By Team SimRacingWorld
20 July 2003
Hello from the Live for Speed developers!
We are very pleased to announce that we have released Live for Speed S1, an online racing simulator for the PC. It was released late on Thursday night and has been extremely well received by our existing community who have been playing a test version of the demo for nearly a year.
In addition to the demo content (3 cars and 4 track configurations), the S1 release contains :
- 4 new cars including front, rear and four wheel drive
- a city track area with 8 track configurations
- a countryside track with 8 road configurations and 4 rallycross configurations
- a skid pad
- a drag strip
- an autocross area and an autocross editor which allows the user to place objects such as tyres, cones, banners and checkpoints to create a course which is visible online to anyone who joins his or her host.
Now we'll explain a little more about Live for Speed's history and further down the page you will find more detailed information.
Created by Scawen Roberts (programmer), Eric Bailey (artist) both formerly from Lionhead Studios and Victor van Vlaardingen (musician and webmaster) formerly known in the Demo Scene, Live for Speed Demo Test has been available for free download since August 2002 from www.liveforspeed.net and has become widely known and respected in the sim-racing communities, and brought many new people into sim-racing. Spread until now mainly by word of mouth, we already have nearly 10,000 registered users.
Eric and Scawen have been working from their homes in London and Victor from his small music studio in Holland since March 2001 and finally our first commercial release, known as S1, is ready! :) It is available from the internet as a full version which is unlocked by the user after paying online and receiving an unlocking key to transform it from Demo into Full version.
The simulator : is programmed with the aim of maximum realism, the car's motion is worked out purely through forces acting through the tyres and other external forces and is not "faked" in any way as many more simplistic racing games are.
The quality : graphical and physical, makes it one of the best there has ever been. The graphics is up to date and highly detailed and allows you to see far into the distance with minimal pop-up.
Accessibility : we have found that this game is loved by both hardcore sim-racers and people who have previously found realistic simulators too difficult to have fun.
Online play : is one of the main reasons for Live for Speed's popularity, with an easy connection system - you simply click on List of Games then select the game you want to join.
Setup Options : For adjusting a cars settings, there is a setup screen in game where you can adjust many things from suspension settings to gear ratios and you can instantly see and test the results of those changes. In addition to these options, there is a large number of other user adjustable options for graphics, gameplay, and general preferences
Controls : Live for Speed can be controlled by mouse, keyboard, joystick or steering wheel. The best controller is a force feedback steering wheel, as the steering forces can be felt very clearly, helping to control the car on the limit.
The Future : Live for Speed S1 is a "complete" product in itself but will be adding a lot more content and many new features for the S2 and S3 releases. Sales from the S1 release fund our future development and of course give our community far more variety than they previously had in the Demo Test.
Publishing : We are not using a publisher to fund and distribute Live for Speed, we are remaining 100% independent and this has enabled us to keep the simulator just as we want it to be. For this reason, the S1 release is available only by downloading from our website and mirrors, and we expect to be able to distribute it on magazine cover disks as well now that the full version is available. S1 comes as a 140MB zip which behaves exactly as the demo until unlocked online with an unlocking key available from www.liveforspeed.net after purchasing an S1 licence costing £12 UK.
More info : If you would like to know more about the simulator, please visit our website at www.liveforspeed.net where you will find links to screenshots, downloads, faqs and to our official forum and more, or contact us via email for more information.
Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoy Live for Speed... :)
Scawen Roberts, Eric Bailey and Victor van Vlaardingen