A bright and sunny morning sees Dennis Palatov and his Palatov Motorsport team join us at Infineon Raceway, home of the Simraceway Performance Driving Center, for a shakedown session of his exciting new D4 track/race car. With motoring journalists Leo Parente and Brian Makse also in attendance, we’re keen to see how the Simraceway D4 compares to the real-life track weapon, so we can give you the most realistic racing experience possible.
These are words that I have heard from many kids (even from ‘kids’ in their twenties) at the local kart track, but I recently had the chance to speak to a young man who really means them–and continues to prove it every day by chasing his dream, despite the difficult hand he was dealt at a young age.
Following the successful launches of our game public beta and groundbreaking SRW-S1 Steering Wheel, Simraceway’s creators, Ignite Game Technologies, were last week provided with an extra $5 million of funding, taking the total raised to date to $17.5 million.
This is great news for everyone associated with the project and we’re very grateful to our investors, both old and new, whose foresight and support have been instrumental in helping us bring our vision of reinventing the racing game to life.
However, we’d also like to thank you, our users, as without you Simraceway would just be a bunch of 000’s and 111’s sitting in a server somewhere. You bring Simraceway to life. Your racing, your support and, critically, your fervent feedback are making it one of the most welcoming and lively places to race online.
We’re thrilled to announce that today sees the launch of the Simraceway public beta. As with any beta, it’s important to emphasize that we’re not rolling out a shiny, finished game at this point. Instead, we’re asking for your help as we chart a new and exciting course for the racing game genre.
In August I talked about our excitement at partnering with gaming peripheral maker SteelSeries to produce a whole new kind of racing game controller. Today that controller has become a reality!
I said we were looking to produce something with the performance of a high-end wheel but with a price tag nearer to that of a joypad—something affordable enough to solve the ‘controller conundrum’ (the ‘choice’ between expensive, bulky wheel-and-pedal sets and limiting digital joypads) and open up a whole new racing experience to many of our players.
Simraceway and SteelSeries are proud to introduce the SRW-S1 Steering Wheel—an affordable, high-performance PC controller that opens up a whole new racing world to players frustrated by the limitations of joypads.
As well as the issue of accurate skill matching, which we mused on earlier, another massive challenge to anyone looking to produce a truly top-notch online racing game is the ‘controller conundrum’.
You see, somewhere along the line we’ve somehow convinced ourselves (possibly with a little help from the console platforms) that it’s OK to use joypads for racing games—and the vast majority of users continue to do just that.