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.

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.

24 COMMENTS

  1. 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

  2. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

  3. 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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!!!

    • 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

      • 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.

  5. 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.

    • 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.

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