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.

No news yet on whether the game will also offer a free currency by which players can unlock the extra content as well. You can participate in the open beta by downloading the game through Steam here.

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  1. Cyberpunk on January 23, 2013

    Dont like track racing games,think they are really boaring but i do love open world/street racing games

  2. baido on January 23, 2013

    this game is not multiplayer 🙁

  3. ZhaoYun on January 23, 2013

    well if this is what i think it is(f2p game which requires u as spunk said to pay for extra content they release in the game)then i doubt i will play it i am not a fan of racing but i don’t mind playin racing games i was gonna watch the video but after reading comments/article i ain’t gonna do that thumbs down from me for this game

  4. reavermyst on January 22, 2013

    Wait, no. This is NOT an Open beta. Who ever posted this is mislead by a long shot. I checked with Steam and there’s absolutely NO indication of this being in OPEN beta. I did download it and it does give me options to try the game out, BUT I have to submit an application for the CLOSED beta.

    I have a feeling this is going to be more like a buy to play with a teaser demo that was uploaded to the “Free to play” section on Steam. Very misleading.

    • spunkify Author on January 22, 2013

      Its what was in the press release. I got on this morning but didn’t see any payment options. I do know the game is F2P (according to everything i’ve read so far) but seems to require extra payments for additional content.

      • Reavermyst on January 23, 2013

        Honest opinion, that’s kind of a poor model for a racing game. Online Racing games are kind of uncommon, especially free to play titles, more-so for Sim racing!

        As for the Open beta Launch, it may have been a tad early to release that kind of news. The game only offers a demo of sorts with no additional content what so ever aside from what is available to closed beta members.

  5. reavermyst on January 22, 2013

    Jeeze, I sure do hope they don’t do the “Buy-4-Fun” model at full release and allow for a decent share of free content. That model only works for games with cash economies. I do not see a cash economy popping up in this game at all. If you’re gonna go free-to-play, give us a cash shop with free content. I’ll take a look at it, but if nothing changes, I probably will bury it in the pile of forgotten games.

  6. Germaximus on January 22, 2013

    eh? This has been free to play on Steam for quite awhile now. =p

    • kelphead on January 23, 2013

      What has been on steam is only a demo of one car and track. There are currently 12 cars and 5 tracks with various configurations in game at the moment.

  7. kelphead on January 22, 2013

    This is a multiplayer game with singleplayer modes. This is also a sim not an arcade racer..

  8. Yoshifan on January 22, 2013

    oh come on, one more of those so called “realistic” raceing games (Grand Tursimo clone) ?!? what happend to fun racers like Kart Raider? God damn it!!!

    • Denis on January 23, 2013

      yeah, Kart Rider like game from company which made best in the world sims…
      tried it in cbt – physics is awesome (I’m sim fan), not iRacing, but still one of the best on the market
      as well as graphics

  9. falcon on January 22, 2013

    can this game be available in ps3 ? 😀

  10. nekodeus on January 22, 2013

    It looks pretty damn good, but I can’t see it lasting… at all.

  11. Aladeen on January 22, 2013

    Where is all the mmo news o.O

    • spunkify Author on January 22, 2013

      None today so far!

      • Adrian87 on January 22, 2013

        Firefall has another public beta weekend, 25 to 27 january, if i’m not mistaking 😀 news worthy i think.

        RaceRoom Racing looks ok, but i don’t like racing games to much. Haven’t played many racing games in the last few years, won’t start now.
        Did you try The Last Stand: Dead Zone? I doubt it’s something mmobomb would cover, but after seeing freefall first look, i thought i could make this suggestion.

  12. Takerukun3 on January 22, 2013

    Gameglobe didn’t have a real multiplayer only the sharing of levels and they still covered it. now since its released i wonder if there is a real multiplayer? my idea would be like invite friends and vote a level to play.

  13. Playeronesvk on January 22, 2013

    why it is there when it is non multiplayer game = no future

  14. youtro on January 22, 2013

    Why is there an offline game on mmobomb?; **MMO**

    • spunkify Author on January 22, 2013

      Its not an offline mode game, We cover more then just MMOs in the general sense. We cover multiplayer games that are F2P and have a persistent element to them which this does. The game just doesnt have the normal multiplayer mode available until launch it seems.

  15. ThatGuy on January 22, 2013


    • llazyad on January 22, 2013

      Aaa damn, can’t see flash video from windows phone 8, they should fix this ffs