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A big highlight from 2020 was art of rally, the indie racer from Funselektor Labs developer of Absolute Drift (get it free until June 19) and there's a big overhaul update out now.

This update has been in the works for about 6 months now the developer said, bringing with it an updated UI from one an artist who worked on the also fabulous Mini Metro. There's even a dark mode included (hooray, my eyes!) and there's UI scaling now too. You can also see cross-platform leader boards and downloadable ghosts now too. Check out the new trailer to show it off:

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Some of what's new includes:

  • huge re-design of the UI and also dark mode and UI scaling
  • cross-platform leaderboards with downloadable ghosts of anyone you see on the leaderboard
  • car physics body collider is less bouncy
  • lowered the maximum torque rpm for all cars.
  • raised the rev limit for group 2 cars and vans.
  • updated baseline ai times
  • rain ai times use faster times from the wet leaderboards

There's also other improvements:

  • optimized grass shader
  • optimized vegetation cutout shader
  • lighting for all times-of-day have only one light instead of multiple lights for better performance.
  • stages now use ambient light from the skybox instead of a gradient, which gives equal or better lighting to the previous multiple directional lights and also doesn't tint the dust/smoke blue.
  • updated localization for new terms and also fixed some existing terms
  • road bumps have been toned down as they were throwing the car at high speeds
  • last used cars and liveries are now saved between runs so you no longer need to cycle through and pick your favourite every time

And of course a good dose of bug fixing has been done too.

One game not to miss out on for sure.

You can buy art of rally for Linux from GOG and Steam.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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4 comments

whizse 18 Jun
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The dark mode for the menu is nice. Still some stages are even brighter than the menu. The Norway snow stages driven in fog actually doubles as cheap Lasik if you press your eyeballs to the screen!

Anyhow, now we wait for Kenya, in-game and IRL!
Quotecross-platform leaderboards with downloadable ghosts of anyone you see on the leaderboard

Let's hope it's true for the gog version. It's an incredible game, but time attack with just your times is not the most fun experience.
dpanter 21 Jun
Dark mode was an unexpected addition but a most welcome one to be sure.
Snow stages might still need sunglasses...

Dark mode for Absolute Drift as well please!
absolute drift is completely in white mode. would be better if there was a dark mode there too!
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