iRacing’s New Rain Feature Postponed to March 2024

iRacing's New Rain Feature Postponed to March 2024
Author Alessio Lorandi
Alessio Lorandi
December 4, 2023

In a surprising turn of events, recent speculations about the imminent arrival of rain in iRacing were abruptly quashed. The delay was disclosed by none other than Executive Producer Greg Hill, who chose the official forums as the platform to provide a comprehensive update on the matter.

Development Progress and Caution

The anticipation had been fueled by the November Dev Update, which asserted that the integration of wet weather racing into iRacing was on the verge of realization. 

While the development process has indeed reached an advanced stage, the forthcoming Season 1 2024 update, scheduled for next week, will not introduce rain to the simulation.

Development Progress and Caution

The new weather system, aptly named ‘Tempest,’ is described by Hill as “a collection of systems that have their hooks deeply integrated into every area of our codebase.” 

He emphasizes the need for careful implementation and extensive testing, highlighting the developers’ commitment to ensuring a seamless experience for users. 

As is customary with iRacing’s features and content, the team aims to avoid premature releases, preferring to address any potential issues before making them available to the community.

Projections and Release Timeline

Addressing the delay, Hill discloses, “We are going to really push for a release along with the March build.” 

Projections and Release Timeline

Dismissing any notions of a surprise release timed with the 24 Hours of Daytona in January, he adds, “While it might be ‘fun’ to spring it on you unannounced and at 3 am during the Daytona 24, we will spare you from that surprise .”

Sneak Peek into Season 1 2024

Simultaneously, Hill provides a glimpse into what the upcoming Season 1 2024 build has in store for iRacing enthusiasts. 

Refined off-track physics, the initial phase of the oval refresh, and the integration of the New Damage Model on 18 cars are among the notable features in the pipeline. 

Sneak Peek into Season 1 2024

Additionally, users can anticipate new content additions, enhancing the overall iRacing experience.

In conclusion, while the prospect of rain in iRacing remains on the horizon, the delay serves as a testament to the developers’ commitment to delivering a polished and thoroughly tested ‘Tempest’ weather system. 

As the community awaits the March build, the promise of enhanced features and content in Season 1 2024 adds to the anticipation, ensuring that when rain eventually arrives, it will be a seamless and immersive experience for all iRacing enthusiasts.

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Alessio Lorandi

Alessio has been involved at the highest levels in racing since the age of 5 (2003). He won a CIK-FIA World Championship in 2013 and then raced in F3, F2, and finally GT3s before now dedicating himself to SOLOX. He’s now on a mission to help thousands of sim racers around the world achieve their fullest potential through his ACC setups.

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