. At a minimum, Kunos Simulazioni has been deceptive with its marketing of Assetto Corza Competizione, as the game’s planned RTX support garnered a lot of headlines at Gamescom 2018. We hope to update this article as we learn more. 

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