This smells really bad.. Anyone else than me seeing a connection here?
Let me explain:
- Fanatec shows off some of their hardware in a video. In the video, they are using (confirmed by Fanatec) a game that has not yet been announced. The car is a Porsche Supercup-car, driving on Hockenheim.
- A new video shows up, now showing the GUI of the game. VirtualR does some research and posts this:
Originally Posted by VirtualR
The url on the GUI takes us to Automaniax, a website that offers little more than the possibility to leave an email-adress and a pretty Porsche background right now, along with the intriguing promise “Real Cars. Real Tracks.Real Motorsports.”.
After a bit of research, I stumbled across the following posted in the Rage3D forums:
Originally Posted by unknown post
It’s a full simulation game in development with Porsche currently and they plan on picking up other makes and licenses, it’s supposed to be a continually expanding online racing community (according to one of the devs)
I was at the new Porsche boxster launch this week and they had 4 sim units set up. Was very nice and felt very good, very realistic, amazing sounds and great models. The only car available was the gt3 cup and it was on hockenheim but I was very impressed. The race had 24 cars on track at once and the graphics were quite good.
Unfortunately, this is where the trail of info ends right now but that should be more than enough to get excited about the upcoming Automaniax title…..
(whole article: http://www.virtualr.net/automaniax-p...w-title-coming
So it seems that Porsche has hired someone to make a game for them, including the cars from the Porsche Supercup.
- After a while, VirtualR then posts this up - seems the game is using the SMS pCARS-engine:
Originally Posted by VirtualR
After quite a while of silence, there have been plenty of news on the project today, most of it being of the rather worrying kind.
Earlier today, Automaniax released a first video trailer of their Porsche Online racing title. The trailer quickly caused a stir in the World of Mass Development forums as Slightly Mad Studios’ distinct graphical quality is easily visible from watching the trailer.
The release of the video did not just irritate the members but stunned the studio staff themselves as Automaniax Porsche Online is using the studios work without their permission as Ian Bell confirmed in the WMD members forum:
“We were in negotiations with Automaniax and the head of Porsche marketing some time back with a view to us creating a product for them. We delivered some work to them. The contracts were not signed, the agreed funds were not received and we stopped the work”, Ian Bell commented. “We’re stunned here to see our work appear there.”
As clearly visible in the trailer, Automaniax is using Slightly Mad Studios’ Madness engine and assets created by the studio to run and/or promote their product without proper contracts and permission in place.
This isn’t the first sign of problems over at Automaniax as VirtualR received a mail from people close to the project a while ago, suggesting that the whole effort is in financial trouble and might not see the light of day.
Has this led to the questionable decision of using the assets without proper permission in place, a decision that would be even more significant by the fact that Automaniax’s product is sporting the trusted Porsche name to attract customers – A proven name that auto and sim racing enthusiasts around the world put their trust into without thinking twice?
(whole article: http://www.virtualr.net/automaniax-p...-legal-trouble
-Automaniax then shows up at the F1 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, with a couple of rigs playing the Hockenheim-track and the Porsche Supercup-car.
Though it's supposed to be work by SMS being used illegally, it's using rFactor as a base at this point.
Automaniax denies in a brief statement that it's work done by SMS, and SMS says it is their work and that they are going to take legal advice.
Full article about all that here: http://www.virtualr.net/automaniax-p...sy-new-details
-Then, after a while of silence on the SMS/Automaniax war, Enduracers is forced by Porsche to drop their Porsche Cup Series mod.......
So yeah, all in all, it seems that Porsche wanted a game, containing the Porsche Supercup series, everything got messed up and now they are taking it out on the community
Maybe they will eventually get this game made, and they fear that Enduracers mod will be much better - therefore getting it out of the way by using a copyright claim?
sorry for the slightly long post :p