Free-to-Play sports games have been on the decline recently. The most popular sports and racing related F2P titles are those from the last 3+ years, with barely any making a discernible splash in 2012. SimBin Studios aims to set the pace for sports games of 2013 with the release of their realistic racing simulator RaceRoom Racing Experience. Besides having one of the most non-inspiring names for a racing simulator (couldn’t they have taken a note from Gran Turismo or Dirt), the game aims to offer players a very realistic racing experience with realistic car physics and impressive car visuals.
The open beta for the game is now live with plans to release the full game and its cash shop next week. I dropped into the beta this morning and curiously it doesn’t seem to offer any multiplayer modes, at least yet. The option is grayed out with only a time attack global leaderboard challenge mode currently available. A total of five free cars and two tracks in six layouts will be available to players upon release with more available to buy from the store. Unfortunately the developers seem to be content charging real money for everything from new tracks and cars to even new game modes.
Prices are in Euros with individual car model prices range from 199 vRP to 329 vRP which is approximately 2 – 3,5 EUR. Tracks will generally be running from 349 vRP to 549 vRP or about 3,5 – 5,5 EUR. Tracks and cars will also be available from time to time in bundles. New game modes such as the Get Real package and Apex Hunt will be available for 99 vRP equaling 1 EUR.